Hawk TV will be hosting its annual Rock N’ Raise charity event on Friday, Feb. 20 from 1- 4:30 pm in the TV studio of the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication building.
Rock N’ Raise is a live battle of the bands event. All proceeds of the event will go towards the American Cancer Society and Hawk TV’s Relay for Life Team.
The event will broadcast live on Hawk TV, Channel 12 on campus and will also be streaming live on WMCX 88.9 FM.
“I think Rock N’ Raise is so important to me because it’s an event that brings all of my favorite things together: live music, production, and the Hawk TV family,” said Olivia Caruso, a senior communication student and one of the producers of Rock N’ Raise.
Rock N’ Raise has been an ongoing process since last semester as the students had to plan and build the sets for the event far in advance.
“We started producing the show back in early December and to see how things have progressed and are coming together is such a great feeling,” said Alexis Morrison, a junior communication student and one of the producers of the event.
“For me, building the sets was the most exciting part,” said Caruso.
“After constructing six wooden frames, we lined the edges with nails and strung colorful yarn back and forth creating a starburst illusion when lit,” Caruso continued.
Along with Caruso and Morrison, senior communication student Courtney Carr is another producer of the event. The three girls set a goal of raising $2,000 by the end of Rock N’ Raise.
With online donations and current ticket sales, as of Feb. 12 Hawk TV has raised $2,030.
Morrison said since they have exceeded their original goal, the producers are hoping to now raise $2,500.
“The support has been incredible and I’m excited to see how much we ultimately raise for charity,” said Morrison.
Rock N’ Raise will consist of four acoustic acts and four bands. The bands include Flammable Animals, Moon Days, Hurricane Season, and Goodbye Tiger.
The acoustic acts are Jimmy Law & Steen Schmidt, Jamie Coppa, Carter Henry, and June Cannon.
Audience members are able to use their ticket to vote for their favorite band performance. At the end of the show, the band that raises the most money wins a prize.
The grand prize this year is Avid Pro Tools, a $250 gift card to Russo music store in Asbury Park, and four hours of rehearsal time at Eight + Sixteen music studio in Bayville, NJ.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through any band member, a show producer, or at the Hawk TV Office in Plangere Center.
Sponsors for the Rock N’ Raise event include Avid Pro Tools, The Saint, Speak Into My Good Eye, Russo music, Noble Media, Lake House Recording Studio, and Eight + Sixteen music studio.
“It’s such an amazing feeling seeing something form that you’ve put so much time and dedication into,” said Morrison. “I can’t wait to see the turn out the day of the event.”