Hundreds of young spectators showed up the enjoy the Battle of The Bands held recently at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville to benefit the American Cancer Society. The event, which raised over $2,000, was for high school students grades 9-12.
It consisted of a Battle of the Bands as well as a Dance Off. Eleven bands participated in the Battle for the Battle. They included: A.D.D., Lehighton; Alive By Night, North Schuylkill; Bad Weekend; Tamaqua; Brown Bear & the Cubs, Weatherly; CCTI; Our Battle Our War, Pottsville; Planet Apple, Tamaqua; RAIL, Hazleton; Story of Another, Tamaqua; Subject One, Bernville; and The Duke, Tamaqua. Each band performed two songs with the grand prize being a recording package.
The Dance Off was open to individuals and groups, with prizes consisting of spa packages. Both events also had a judges panel and a Teen Choice Award, with both winners having the opportunity to perform at Penn's Peak during the live broadcast of the American Cancer Society's Telethon April 9-10. RC from T102 entertained in between sets. Besides entertainment, students had the opportunity to decorate Christmas balls that were to be given to patients at the Simon Kramer Institute. Students also designed Christmas cards that were given to patients at Hope Lodge. McCann School of Business & Technology Hazleton and Pottsville Campus and T102 Radio hosted the teen event.
All attendees received a chance to win an iPad, with five additional chances being given for every $25 raised and 25 chances for every $100. The school with the most representation in attendance received $100 to use toward their school's prom. All the money raised benefited the local American Cancer Society units in Carbon-Tamaqua; Hazleton; and Schuylkill County.
The event consisted of four dance acts. The Story of Another band won the overall prize, which was a recording package worth over $500. Alive By Night won the Teen Choice Award. Pablo Lopez, Minersville, won the Dance Off. In addition to volunteers from the ACS, McCann staff, faculty, students, volunteered their time. Criminal Justice students also volunteered as security.
Battle of the Bands organizer Lori Kane, Community Relations Specialist, McCann School of Business and Technology, stated, "As a long time volunteer of the Carbon Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society, I understand the power of youth. We had students from so many different schools across three counties that only meet one another when they are in competition. Tonight, they banded together to not only raise money for a great cause, but had a great time in doing so." "Expect bigger and better for 2011!", she concluded.