Lip sync challenge on

United Way to host contest, fundraiser Thursday

By Terri Ferguson Smith -



LUMBERTON — The United Way of Robeson County’s first-ever Lip Sync Challenge, which was delayed by Hurricane Matthew in October, will hit the stage this week.

Ten teams of performers will dance and lip sync to the music from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday in a competition designed to raise money for the United Way.

“We are selling tickets, and other money will be made as people vote for their favorite performance,” said Latricia Freeman, executive director of United Way.

Tickets are $30 and one dollar will pay for a single vote, she said. There will be early voting from 6 to 7 p.m. at the street party before the contest.

People can vote as often as they wish for as many teams as they wish, she said.

The winning team will receive the Mo Money award, Freeman said. Best Act trophies also will be presented. Mark Andersen, Harriette Lovin, Al McPherson and Lisa Rust will be the judges.

The idea for a lip sync contest came from a nonprofit in Columbus County, said Sandra Oliver, special events coordinator for the United Way.

“They had fun with it and we were trying to come up with something fun that we could do,” Oliver said.

The Challenge originally was scheduled for Oct. 20, but Hurricane Matthew changed everything, she said.

“A lip sync battle was the last thing on anybody’s mind,” she said.

Fundraising in general stopped so the United Way staff could attend to the community’s needs.

“You can’t go out and do a (fundraising) campaign when you’ve got as much devastation as we had from this hurricane,” Oliver said.

Freeman agreed.

“Our mission is to address the most pressing needs of the county,” Freeman said.

Now it’s time for a little fun, and Oliver thinks the community will enjoy the challenge.

“People want to have a good time and they like to see local folks perform,” she said.

Teams are: Robin Peace and Dennis Stuart performing Tina & Ike; PG2, Robeson County Partnership for Children; The Courthouse Gang, The McIntyres; Staley Jackson; We Care Band, Southeastern Health; W.H. Knuckles Elementary School; Banking United, Lumberton Bankers; Brave Men of UNCP; Mr. Brownstown, featuring John Moore, and the Sudan Shriners.

Tickets can be purchased at the United Way office, located at 2512-A Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, or by calling 901-739-4249.


United Way to host contest, fundraiser Thursday

By Terri Ferguson Smith

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865

Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865

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