With 30 acts and more than 100 people in attendance, the 2nd annual “Sing Your Heart Out” Karaoke Contest was a hit with karaoke lovers and spectators alike. Approximately $1,100 was raised from entry fees, donations, and a 50/50 raffle for the American Heart Association.
The contest kicked off at 7:30 p.m. at Savory Downtown, Watertown. Carthage Area Hospital Marketing Director Taylour L. Scanlin and Tunes 92.5 FM’s DJ Johnny Keegan opened the night with a short rendition of “Don’t go breaking my heart,” by Elton John. Karaoke was provided by Constant Velocity DJ Service.
Contestants competed for top prizes, including “Best Solo,” “Best Duo,” and “Most Entertaining.” They were scored based on vocal ability, stage presence, and crowd response. Celebrity judges sat on the sideline while offering their opinions on several acts. Judges included Stacy Spaziani American Heart and Stroke Association regional director; ABC 50 TV personality Alex Hazard; and local musician Chris LaVancha.
Best Solo – Gabrielle Daniels, Watertown – “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke – $100
Best Duo – Bill Blunden, Carthage, and Danielle Campbell, Harrisville – “Love Shack” by the B-52’s – $50/person
Most Entertaining – Jessica Whitemore, Black River – “Last Dance” by Donna Summer – $50
“Carthage Area Hospital has been a strong supporter of the North Country Heart Walk and American Heart Association. We all had a great time and are incredibly grateful for their donation,” said Stacy Spaziani, Regional Director of the American Heart and Stroke Association.
Sponsors included Tunes 92.5 FM, Savory Downtown, and ABC 50 TV and Constant Velocity DJ Service.
Carthage Area Hospital is a major sponsor of the North Country Heart Walk and raises money throughout the entire year to support the cause.
This year’s Heart Walk takes place Saturday, April 29 at Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown. Visit northcountryheartwalk.org to learn more about the North Country Heart Walk, sponsor a team, or join the effort today. The Heart Walk is one of the largest single-day fundraisers for the American Heart and Stroke Association, raising more than $250,000 annually. This year’s fundraising goal is $280,000.