It seemed to take forever to get here. Then, just like that, it was gone. The Fake It to Make It lip-sync competition was last Friday night, and it absolutely flew by. This event was by far one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. The combination of nerves, adrenaline and excitement that took over everyone involved is like nothing else. I can totally see why people get so addicted to the feeling of performing on stage. In fact, Kim declared after the show that she will be quitting HD983 nights to compete in lip-sync competitions for the rest of her life. Obviously, I would never let her leave us. But I get it. It was so much fun! I found myself immediately wishing we could do it again next year.
For anyone who wasn’t there and doesn’t know already, my team, The HD Entourage, came in second place. It’s true that winning isn’t everything. But losing sucks. Luckily, I’m a fan of teams like the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons, so the sting of coming in second wasn’t too much to bear. Actually, it was way too familiar.
When the top two finalists were named, Dub and Jenny (from the Kicks Wake Up Crew) announced the first finalist: Joe Edge from Sherman & Hemstreet. Then they took a long, cruel pause before announcing the second finalist, which I was sure would have been Sean Mooney from Showpony; the guy drove the Titanic onstage, for cryin’ out loud! But, then they said it: “the No. 2 finalist, Kris Fisher and the HD Entourage!” I’m not going to lie; I went full Taylor Swift awards show surprised face. Honestly, after seeing some of the other team’s performances, I didn’t even expect to make it that far. Don’t get me wrong — our set was good. I know this. We prepared hard, and we were confident about what we put together. But we didn’t plan on the other teams pulling out so many stops. Man, between live-action Barbie Dolls, a Tom Cruise movie tribute, the friggin’ Titanic on stage, a flying wrecking ball and more, the judges had a tough job to do.
In the end, Joe Edge was the winner, deservedly so. Many props to him and his team. Their set was over the top and hilarious! But the real winner was SafeHomes of Augusta. Through all of our fundraising, SafeHomes received a total of just under $157,000. The biggest props have to go to Will Lanier from Doctor’s Hospital and Steve Cassell with Columbia County. These guys raised more than half of the money on their own, with Will ultimately taking home the winner belt in the fundraiser category.
A big thanks needs to go out to a ton of people. You have absolutely no idea how massive the number of moving parts goes with this event. From the production crew: sound, video, cameras, lights, to the people backstage who are too many to name, but I gotta thank my wife, Monica, and Chad Bennett’s wife, Emily, for helping with wardrobe changes, and people that helped with the actual wardrobe including, but not limited to, Lonzo Smith from Augusta Pride. Big thanks to my team: Chad Bennett, Fenway and Kim on HD. Thanks to the management and staff at the Miller Theater and Oh. Muh. Gawd. The Miller Theater! This place is beautiful throughout. Find an event they are holding this year, of which there are many, and go. Thanks to Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) for donating to our campaign, Mechanical Trades, Inc. and Goldie Limbaugh who, despite running her own SafeHomes charity event (Jingle Jam 10K) donated $1,000 and to everyone else who donated big bucks and to those who donated 1 buck. Thanks to Teena Marie and her dancers at Ballroom in Motion. And, of course, thanks to everyone at SafeHomes for putting on such a great event.
Fundraising ain’t easy. When we started this thing, HD983 was asking for donations for victims of two different hurricanes, breast cancer, food donations and SafeHomes through an entirely different event. For the same reason, I know that giving ain’t easy. We get asked for donations everywhere we turn. So, if you’re one of the ones who helped us get to $157,000: Thank you. You’re the real heroes of this story.