Concert held for Habitat

BY LAUREN MORTENSON Correspondent

Metuchen High School’s auditorium rocked out for a cause Friday night to the sounds of great bands, the taste of root beer floats, and the feeling of giving back to others in need, as Sam Kovach Orr raised $3,975 for Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity.

Kovach-Orr, a senior at Metuchen High School, has been in Boy Scouts for about four years. He put together a fundraising concert on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. as part of a service project he has undertaken as a member of Metuchen-Edison Boy Scout Troop 17. His goal is to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and he must complete several different projects to earn that rank. Right now, Kovach-Orr is a Life Scout.

“Music is a really big part of my life,” said Kovach-Orr.

He wanted to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and thought a concert would be a great way to achieve that.

“I think everyone likes music,” Kovach Orr said.

Along with his band, Naan, the concert featured This Old House and The Hub Kings. The bands brought in a great crowd that kept the night going loud and strong.

“I think what Sam is doing is a great thing, and it’s really going to help other people,” said senior Kyle Palmeter, who is also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Metuchen.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976, and every 21 minutes a new Habitat house is completed somewhere in the world. Over 225,000 houses have been built, providing shelter for more than 1 million people in 90 different countries around the world.

Kovach-Orr has been on four Habitat for Humanity trips with the First Presbyterian Church’s youth group. He’s gone to Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia.

Kovach-Orr had a lot of help from his friends, who helped with refreshments, signs and setting up the auditorium. Senior Chris Condon volunteered by making root beer floats for everyone.

“It’s for charity, and charity is always awesome,” said Condon.

Before the concert began, Kovach- Orr had raised $950 in ticket sales. He said he put signs up all around town to promote the fundraiser, in the hope that it would bring in more guests in addition to students from the high school. By the end of the night, Kovach-Orr had raised $3,025 more, making the night a huge success.

Anyone interested in helping Kovach Orr raise money for Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity can contact Sam at SamKOrr@yahoo.com.

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