Lip Sync battle raises money to stop suicide
October 2, 2019


A half-dozen competitors and about another 100 spectators came to witness the ultimate lip sync battle at Victory Lane Cafe, while also raising more than $1,700 to fight suicide.

Billi Jo Daggett, owner of Victory Lane, said it was a great event, with a lot of kids taking to battle in hopes of a "drop the mike" moment.

Daggett added she had hoped to meet some parents who have dealt with suicide.

"There were families in attendance who were affected by suicide and I wondered if there were others who came," Daggett said. "I was so busy I never got to meet with the guests."

The event was supported by the Hanley Foundation, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Lutheran Services of Florida, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), to which all the proceeds went.

Heather Goodall, founder of the Hanley Foundation, said she has always wanted to do a lip sync battle and a friend told her to do it for charity.

"I lost someone close to me from suicide and my co-founder also lost a friend of his. I brought up the idea and he said let's do it. We saw that 80 percent of the money collected goes toward services, and that was important," Goodall said.

Goodall got numerous families, sponsors and businesses willing to donate prizes.

The winner was awarded $250. There was also a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

It was one of two big fundraisers at Victory Lane.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., there will be a BUNCO fundraiser benefitting Heroes Unmasked, people who dress as superheroes and visit children at hospitals or at home throughout Southwest Florida.

Kids can meet these superheroes and have photos taken with them from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person. You can register at Victory Lane from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Play begins at 2 p.m. for people 18 and over. There will also be prizes.

For more information, call 872-9087.


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