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Lip Sync Battle Poised to Exceed Goals

The first year of the Lip Sync Battle, KATV morning news anchor Alyson Courtney had a hard time convincing her daughters, Berkeley and Brooklyn, to perform with her. But then they were hooked, especially after winning the championship belt at last year’s battle with their performance of a Taylor Swift medley.
Now, with the event benefitting Make-A-Wish Mid-South, the trio’s even more excited about performing. The family has a close friendship with seven-year-old Keegan, whose wish for a pirate ship was granted through the organization.

“I am doing this for him and other kids who have cancer,” nine-year-old Berkeley said. “Sometimes, they wish they could be normal kids, and this gives them a chance.”

The Lip Sync Battle benefiting Make-A-Wish Mid-South is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Robinson Center. Tickets are available through TicketMaster. Inspired by the long-running bit on The Tonight Show and the subsequent TV show, former iHeartRadio personality Danny-Joe Crofford decided to get a group of his friends together for their own competition and to raise money for a charity through the event.

In the upcoming battle, Alyson and her daughters will compete against Poolboy, who won the championship title at the first fundraiser in 2015, Bob Robbins, former Razorbacks, community leaders and other local radio and television personalities. Craig O’Neill will emcee the event, and the Zac Dunlap Band will debut its new single, “Arkansas’ Mine.”

A panel of judges will choose winners for Best Choreography, Best Costume and Best Use of Props categories, in addition to the overall champion, who receives an official WWE replica belt. The audience will get to vote via text for the People’s Choice Award.

“It should be an epic event,” said Crofford.

Last year, the event raised about $30,000, but the Lip Sync Battle for Make-A-Wish Mid-South has raised that amount in sponsorships alone, so Crofford is excited about the future of the event, hoping it will one day reach $100,000 to grant wishes for local children through Make-A-Wish Mid-South. A number of wish kids, like Keegan, have been invited and they’ll select an act to receive a special Wish Kid’s Choice Award. Some will also share their wish stories.

“People will get a chance to see these kids and hear their stories,” Danny-Jo Crofford said. “Laughter and medicine is a great cure. Kids who have wishes granted receive medicine for the heart and soul.”

Keegan’s mom, Robin, said they plan to be at the event and that Keegan is looking forward to seeing Alyson and Berkeley. He’s excited to reunite with other Make-A-Wish kids there as well. Robin encourages all her friends and family to support Make-A-Wish because she has experienced first-hand the impact a wish experience can have on a child and the whole family.

“Even a small donation can bring joy to a child’s life and to their family,” she said.
  • Lip Sync Battle

  • Lip Sync Battle

  • Wish kid Keagan with his pirate ship

  • Wish kid Keagan on his pirate ship

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