When she first got the notion to do a fundraiser for Ohio Citizen Action, Northside resident Melissa English knew it had to be here. “This community is so aware of the struggle against pollution and so engaged in politics – it was a no brainer”, she says. She had done fundraisers here before and her candidate forums were always well attended, but this time she wanted to try something different.
Owing to the popularity of live band karaoke every Wednesday at the Northside Tavern, she decided on a contest, but not just a singing contest. Her goal is to raise at least $5,000 for the organization’s work to shut down Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest coal plants and prevent toxic coal ash spills like the one earlier this year in North Carolina. She knew she couldn’t do that by just selling tickets. Instead, she recruited contestants who would then ask their friends and family to sponsor them for the contest, similar to what some organizations do with walk/run events. Contestants began fundraising via email and social media a couple of weeks ago.
On Friday, August 15th at the Northside Tavern, ten contenders will compete for the Grand Prize, after having raised a minimum of either $250 or $500 each. Some of them are live band karaoke regulars. All of them are up to the challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate for $10/song to either sing themselves or challenge someone else to sing. To decline the make-me-sing challenge costs $20. “Whether you want the thrill of singing in front of a live band or just want to watch, you will have a good time”, English says.
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