For the members of the Inspirit Idol planning committee (of which I am one), the hope is that the answer is yes. This karaoke fund-raiser takes place on the evening of April 25th at the Players Club in Wellington, FL from 7-11.
So what is Inspirit Idol, anyway? It’s the major fund-raising initiative for the music non-profit Inspirit. Founded in 2000 by my friend Ginny Meredith, Inspirit provides live music and other performances free of charge to institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and rehab centers. Inspirit Idol is a karaoke singing competition in which all the contestants will have raised money for Inspirit.
Ticket prices are $15 per person or $25 per couple; this includes a drink ticket and free hors d’oeuvres for the first 90 minutes. As a venue, the Player Club is exceptional, as evidenced by its popularity with the equestrian crowd that descends on Wellington during polo and show-jumping season. Raffle tickets will also be drawn for prizes that include a big-screen flat-panel tv. Prior to the start of the karaoke competition, the evening will kick off with a performance by local country singer-songwriter and Inspirit performer Suzanne Cannon.
The first-prize package for the karaoke competition includes a six-hour recording session at Lake Worth’s Elegbaland studio with noted area engineers John and Bill Storch, and a two-night stay at the Jupiter Beach Resort. Celebrity judges for the competition consists of Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post Local columnist;Andy Preston, radio personality for 98.7 Gater Rocks; Gin Weintraub, singer/songwriter and founding member of noted area band INHOUSE; and everybody’s favourite local music columnist, Ginny’s husband Bill Meredith.
The Players Club is located at 13410 South Shore Blvd. in Wellington, Florida. For further information on Inspirit Idol, please consult its webpage at the Inspirit website.