Punk, classic rock, metal and pop music played throughout the night and helped raise $1,600 at the Second Annual Battle for the Battle to benefit the American Cancer Society. Hosted by McCann School of Business & Technology Hazleton and Pottsville Campuses, along with T102 Radio, this teen event was held Dec. 9 at the Citizens Fire Company in Mahanoy City. The event, for high school students in grades 9-12, consisted of six bands participating in the Battle of the Bands, as well as a Last Man Dancing Contest. All proceeds from this event will be split between the Carbon-Tamaqua, Hazleton, and Schuylkill Chapters of the American Cancer Society.
Bands performing included: A.D.D. (Lehighton); As Cities Fall (Allentown); $Fifty Dollar Day (Schuylkill Haven); RAIL (Hazleton); Subject One (Bernville) and Waking Up Dead (Marian). A.D.D. was the overall winner of the Battle of the Bands, receiving a grand prize of a recording session worth $500, plus will have the opportunity to perform at Penn's Peak during the live television broadcast of the American Cancer Society's Telethon in April. They were also selected as the Teen Choice Award winner. Band members include Matt Mcgeehan, age 15; Nick Mcgeehan age 13; Tyler Ritter age 14; Cody McGeehan age 16 ; and Paul Ermlich age 15.
All attendees received a chance to win an iPad2 with their entry fee, with additional chances offered to students that raised additional funds. Joe Turner of Marian High School was the winner of the iPad2, while Crystal Russel, Mahanoy Area, was the Last Man Dancing winner.
Additionaly, over 100 Christmas cards were filled out and will be sent to cancer patients at Hope Lodge in Hershey. "We wanted to help people battle cancer not only monetarily, but by also by letting them know people are thinking about them during the holidays," remarked Lori Kane, Community Relations Specialist, McCann. "A well wish during the holiday will hopefully bring a smile to their face."