Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is bringing back their Lip Sync Battle fundraiser for another round. This year’s event, presented by the Easton branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, will be held on April 21st at 7 pm in the Waterfowl Building (old armory) in Easton.
Individuals and teams from all over Talbot County, ranging in age from their preteens to their 60’s, are preparing to duke it out on stage to see who can raise the most money for TIS’ shelter and transitional housing program. Two awards will be given out – People’s Choice, which is determined by audience applause, and Best Fundraiser.
This year’s contestants include Team TIS, Team Eastern Shore Brewing, Team Talbot Mentors, The Happy Hour Honies, The Country School HOHO’s , The Country School Faculty, Team Scout, and Gabby Pfeifer. Amping up the fun factor will be co-hosts Jay Hudson and Jayme D. The entertaining duo will not only be hosting the event, but competing against one another – Jay is on Team Eastern Shore Brewing, and Jayme is on Team TIS. DJ Throwback will be spinning tunes throughout the night.
“Last year’s event was such a huge success,” says event organizer Jayme Dingler. “We raised $10,000, and everyone had the time of their lives. As soon as it was over, we couldn’t wait to start planning round two!”
For those who want to support their favorite lip-syncers, there are many ways to vote.
The first is to buy a ticket to the show. At the event, a ticket becomes a ballot, and the $27 ticket price will be added to the fundraising total of the ticket holder’s team of choice. In addition to helping one of the contestants win one of the coveted bedazzled microphone trophies, each ticket sold also provides a day of shelter and wrap-around services to a man, woman, or child in need in Talbot County.
TIS also encourages attendees to come hungry and thirsty. Doors will open at 6:15 for Domino’s pizza, salads from Hill’s Café and Juice Bar, snacks from Eat Sprout, Rise Up Coffee, and more. Every dollar spent on food and drink will also be counted as a vote for the purchaser’s team.
If someone cannot attend the show or wants to help bring their team closer to victory, they can make an online donation in their team’s name.
Visit www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org to purchase tickets, meet the competitors, and place an online “vote”. Those interested in volunteering for the event should contact Jayme Dingler at [email protected] or 443-786-4676.
When asked why people should attend the Lip Sync Battle, Dingler says, “It is the happiest two hours you will spend all year. You’ll laugh, dance, sing along, and leave uplifted. The cherry on top is that, through having an incredible night of fun, you will have helped to provide a better life for individuals and families in need in our community. What more can you ask for?”
Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Easton and serving Talbot County and the surrounding areas. The organization has developed a program called S4 (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success), which is designed to give guests access to a stable home-like environment, services, and tools that can help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and regain their independence. Once guests are accepted into Easton’s Promise, they receive case management as they move through an individualized plan, eventually transitioning into one of the shelter’s eight subsidized off-site apartments, where they incrementally take over expenses until they are fully self-sufficient.
Their vision is that no one in Talbot County will ever have to spend a night on the streets, in a car or in the woods because he or she cannot find housing. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.talbotinterfaithshelter.org or contact Julie Lowe at 410-310-2316 or [email protected].