“I’m a pop princess at heart,” declared Tony Lima.
Lima, executive director of SAVE, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights, is one of at least 20 local celebrities who will be participating in the Poverello Celebrity Lip Sync Battle on Thursday, March 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Hunter’s Nightclub in Wilton Manors.
The event will raise money for Poverello’s Florida AIDS Walk Hunger Fighters, Broward House, SunServe, Latinos Salud, and SAVE.
“I’m excited to do it and it's all for a really great cause. As [SAVE is a] beneficiary, it’s very nice for us to participate in a fun event like this,” said Lima, who added that he plans to have as much fun as possible.
“I can probably ham it up with the best of them on a stage, especially with a song I really like. I’m excited to share a different side of myself with the community. I’m very much a pop aficionado.” Lima doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to sing but he predicts Britney Spears and Ariana Grande will probably make it into the mix.
“I’m not a singer. That’s why I lip sync,” joked Darren Thompson of Dick’s Service Station. Thompson is another participant and took part in last year’s inaugural event. But “it’s all for a good cause” so Thompson will participate and maybe throw in a little “Grease,” maybe some Scissor Sisters. “Kind of do a little mash-up. I make it up as I go along.”
Poverello’s Celebrity Lip Sync Battle is a lot like the reality TV show it’s based on, said Kevin Clevenger, Poverello’s events and fundraising coordinator. During Poverello’s event, two contestants will battle each other and take turns lip syncing.
“It’s just like the TV show, but we’re asking for money. People tip their performers.
We ask the performers to work the crowd [as they lip sync] with big buckets because every dollar is matched,” Clevenger said. Every dollar thrown in a bucket goes to the specific organization that lip singer has chosen. “It’s like a drag show. It is the most fun event that I’ve ever done and I’ve done a lot of events. The energy is amazing,” Clevenger said.
There will also be a silent auction. Items include spa treatments, hair cuts, trips to Antigua and St. Lucia, trips to Disney World, dining and retail packages, hotel stays, and more.
Tickets are $15 and only available at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event begins at 8 p.m.