Puzzle Pieces announced Friday the first details of the second Owensboro Lip Sync Battle presented by Kentucky Legend will be January 19.
Last year’s first Lip Sync Battle was a sold out event. Amanda Owen, executive director of Puzzle Pieces, said it was her intent to create an event that was fun for the community, not necessarily looked at as a fundraiser.
“Luckily, that’s exactly what we were able to pull off,” Owen said. “While we were there, we were able to throw in a little bit of awareness about people with disabilities and what we do for our community.”
Owen says there will be six categories this year — education, emergency services, insurance, financial institution, realty and wild card business or organization group.
Last year, Tamarack Elementary won a spot to return this year as “People’s Choice,” after raising over $5,000, the most money among all participating groups.
Owen says the most anticipated battle for 2019 will be the rematch between Owensboro Police Department, the overall winners from last year, and Owensboro Fire Department.
OPD Sergeant Adam Johnston participated in the event last year and will return to the battle in 2019.
“We have not finalized our performance soundtrack,” Johnston said. “Lip Sync Battle greatness takes time and so it’s still a work in progress. We took it easy on the Owensboro Fire Department last year so we hope they are ready to bring it this year.”
All joking aside, Johnston says members of OPD give throughout the year, so supporting Puzzle Pieces was an easy decision.
“Amanda and her team over at Puzzle Pieces give back to the community and her clients too so it’s the least we could do,” Johnston said. “The Lip Sync Battle is just another way we can show everyone that there’s more to police officers than just a badge and uniform. We love to have a good time and dance just as much as anybody.”
Owen says she is adding a fun twist to this year’s event.
“Anyone who falls into the categories listed above has until Oct. 19 to submit a 45-second audition video of them performing a lip sync song,” Owen said. “This will allow us to select a group that presents a fun performance and also willing to raise at least $1,000 for Puzzle Pieces.”
Winners will be announced from the October audition in early November. Owen says details about auditions will be released in the next few weeks. Table and tickets sales begin Nov. 2.