United Way hosts Battle

United Way of the Black Hills – Southern Hills will host its second annual Lip Sync Battle, where the public is encouraged to sign up. Above, last year’s United Way board received some help during their battle from Alexia Sword, who went on to win the battle.

Think you’re the next pop star? Then step on up and battle — lip sync battle, that is!
The second annual Lip Sync Battle will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at the Custer VFW at 6 p.m. and will benefit United Way of the Black Hills — Southern Hills, which funds 21 agencies serving Custer, Hill City, Hermosa, Keystone, Hot Springs and Edgemont.

The event started last year when Mark Schmidt, president of Regional Health Custer Hospital and Market, encouraged the hospital could expand its fundraising idea to include the community. 

“We ran with the idea and collaborated with United Way board members to bring this about,” said Lori Burnham, one of the event coordinators. 

Regional Health and United Way is challenging other entities to join in on the fun — and take a shot at the traveling trophy. From area businesses, first responders, teachers, United Way agencies and individuals from the community, all are challenged to sign up for the battle. There is no fee to sign a team up and teams can either register well before the event or the night of. 

Lip sync winners are selected by members of the audience through monetary means — all of which goes to United Way.

Conner Fiscarelli and Mark Schmidt did their best Sunny and Cher for Regional’s performance.

Every year, United Way raises money for area agencies through an annual campaign. This year’s goal is $87,000 for the Southern Black Hills, which funds agencies that support health and human service needs. 

“The dollars raised through this event as well as all of the other fundraising activities are critical for nonprofit organizations serving the southern Black Hills. One hundred percent of every dollar raised stays in the Black Hills and helps us in our fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community,” said Jamie Toennies, executive director at United Way of the Black Hills. “Last year, thanks to the generosity of donors and businesses, more than 5,000 individuals in the Southern Hills received the services they needed to transform their lives and the lives of their families. These dollars are truly making a difference for your neighbors, friends, family and community.”

Alexia Sword claims her trophy.

Donations accepted through December 31 count toward this year’s goal.

In addition to the battle, there will be food, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

For more information or to sign up your team, contact Burnham at (605) 673-9424. For more information on United Way, visit unitedwayblackhills.org.