Karaoke Cup sends 800 home in tears, from laughter
FROM the outset we have to say that the evening was a resounding success.
Our goal was to send 800 people home with a smile and we achieved that in spades, with several businesses fronting us to say they have their performers for next year picked out already.
Without the help of some key people we may not have achieved this outcome.
Without question, our MC Ken Woodhams was the glue which kept the whole show on the road.
Congratulations and thank you to our Karaoke hosts, Nancy and Peter of Happy Daze Karaoke, who did a wonderful job and, for the record, got married this week!
Kevin and Karen Hogan as well as Jenny Dowell had integral roles throughout the evening.
The Hogans greeted and seated everybody in the room and judged and presented the best-dressed corporate table in the room with a $250 bar tab donated by Lismore Workers Club.
Jenny Dowell was both marshall and scrutineer. , She also had the honour of presenting the eventual winners Eva Johnson and Phil Crick of Legal Aid with the Lismore Corporate Karaoke Cup.
Another key element to the evening was the auction, run by George & Fuhrmann.
There were two standout items in the auction – the Ongmac donated Ride-On Mower and the Mystery Item.
The Mystery Item was a “double date” with Lismore Base Hospital nurses Kayla and Liz.
There were so many stand-out performances of the evening I won’t be able to mention all of them.
Josh Dardengo and Cory Byrne from Wall Murray Alstonville were a perfect start to the evening with an Olivia and John number from Grease.
The Lismore Base Hospital social workers smashed it out of the park with their Surpremes number.
Chris Liebke from the LBH chemo unit was a crowd-pleaser with his Billy Joel - You May Be Right rendition.
Nancy Casson of Workforce Skills & Training had a backing crew of 800 singing the unofficial chorus of her Smokie number, Living Next Door to Alice.
Georgia Mathews from Somerville Laundry Lomax had the X Factor with her dynamic moves and a Piper in full regalia for her rendition of It’s a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC.
Lismore Toyota’s Jim Smith blew the roof off with Midnight Oil’s US Forces.His Peter Garrett style dancing sent the room into raptures.
Aveley McCann and Crystal Suter from TNR Chartered Accountants were crowd favourites with their outstanding singing and dancing to a Jackson Five number.
Janelle Pitman of Westpac deserves special mention for her enthusiasm. . She put in her heart, soul and body to bring a fun show that will have the community talking for weeks to come.
Finally, congratulations to Eva Johnson and Phil Crick, the deserving winners of the Karaoke Cup.
Around $20,000 was raised on the night towards the Crackin Cancer Compassionate Fund.