Well, it’s here. The moment we’ve been preparing for and looking forward to for weeks: The Fake It to Make It lip-sync competition is this Friday night, in the brand-new-old Miller Theater. Which, if you haven’t had the opportunity to see yet, is completely beautiful.
Last year, I sat at the judges’ table. It was so much fun that when Jennifer Frantom asked me to be a contestant this year, I jumped at the chance. In just its third year, Fake It to Make It has already become one of the biggest fundraising events of the year, raising well over $100,000 for SafeHomes of Augusta this year alone. Jennifer and her team should be very proud of what they have put together. I can’t imagine all the headaches and long hours that go into wrangling this cast of contestants. That is, unless all the others actually hit the deadlines and get their stuff together on time. In which case, Jennifer may be regretting asking me to be a contestant. What can I say? My procrastination game is unparalleled.
Procrastination be damned, my team is ready! Chad Bennett, Fenway and Kim on HD are backing me up, so I have the best team in the contest, hands down! We have a bunch of fun props ready to go. I was going to list them all here, but was advised against it, as it would take away our “wow” factor. My advisory team: my wife. Thanks, dear.
… OK, I’ll say this: We’re gonna light up the Miller, I’ll tell ya that!
My team is determined to get that championship belt. So much so that we practiced non-stop for the past two weeks. We even garnered a small crowd at the Columbia County Amphitheater that seemed to enjoy our set — even after I put on the cheerleader outfit! I fully expected some of Columbia County’s finest to show up.
But then, there’s the reason we do it. Sure, there may be some dark part of me that enjoys prancing around in dresses for strangers’ amusement. But you’ll never get me to admit it. Being in the media, we’re often asked to help raise funds for different causes. Like most radio and television personalities, I do my best to help when I can. But there are a few causes that are very important to me. SafeHomes and domestic violence is one of them. I have some people who are very close to me that have been through some ugly situations. Some have been through it in the past, but some are going through it now. The thought of someone being stuck in an abusive situation really bothers me — especially if kids are involved. It’s often difficult for someone to not only get out of the situation but often to even concede that they are going through it. As difficult as it is for the abused to take the steps necessary to get away from the situation, if kids are involved, they are completely at the mercy of the parents: the abusive one and the one who can’t or doesn’t, for whatever reason, leave the situation. I was fortunate enough to have 2 sets of parents who never took it that far. But I’ve heard many arguments through my bedroom wall. I’ll never forget the way that made me feel. And I can only imagine how I’d have felt if it got violent.
This fundraiser, along with others (like the Jingle Jam on the first Saturday of every December) have blessed Augusta with a fantastic facility for anyone going through an abusive or violent situation at home: women or men and their children. If you are going through something abusive, whether it’s physically, mentally or emotionally, please reach out to SafeHomes. It can be the toughest thing you do. But SafeHomes gives you the resources to overcome. It will change your life which, sometimes, is the scariest part. But it’s good to know you have a great team to help you through it. They’re a phone call away: 706-736-2499.
Editor’s note: Visit millertheateraugusta.com/event/fake-it-to-make-it for more information and for tickets to Fake It to Make It. The fundraising event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26.