LUMBERTON — Although vote-buying is usually frowned upon, it’s what United Way of Robeson County’s supporters will be counting on when 10 teams perform on Thursday at the inaugural Lip Sync Challenge.
Tickets remain to watch performers dance and lip sync to the music from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Carolina Civic Center. Each vote costs one dollar and the team that gets the most money will earn the “Mo Money” award. Best Act trophies also will be presented, based on the decision of a panel of judges.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased until noon on Thursday at the United Way office, located at 2512-A Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, or by calling 910-739-4249.
W.H. Knuckles Elementary School Principal Eric Sanders said that school’s team is excited about showing off lip sync skills and dance moves. Contestants aren’t supposed to disclose which song they’ll perform, but Sanders dropped a hint.
“We’re going to do a number that we hope people will respond to,” Sanders said. “Considering the school we’re representing and the year we’ve had here with the hurricane damage, we think it will be appropriate.”
The school, as well as many of the homes of its students and teachers, was damaged in the flooding, he said. The contest is also a way to say thanks to United Way.
“The United Way and their partners have been amazing with their help that they have given the W.H. Knuckles community,” Sanders said. “They are part of our family and it’s the least we can do to help support all of the fundraising they’re doing to help the county.”
Sanders said it also sends a signal to the community that the school is moving forward.
David Sumner, vice president of Southeastern Health, said the SeH and The We Care Band, is readyfor an evening of fun and fundraising.
“We have rehearsed about eight times and we actually had an outside choreographer to help us do this,” Sumner said. “We wanted to perform well.”
Sumner also had a hint about the song the group will perform: “We’re presenting a song from the late 70s to the early 80s so if you’re born after, say, 1982, you probably won’t know what we’re singing.”
Others, born earlier, will want to sing-along, he said.
People can vote as often as they wish for as many teams as they wish. There will be early voting from 6 to 7 p.m. at the street party before the contest.
Other teams are: Robin Peace and Dennis Stuart performing Tina & Ike; PG2, Robeson County Partnership for Children; The Courthouse Gang, The McIntyres; Staley Jackson; Banking United, Lumberton Bankers; Brave Men of UNCP; Mr. Brownstown, featuring John Moore, and the Sudan Shriners.
The challenge was originally scheduled for Oct. 20, but had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. Proceeds from the event will go into United Way’s general fund.
Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-416-5865