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Wild Wing Café Lip Sync Battle Fundraiser


July 11, 2016

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At 5 p.m. this Tuesday evening, Statesboro’s Wild Wing will be hosting a Lip Sync Battle in which everyone can participate.

Ashley Joyner, the main coordinator of the Lip Sync Battle, planned the event to bring attention and raise funds for Safe Haven, a domestic violence shelter that provides services to victims — the majority of whom are from Bulloch — in six different counties. In addition, the fundraising event is meant to raise awareness for Dancing with the Statesboro Stars, a philanthropy event started by Safe Haven in 2011 that is held in October each year.   

“We wanted to entertain and give something back for the community, as well as educate about domestic violence and raise funds for the shelter that people need,” Kimberly Billings, associate director of Safe Haven and chair of its Dancing with the Statesboro Stars Event, said.

Inspired by the viral Jimmy Fallon and LL Cool Jay videos of celebrity lip-sync battles, Joyner, a guest dancer and contestant in the 2016 Dancing with the Statesboro Stars, decided to raise funds for Safe Haven with a lip-sync competition of her own in an effort to bring the same hilarious absurdity and manic energy to Statesboro residents.  Billings said this is the first Safe Haven fundraiser that has incorporated a lip-sync competition.

Patrons will be able to lip-sync onstage for $10 and vote for their favorites for an additional dollar. The gifted lip-sync artist with the most votes will be awarded with a golden microphone as a memento of their sure-to-be hilarious stage antics.

“We’re so appreciative of the enthusiasm shown from the dancers, as well as the community,” Billings said. “Our Dancing with the Stars contestants work so hard to come up with new, creative ways to raise money for Safe Haven every year.”

Joyner said local organizations such as 180 Fitness and the Statesboro Fire Department have confirmed that they’ll be making an appearance onstage as well.

“Safe Haven has always had a special place in my heart,” Joyner said. “It’s a light in a dark world. It’s a great organization and it’s such a testament to Bulloch County that it’s been able to stay open and provide for so many families.”

Other fundraising events coming up soon for Safe Haven include a Boston Butts sale with the Statesboro Police Officers Foundation on July 16, a Midsummer Night Dinner and Dance on July 30, a bourbon and barbecue competition/tasting on August 27 and many more in the near future. Different events are sponsored by different dancing and fundraising teams, leading up to Safe Haven’s main event in October. This year’s event will have two shows: one on Thursday, Oct. 6, and another Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center.

“Domestic violence is probably one of the scariest things someone could ever go through,” Billings said. “Everybody deserves to feel safe in their own home. We want to give the people that we serve their safety back. If we can help someone, if we can help connect them to the resources they need — whether they need to stay here at the shelter, a protective order, or if they just need to hear a calm voice on the phone — we’re going to give them that service, without judgement and without bias.”

In addition to the money raised through registration and voting in the Lip Synch Battle, Wild Wing Café will be donating 10 percent of the night’s profits to Safe Haven. Pre-registration can be done by emailing Ashley Joyner at ashjoyner@gmail.com. Walk-ups are also welcome, and the event will run from 5 p.m. until closing time. 


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