LipSync Battle to raise SCARF funds

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation (SCARF) will mimic a popular television program as it continues to raise money to fund a new animal shelter here.

The Lip Sync Battle will feature local “stars,” who will perform to their favorite songs in a live competition, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., in the American Legion hall, 1265 4th Ave.

Tickets, which cost $15 each, are almost sold out and must be purchased in advance. Those that are left can be purchased from any of the participating “singers.” However, fans don’t have to attend to vote for their favorites and contribute to funds for the shelter.

They can vote for Bridget Davis, Shelby County CASA/GAL director; Chris Burmeister, Sidney Police officer; Karie Bell, TAM FM sales and event consultant; Chad Stewart, Behr Design LLC co-owner; Rhonda Cavender, Picture Perfect photographer; Jared Wesbecher, Boston Stoker barista, or Julie Ehemann, Shelby County commissioner, by visiting

The website features photos of the contestants and gives their fans a chance show their support by paying $1 per vote. There is no limit to the number of votes that can be made or the amount of donations that will be accepted.

Each performer has coordinated other fundraising events to boost their “votes.” At press time, the tallies stood as follows: Davis had raised $758; Cavender, $1,327; Bell, $997.88; Stewart, $53; Burmeister, $404; Wesbecher, $433; and Ehemann, $319.

The star who raises the most money will win the LipSync Belt.

The Nov. 12 event will also feature a dessert buffet, a cash bar and a silent auction of gift baskets. People lucky enough to have tickets to the live performance will see the performers, along with their back-up groups, hamming it up to well-known songs. Insiders report, though, that no one will sing “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” They also have indicated that some unannounced local VIPs may make cameo appearances.

By Patricia Ann Speelman