5 Reasons Your Next Fundraiser Should Be a Lip Sync Competition

This summer I had the privilege of working with a Visiting Angels home care franchise to help plan, promote, and perform in a lip syncing competition to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Here’s why you should consider a similar event for your next fundraiser.

 

Reason #1: Silly Performances = Serious Money and Awareness

Lots of businesses, influencers, volunteers, and youth groups are looking for ways to get involved in the community. A lip syncing competition is exciting, and we found several local organizations that were more than happy to help us advance the cause.

In our first year, we were able to raise over $7,000 from sponsorships, donations, and raffles. Just as important, we spread awareness for the cause to thousands of people through live performances and social media.

We recorded the first event on an iPhone, put together a fun video, and it received over 10,000 views on Facebook. It was a great way to raise some extra awareness for the Alzheimer's Association.


Reason #2: Lip Syncing is Great for Team Building

Businesses and other local organizations make significant investments in team building retreats and activities. A lip syncing competition is the ultimate team building endeavor; it requires working together, creativity, and execution. Best of all, this team building activity can help raise money for a meaningful cause.

 The local dentist office, "the Cavity Killers" performing popular pop song "I Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd.

The local dentist office, "the Cavity Killers" performing popular pop song "I Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd.


Reason #3: Lip Sync Connects Generations

Anyone and everyone can lip sync… We had performers across nine generations - teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s! Any event that connects generations through music, dance, performance, and laughter is a winner.

 The   stAGES club  , a 50+ improv group, preformed a compilation of songs from throughout the decades.

The stAGES club, a 50+ improv group, preformed a compilation of songs from throughout the decades.


Reason #4: It’s Not Your Mother’s Bake Sale

Raising money can be challenging. Lots of organizations use the same event ideas to inspire donations, including bake sales, auctions, bingo nights, and golf tournaments. A lip sync competition is something different, and for that reason, it helps attract and excite a diverse group in the community.


 

Reason #5: So You Can Perform... (Do It!)

When I was first asked to get involved, I was happy to help but did not plan on performing; singing/dancing is NOT my thing. However, a few colleagues applied an extremely effective combination of peer pressure and friendly competition, and ultimately convinced me to give it a shot. 

Even though I was prepared from choreography and rehearsals with my wife, I was seriously nervous for my performance. To my relief, the nerves disappeared as soon as I stepped out on stage and saw all the supportive faces in the crowd.

I rocked out to a custom mix of famous bands through the decades - the Beatles, Jackson 5, Journey, and Backstreet Boys. My performance earned me a bronze medal, but more importantly, I had a blast while helping to raise money for a cause that’s important to me.

Besides, now that I have worked up the courage to lip sync Don’t Stop Believing (dressed up as Steve Perry in a leopard print t-shirt) in front of a crowd of people, other public engagements seem like small potatoes.


Michael Potteiger is the co-founder of Generation Connect - a company that helps care organizations and other non-profits leverage everyday technology to personally engage older adults.

Michael Potteiger