Snow may have postponed Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's "Help for Haiti" telethon in mid-February, but those involved say the meaning of the event is just as important today.
The high school's clubs will finally be hosting their Haiti fundraiser this evening from 6 to 10 p.m. at the school. Admission is $2, but residents can also call in and donate while watching the program live on Scotch Plains TV (Comcast 34 and Verizon 22) or online via http://helpforhaititelethon.org/.
"The telethon came about as a result of several students and clubs wanting to lend a hand to Haiti following their 7.0 magnitude earthquake last month," said senior Alex Davis, one of the vice-presidents of the school's Students Concerned for the Needy organization.
Davis said it's not common for every club to join together on a project at the high school, but when the idea for a telethon was raised, all organizations decided they wanted to be involved.
"This is important for SPFHS because it has truly demonstrated that a group of dedicated students and faculty members can team up, putting individual accolades aside, for the greater good," Davis said via e-mail. "To me, this event is something of which the school and community should be proud."
While the clubs aren't aiming to raise a specific amount of money, the goal, of course, is to get as much as possible for Haiti. Prior to the telethon, students have been selling t-shirts and buttons to also raise funds, all which will go to the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.
Tonight's event will feature guest speakers from the American Red Cross, as well as other organizations and individuals who have experienced Haiti first-hand, both before and after the earthquake. A food court will offer food from many local families and restaurants. Entertainment will be provided by the SP-F High cheerleaders, several local bands, the SPFHS Sensations (an a cappella group new to the music department this year), NJ Heat Allstars (an all-star cheerleading group), the SPFHS Blue Diamond Step Squad, and others.
Sponsors include the Mattress Factory, Look Twice, Chelsea Senior Living, Park Avenue Printing, Alfonsos Pizzeria, Café Vivace, La Casa Pizza and Restaurant, Sweet Lew's Bakery and Pastry Shop, Nunzio's Pizza, Italian Village, Gennaro's Pizzaria, The Bath Connection and John's Meat Market.