No coincidence, Boca Raton is the proud home of advocates of musical inspiration: Nat King Cole Generation Hope (NKCGH), a non-profit champion of equity in music education, and dining & entertainment hotspot Crazy Uncle Mike’s. United in mission, they will stage the highly anticipated 6th Annual 2022 Lip Sync Battle, this summer’s not-to-be-missed community fundraising event, on Wednesday night, Aug. 3.
Local celebrities and familiar personalities will delight a projected sold-out crowd who vote for their favorite performers. Yet, everyone plays a meaningful part in the evening’s success—proceeds to the charity directly bolster budgets, resources and opportunities for youth music education, in support of under-served kids, financially needy families and under-resourced schools.
On the marquee for Lip Sync Battle: Jason Hagensick and Bryan Hunt of the YMCA; Julissa Caballero, Hilary Cohen, Hilary Curry, Taylor Koziol, Fefe Madray and Shannon Stephan of Hotwire; recording artist Kendra Erika with realtors Ingrid Fulmer and Sung Knowles; Brian Edwards of United Way; and volunteer extraordinaire Terri Honeycutt. Winners are selected based on multiple factors: donations made in their name, attendees’ votes and scores from judges, including Timolin Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole; Scott Rippons of Onstage Studios, Marie Speed of Boca Magazine, and 2019 Lip Sync Battle winners Gina Gubana and Laura Messler.
Tickets for the 2022 Lip Sync Battle are $35 for General Admission and $50 for VIP, including happy hour pricing and one complimentary drink. Purchase at natkingcolegenhope.org/shop. The program is generously supported by Onstage Studios, Sunny 107.9, Boca Raton Magazine, The Boca Raton Tribune, and Boca Chamber Festival Days.
At a time when so many children and educators contend with unprecedented challenges—mentally, emotionally, academically and socially—music education has never been more essential and urgent. All youth deserve the chance to experience musical expression and creation. They are entitled to transform their lives and empower their spirits through music, to pursue achievement as budding performers and experience mentorship from dedicated teachers. Nat King Cole Generation Hope fulfills that vision by expanding access to music instruction with initiatives such as the Project Encore! Instrument Donation program, which refurbishes and delivers pianos, strings, horns, wind and percussion instruments to schools/organizations and serves children in need; Summer Strings and Summer Jazz camps for elementary, middle and high school students; the virtual Music Educators Conference drawing U.S. and global participants, and Scholarships to deserving and excelling high school students pursuing collegiate studies in music.
Co-founded in 2008 by the legendary artist and entertainer’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey Cole, Nat King Cole Generation Hope builds on the storied Cole family legacy to inspire and enrich lives through music, the universal language that inspires compassion and the best in humanity.
The organization recently released its debut single and music video, “Can We Talk to the World?” an anthem of hope for the world, to keep the faith in nurturing young souls through music. The chorus features students from South Florida’s B Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts, Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts, and North Broward Preparatory School.
This post is sponsored by Nat King Cole Generation Hope