Up & Coming Weekly

March 10, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 11-17, 2020 UCW 13 EVENTS It's a safe to wager that most people have spent some time lip syncing to their favorite jams. Whether it's when a catchy song plays on the radio or a tune worth foot-tapping for plays in a movie, some bops are hard not to mouth the words to. In Fayetteville's Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown, which will take place March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Crown Ballroom, local organizations and individuals take their best lip sync routines to the stage and go head-to-head for a great cause. e event's proceeds make up about 20% of the annual budget for the Child Advocacy Center, the nonprofit charitable organization that puts on the event. e CAC serves the community in a variety of ways, with outreach programs, child abuse awareness campaigns, teaching programs, and of sex-trafficking aware- ness initiatives, to name a few. In the fiscal year of 2019, the CAC served 730 children. Julia Adkins, who is the chair of Fay- etteville's Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown, projects that the upcoming event will, as it always is, be a huge success. "is is our 4th year," Adkins said, "In the past 3 years, we've raised $30,000 each year. e Showdown is on track to be another sellout show, and we are excited — truly blessed." is year, there are 14 acts. e organiz- ers of the event invited competitors from years past to compete again, but new con- tenders will be ready to face off as well. Among the competitors, law enforcement, schools, healthcare professionals and lo- cal businesses are represented. Last year, the winning group performed a song from "e Greatest Showman." is year, Adkins said a variety of popular hits include songs by Cher, Lizzo, Ike and Tina Turner and the Backstreet Boys. While the primary purpose of participating in the Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown is supporting the CAC, contenders are also competing for the Top Fundraiser, People's Choice Award, Best Choreography, Best Costume and the highest of the honors, Fayetteville's Ultimate Lip Sync Stars. Trophies and plaques are awarded to the winners. e judges are Toni King, Tim Ed- wards, Victoria Hardin and Bill Bow- man. e emcees are Michael Brash and Taylor Morgan. "My favorite part is being able to watch the crowd's reaction, who are giving up their time, coming together for such a great cause, and that's for the children," Adkins said. Another feature of the event is the raffle. e prizes are a 55-inch TV, an iPad and a "weekend getaway in the 'ville," which covers a hotel stay and gift certificates to local businesses for a perfect "staycation." Tickets are $5 or five for $20. Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and cocktails are provided by Blue Pineapple, Bur- ney's, Caruso Confections, Dairy Queen, Freddy's and Rosalia's. e green room is provided by Chick-fil-a. Adkins admires the generosity of the competitors. "ey give up their time and their money," Adkins said. "ey don't care if they don't win. ey just want to support a great cause." e Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown is March 21 at 6 p.m. Tickets are still avail- able at the Cape Fear Tix website. While tickets will be sold at the door if they are available, they have been sold out in years past, and Adkins recommends that tickets are purchased in advance. Local organizations to compete in the Ultimate Lip Sync Showdown by JENNA SHACKELFORD Proceeds from the Lip Sync Showdown account for about 20% of the annual bud- get for the Child Advocacy Center. Shop Local Visit the many shops located in downtown Fayetteville! JENNA SHACKELFORD., Editor OF UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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