It was co-hosted by Carrie Keagan from VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” and radio personality Trey Morgan from Z100 and it featured performances by such artists as Bethany Joy Lenz, Thomas Ian Nicholas and many special guests such as Matthew Perryman Jones, Alexis Babini, among others.
Due to the mass destruction derived from Hurricane Sandy that affected the East Coast, the proceeds from this year’s event went to the Hurricane Relief Fund.
According to Alaina Bendi, partner of BTF Concerts, she remarked, “Last night’s concert was another incredible night to remember. Despite the conditions we’ve been hit with following Hurricane Sandy, people came from all over to see the show. We were worried that we couldn’t have the show because the power was still out at the venue on Friday but we were hopeful that we would have power back in time for the show. Both Bethany Joy Lenz and Thomas Ian Nicholas knew about the power situation and flew out from Los Angeles anyway, hopeful that we would be okay. Thomas called me Friday evening and said ‘breathe. One way or another, this show will happen tomorrow.’ The generosity, understanding and patience from the artists was completely heartwarming.”
Bendi continued, “The event was supposed to support the Fender Music Foundation but given the current state we were in with the aftermath of the hurricane, we decided to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund. We auctioned off a custom signed baseball jersey that Thomas Ian Nicholas wore when he threw the first pitch at Wrigley Field last year, signed posters and raised even more money for the cause by streaming the show worldwide online. The performances were outstanding and Bethany Joy Lenz and Wakey! Wakey! surprised the crowd with a surprise duet and we also had ‘One Tree Hill’s’ James Lafferty and ‘666 Park Avenue’ star Robert Buckley make a surprise appearance on stage. Our hosts were incredibly entertaining and really got the crowd going. We did a lot of damage control to keep the show going because it would have been impossible to cancel but in the end, the show could not have been more amazing and we thank everyone that came out.”
For more information on this year’s “Rock the Schools” show and for future events, check out their official website.