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Boys & Girls Club reaps $10k for four hours of fun

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2012

The Laundrettes, of the possibly now-famous Lenny and the Laundrettes, took the grand prize in the lip sync contest during the Boys and Girls Club gala fundraiser, Fraud-Ville. Pictured are Alice Sichting, Kelly Kawahara and Wendy Rohner. The group’s lead “singer” was played by Mike Harklerode, all of Siuslaw Elementary School. More photos are on page A7.

About 300 people turned out for one of the biggest parties of the year Saturday night at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel event center.

Act Two: Fraud-Ville Lip Sync 2012 was the high-energy event organized to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County. Free food and drinks, a silent auction for extravagant gift baskets, single items and a table full of gorgeous desserts accompanied seven stage productions that brought hoots and howls of laughter from the audience.

The teams of performers, who went all-out in costumes and routines, were formed by local businesses competing in a lip sync contest. They included the Brainy Bunch from the Siuslaw News, Team Gilday from Sue Gilday State Farm Insurance, Lenny and the Laundrettes from Siuslaw Elementary, Earth Burp and Fiber from Oregon Pacific Bank, The Premiums from Coast Insurance, Mrs. Bingham’s Favorites from PeaceHealth Siuslaw Region, and the Grease Club from the Boys and Girls Club.

The winning trophy was awarded to Lenny and the Laundrettes, who performed “Simply Irresistible.” Behind the Robert Palmer look-alike suit was Siuslaw Elementary School Principal Mike Harklerode, with femme fatales Kelly Kawahara, Wendy Rohner and Alice Sichting in an unforgettable dance routine.

The judges were Bob and JoDe Hylton, Bob and Julie Mans, Tony and Melissa Phillips, and Scott and Gayle Waiss.

Adding to the fun were four men who were repeatedly shot down in a chilly dunk tank —Tribal Chairman Bob Garcia, Mike Harklerode (still wearing his suit) and the Mario Brothers (Kevin and Kyle Phillips of Tony’s Garage). They raised almost $1,000.

All facets of the event were sponsored by a very long list of generous contributors. Among them: Three Rivers contributed the room, staff, set up and audio equipment. Beer was donated by John and Jean Murphy and the Beachcomber Pub and Grill. Grocery Outlet contributed hot dogs; Aloha Sushi contributed sushi. Tony’s Garage provided the award trophy. The dessert auction was sponsored by Coast Road Construction and Coast Insurance Services.

For the complete article see the 02-29-2012 issue.

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