KOKOMO - Approximately $10,000 was raised Thursday night at the second annual Bridges Outreach Lip Sync Battle that took place at Oakbrook Church in Kokomo.
Money raised from the event will go toward helping the Bridges Outreach program that’s been advocating for youth in Howard County for years.
“Bridges Outreach serves over 800 at-risk kids with tutoring and afterschool programs and mentorships,” said Crista Tharp, event coordinator. “Our kids are our greatest resources, so we need to take care of them.”
The Lip Sync Battle, similar to the popular lip sync battle on Jimmy Fallon’s, “The Tonight Show,” welcomed seven groups competing for top prizes.
Kokomo School Administrators, dressed in '70s attire as Sly and the Family Stone, lip-synced to their 1969 hit, “Everyday People.”
And participating in the event for the first time was a way for administrators to say thank you to Bridges Outreach for the work it’s done with their students.
“Bridges has been incredibly supportive at Kokomo High School, Central Middle School and Bon Air,” said Angela Blessing, principal at Kokomo High School. “They do so many things for our kids that when they asked if we would be a part it, it was so easy to say yes.”
Performances from the Kokomo Family YMCA, Z92.5, Crossfit 765 and Select Equipment & Select Recovery Services, had the crowd cheering and singing along all night. And celebrity judges — Mayor Greg Goodnight, Sherry Rahl of Project Access, and Howard County Commissioner Tyler Moore — offered commentary throughout the show.
But, by the end of the night there were only a few winners.
Kokomo High School Administrators won the Golden Mic Award, chosen by the judges. Nolan Vent and Mike Kostrewa representing The YMCA won people’s choice with their rendition of The Proclaimers’ “500 Miles.” And for the Bridges Rock Star Award, given to the group who raised the most funds before the lip sync battle, Select Equipment & Select Recovery Services won with a hip-hop medley.
“One of the reasons this event is so unique is that, number one it’s a lot of fun [and] it’s family friendly,” Tharp said. “You don’t feel like you’re at a fundraiser. It is also helping a good cause, that’s the most important part.”
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