POINT PLEASANT — The Kitchen Table organization found themselves in the unique position of having to apologetically turn people away from its Lip Sync Battle fund raiser on Saturday because it quickly, and unexpectedly, became a standing-room-only event.
There was simply nowhere else to put one more person.
Organizers say they knew something “special” was happening when audience members started arriving 15 minutes before the doors were even officially opened, and a half hour before the performances, the venue was nearly full.
The Kitchen Table is a group of volunteers which formed a couple of months ago to feed people via monthly, community meals at The Meeting House, which is at the former St. Paul UM Church. The meals are for anyone who needs them — whether they physically need the meal or just emotionally need to share one with their neighbors. The Lip Sync Battle was meant to help fund this effort of neighbors feeding neighbors and, it did just that, grossing over $2,600 in ticket sales, concessions and voting for contestants via donations from the audience.
Taking home the Inaugural Lip Sync Battle trophy was Pastor Matt Dotson of Good Shepherd UM Church. Dotson edged out Assistant Prosecutor RF Stein in the finale. Dotson performed high-energy renditions of “So What” by Pink and “Boom Boom Shake the Room” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, while Stein turned into a doppelganger for Axl Rose when performing “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N Roses, as well as “Loose Yourself” by Eminem.
Though they didn’t make it to the finale, the following won their battle rounds: Jack Cullen, Bill Cottrill, Chad Foreman, Cheryl Miller Ross, Scott Justus, Kellie Thomas. Also stepping out of their comfort zones for a good cause were contestants: Jeremy Bryant, Rich Blain, Tim Click, Jenny Shirley, Brian Billings, Keith Sargent, Kenny Grady, Chip Bennett. Sammy Doolittle provided entertainment at intermission.
The Kitchen Table crew expressed their gratitude to the community for the overwhelming support and are already planning a second Lip Sync Battle and unique fundraisers to engage and entertain the community. More importantly, The Kitchen Table is taking the money earned over the weekend to plan the next dinner and many more.
The next community meal is: Sunday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. at The Meeting House, 2434 Jefferson Ave., with a menu of potato soup, smoked sausage dog on a bun, dessert, and drink. All are welcome for the free dinner.
To find out more about The Kitchen Table, find it on Facebook. More photos from the show appear on the Point Pleasant Register’s Facebook page.
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