Bands take stage for Habitat for Humanity

Karissa Donkin – The Aquinian

Dolan’s will be a happening spot on Feb 23, playing host to four bands for a good cause.

The STU/UNB chapter of Habitat for Humanity will hold their second band night of the year to raise money for the upcoming Collegiate Challenge.

“The Collegiate Challenge is an alternate spring break for university students and it’s based out of the US,” said Habitat for Humanity co-chair Kelsey Boone. “Essentially, you go to a town somewhere in the Southern US and participate in a week-long build.”

The group will be heading to Birmingham, Alabama over March break.

“We’re not sure of the actual work we’re going to be doing yet, but it will be anything from the basic building of the house, to painting,” said Boone. “Last year, we were in Tennessee and we ended up doing a bunch of yard work to clean up these houses.”

The group needed to raise approximately $15,000 in order to go on the trip.

They hold a bake sale every month and are running an online silent auction to raise money.

There are 28 students going on the trip, but many more were interested, said Boone.

“The first meeting, afterwards, we had about 110 people on the email list, which were all people that were interested.”

They awarded some of the spots to students who were the most active in the group and held a contest to see who could sell more cookie dough and poinsettias.

“Whoever raised the most money out of that was guaranteed a spot on the trip,” said Boone.

Last semester’s band night at Dolan’s raised approximately $1,000, Boone is hopes this one can be equally successful.

The night will feature performances by Anagram for Cheese Sauce, Last of the Curious Thieves, Andellico Jones and Dave Woodside and the Restless Legs.

This will be Woodside’s fourth time playing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s band nights.

“The cause is so important,” said Woodside. “It’s very important to help people who are less fortunate than us, and if playing music can help do that, than I am all for it. I enjoy playing at Dolan’s a lot, the stage is fairly large and the room is shaped very sound friendly.”

Boone added that Dolan’s has been a great host over the years.

“The band nights are great. Dolan’s are phenomenal with it.”

This March break will be second-year STU student Lauren Morrissey’s first time participating in a Habitat for Humanity build.

“I am looking forward to the entire experience,” she said. “I am excited to visit Alabama, help with the build, and see how Habitat for Humanity works.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance from any member of the STU/UNB chapter of Habitat for Humanity or by emailing. Tickets will be available for $7 at the door.