Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens and Leavenworth Fire Chief Gary Birch will be among the dignitaries competing in the inaugural Lip Sync Battle at Grinders High Noon.

The event is a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Youth Achievement Center.

"It's a good cause and anything for kids, we like to support," said Birch, who will perform George Straight's "The Fireman."

Birch said he has never competed in a lip sync contest.

"I'm glad it's lip sync because I can't sing," he said.

The "5 Guy Boy Band" of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department will take on Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Another marque matchup could be Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall against Leavenworth Assistant City Manager Taylour Tedder.

Vandall said he will perform "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie.

Contestants are encouraged to wear costumes for their performance. Vandall said he's still working on his outfit.

"It's fun to not take ourselves so seriously and raise money for a good cause," Vandall said.

Three judges will evaluate the performances. Fans can choose the winner of each round by donating money to buckets that will be located in front of the stage.

The overall winner will be determined by the judges' vote and total cash received for each performance.

"It's generating quite a buzz," said Joe Buis, director of the Youth Achievement Center.

He said 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to the center.

"This helps keep the doors open and the lights on," he said. "It supports our programs and helps us expand our programs for the kids."

Dave Staab, manager of Grinders High Noon, said the restaurant has waived the room rental fee for the event.

Carrieoke Productions will be the disc jockey, while Brandon Johannes, executive director of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $25 each, $40 for two people and $30 on the night of the event. VIP tables have been sold out.

Tickets include an all you can eat buffet and admittance to the show.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

The Youth Achievement Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides a safe place for children to attend after school.

Activities include tutoring and programs focusing on alcohol/substance abuse prevention.

The contestants

Round 1: Kyle Deere (Leavenworth County Humane Society) vs. Missie Darnley (First Taste Oil & Vinegar)

Round 2: Trina Hawkins (PQC) vs. Dawn Torrain (USD 453)

Round 3: Dr. Vernon Mills (Heidgen & Mills) vs. Dr. Kathleen McBratney (Flanner & McBratney)

Round 4: Mike Nielsen (ReMax) vs. Trisha Alton (Realty Executives)

Round 5: Hailly Reeves (Citizens National Bank) vs. Dru Wheatcroft (Mutual Savings)

Round 6: Debbie Deere (40th District candidate) vs. Jeff Pittman (41st District candidate)

Round 7: Tim Vandall (Lansing City Administrator) vs. Taylour Tedder (Leavenworth Assistant City Manager)

Round 8: Todd Thompson (Leavenworth County Attorney) vs. Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department "5 Guy Boy Band"

Round 9: Gary Birch (Leavenworth Fire Chief) vs. Pat Kitchens (Leavenworth Police Chief))


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