Showcase installment of ‘Voices for the Children’ set for Saturday

Page News and Courier

LURAY ― Local talent will take their turns at the mic this Saturday to show off their pipes during the debut installment of “Voices for the Children.”

Sponsored by the Caverns Shrine Club, 20 singers from Page County and surrounding areas will compete for a top prize of $1,000.

The five-part, monthly series, open to singers age 12 and up, will kick off Saturday with a singer showcase, in which each of the 20 competitors will take the stage one at a time to perform a song of their choosing. Audience voting will begin at the April installment of the competition. Each participant will sing at least three times, before the first round of eliminations are announced at the May event.

Proceeds raised through ticket admissions will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The network of more than 20 nonprofit medical facilities across North America provide treatment to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal chord injuries and cleft lips and palates. Each patient is provided services at no cost, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Since 2005, the local Shrine Club has contributed about $200,000 to the hospital network.

Shriners hope to use the the new signing competition ― with venues rotating between the auditoriums of Luray and Page County high schools ― to showcase the personal stories of those who have benefited from Shriners Hospitals for Children, said 25-year Shriner and event organizer Jerry Dofflemyer of Luray.

The competition debuts at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 11 in the Luray High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Elimination rounds ― determined by a panel of judges and audience voting ― will begin the following month and run through July. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 through 18 and free for kids 5 and younger.

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