Most people limit their inner rock star or crooner to the privacy of their shower, but some fearless souls in Niagara are willing to muster up their courage and do their best publicly to channel great singers to help women and children. fleeing domestic violence.
After two virtual years due to the pandemic, the popular Lip Sync Battle Niagara returns for its seventh year in an in-person format at the Greg Frewin Theater in Niagara Falls on Thursday, November 10.
The event was started by local realtor Amy Layton as part of a fundraiser for Women’s Place of South Niagara, which operates a newly expanded shelter in Niagara Falls and satellite sites throughout the rest of South Niagara. .
Layton said she had a personal reason for supporting the agency, which offers a range of free programs and services such as legal assistance and a 24-hour helpline, in addition to running the shelter. .
“My sister and two friends unfortunately had to use their facilities, so the cause is very close to my heart,” she said. “Without them (Women’s Place), I’m not sure they would be here.”
The need for funding to protect victims of domestic violence has become even more important during the pandemic, Layton said.
“Domestic violence was on the rise and women’s shelters were busier than ever,” Layton said. “They need this funding to end gender-based violence. They use the funds not only to shelter victims, but also to advocate and educate the public.
The Lip Sync Battle has raised approximately $45,000 for Women’s Place through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation since its inception, Layton said.
“Each year, eight brave locals are nominated as our nominees,” she said. There are two rounds with 12 lip-sync performances before a winner is announced. Comedian David Green has hosted the event since 2018.
“Every contestant gives their all,” Layton said. “It’s quite a show.”
Amanda Braet, director of development and stewardship at Women’s Place, said Lip Sync’s contributions have enabled the agency – which must raise $550,000 a year to maintain its services – to continue providing its services free of charge. to anyone who needs it.
“The Lip Sync Battle fundraiser is a true testament to what one person can do when they feel passionate about a cause they care about,” she said. “Amy Layton has been an incredible ally to Women’s Place and to those who stay at our shelter or access our services.”
Tickets are $40 each and the first 200 people will receive goody bags. There will be 25 raffle prizes and each ticket purchase will be entered into a draw for a grand prize.
Layton said Lip Sync tickets make “incredible” customer appreciation gifts. “It’s way more exciting than a boring old (coffee) card or a boring old bottle of wine,” she said.
“Give them a really fun night of entertainment. Give them something to remember,” Layton said. “They’re going to have a blast. It’s super fun.
Layton said ticket buyers will directly benefit Women’s Place as sponsors cover all event costs, so every dollar raised goes to helping women in need. The main sponsors this year are Royal LePage NRC Realty, Global Pet Foods Niagara and Bev Hodgson Law.
She said the public plays a key role in fundraising. “We need an audience because we pick the winner with applause,” Layton said.
“We need people to come forward and support Women’s Place so we can end violence against women and children.
The event outgrew each of its previous venues, which started at a bar in Thorold Stone Road. Layton had hoped to attract 20 or 30 people that first year, but about 100 showed up and it raised $3,000 for Women’s Place.
Layton hopes to raise $20,000 this year.
Show time is 7:00 p.m. and check-in time is 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available online at gregfrewintheatre.com/.