CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The Jefferson Theater was packed with music enthusiasts Friday night as the Building Goodness Foundation hosted its fifth annual Battle of the Bands competition. All the proceeds would be donated to the Building Goodness Foundation.
"The community comes out to support the mission, and we are just very very pleased and appreciative," said Allison Scholl, the BGF Communications Director.
The competition works by having bands bid to play in the competition by raising charity money. The four bands with the most charity money raised get into the competition.
"Each band came in here today with over $5,000," said Scholl.
During the competition, buckets are placed at the front of the stage with a band name written on each one. The bucket that is filled with the most donated cash at the end of the night wins the competition.
"Our goal is to raise a quarter of a million dollars," said Scholl.
Something the musicians don't think will be hard.
"I think this is the best turnout ever, so I think it is catching on," said Athena Eastwood, a member of one of the bands that performed. "There is some really good energy, and we are really excited to be here."
There was also an auction that took place before the band competition, which featured many local businesses giving away specialty packages.
"Places like Ferguson have donated a $25,000-dollar shopping spree, so that is being auctioned off tonight as well a trip to Cancun," said Scholl.
Regardless of who wins the competition, those performing said the locals who came out to support a great cause are the real winners.
"I think tonight you have a lot of donors, but you also have a lot of individuals who are actually donating their time, love and energy," said Eastwood. "All together listening to some great bands."