It was a battle for the ages. A Lip Sync Battle, that is. The July 28 event at Hunters Fort Lauderdale benefitted the 26th Annual Bowling to Fight Hunger held by Poverello.
Since 1988, the organization has been dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of its clients, who have HIV/AIDS, through the distribution of free groceries from its fundraisers, food band and sales from its thrift shop.
The July 28 fundraiser was hosted by the dragstastic Nicole Halliwell and Shelita Buffett. It featured lip sync performances by local bartenders and both professional and amateur entertainers. Their routines ranged from the fabulous to the hilarious. Some of the standout performances were by Peter Bisuito, Jose Lima and Joe Beasley.
“The 12 volunteer performers were incredibly generous, entertaining and fun,” said Kevin J. Clevenger, Fundraising & Events Coordinator at Poverello. “What impressed me most was how everyone came together to help people who have trouble putting food on their tables. With increased support, we can buy more high quality, nutrient rich food to provide to each person we serve at Poverello.”
While it was big fun watching the performers lip sync and gyrate for cash – the goal of the evening was serious – fundraising.
“The event was a huge success,” Clevenger said. “We raised more than $4,000, which helps us provide 1,600 complete meals. So we’re truly grateful to everyone who performed, volunteered or gave to make the night a stunning success.”
The money raised helped push Poverello closer to this year’s fundraising goal of $100,000. As of August 3, more than $90,000 is still needed. Last year, more than $107,000 was raised. This year’s bowling tournament happens on Saturday, August 20 from noon-3 p.m. at Sawgrass Lanes, 8501 N. University Drive in Tamarac.
One-hundred percent of every dollar raised will benefit Poverello’s food pantry's health and nutritional services. Operating one of the only consumer choice, medically tailored specialty food pantries in the nation, Poverello serves nearly 3,000 individuals each year, providing them with groceries sufficient to prepare nearly 1 million meals including rich fruits and vegetables.
In addition to the Poverello Food Pantry the Center offers:
- • Full Service Gym
- • Onsite Nutritionist
- • Smoking Cessation Class
- • Massage
- • Chiropractic
- • Acupuncture
- • Cooking Classes
- • Mental Health Classes
For more information, please visit Poverello.org.