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Lip Sync Battle To Benefit Refugees


Photo credit: Provided by: Irene Paxia

Written by: Colby ShoupOctober 26, 2016

One Beat: A Lip Sync Battle will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Philmore on Broadway to benefit Amani Family Services.

The fundraiser will feature performances from eight groups representing companies sponsoring the event who will lip sync to popular songs. Audience members will be able to vote for a winner of the eight groups based on comments from judges.

The event marks Amani’s first foray into fundraising, but it won’t be the last, said Irene Paxia, IPFW alumna and executive director of Amani Family Services.

“In the future, we want to grow events like this so that we can diversify the revenue sources of our agency,” Paxia said. “We’re growing rapidly, so events like this will allow us to spread awareness and continue to help people in need.”

Amani Family Services, formerly Crime Victim Care of Allen County, was started in 2005 to support immigrant and refugee families and individuals who are victims of crimes. The organization has since expanded to assist refugees with issues involving child abuse, mental health, neglect and violence.

“The agency is doing an amazing amount of good work and we’re really really unique in what we’re doing,” Paxia said. “Fort Wayne is extremely diverse and the services that we provide are necessary to support a diverse community. To put it simply, we help promote the building of bridges across cultures.”

Tickets to One Beat: A Lip Sync Battle cost $50 and are available through EventBrite.com. The event will also feature performances by local musicians Kelsie Murray and Joe Welch. Refreshments and an open bar will be provided.