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The Resource Center
The second annual Lip Sync Battle fund-raiser to support people with disabilities will take place Friday, August 19, at Shawbucks in downtown Jamestown.
Money raised through the Lip Sync Battle will be donated to TRC Foundation’s Mark Pacheco WOW Fund. The WOW Fund (WOW stands for Working on Wonders) awards money to people with developmental disabilities so they can do things they may not otherwise be able to afford, such as attend a sporting event or a concert.
The fund was created in memory of Mark Pacheco, an employee of The Resource Center who died in 2010 of injuries sustained in an altercation on a Jamestown street. Pacheco’s family and friends suggested the establishment of the WOW Fund as a tribute to him and to create something positive from his death.
The competition is open to anyone. People can participate as solo acts or as a group. The cost to compete is $20 per act. Performers should bring a CD of their music. Acts will be judged on how well they lip sync; the creativity of their performance; and their “WOW” factor. The contest features prize money of $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. The winner also will receive a trophy.
For those who want to attend the Lip Sync Battle but don’t wish to perform, tickets are $5 pre-sale or $7 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at TRC Foundation’s offices, located at 92 Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown, and at several facilities operated by The Resource Center: 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown; 712 West Eighth Street in Jamestown; 200 Dunham Avenue in Celoron; and 186 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk.
The doors open at 8:00, with the competition scheduled to start at about 9:00. Again this year, professional lip-syncing performers will entertain the audience before the competition begins. There also will be drawings for gift baskets.
For more information or to sign up to compete, contact event organizer Marcos Figueroa at 951-6118. Additional information about the Lip Sync Battle can be found on its Facebook event page.