Local 'stars' strut their stuff to help raise funds for San Mar Children's Home
Dr. Ralph Salvagno sings "Don't Worry Be Happy" at Showcase of the Stars held at Hager Hall Friday evening. (By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer / March 15, 2013)
Joined by several other spirited acts by Hagerstown-area professionals Friday night, the group took the stage at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, performing a choreographed dance to the 1964 R&B classic before a crowd of about 300 people at the fifth annual Showcase of the Stars.
The event is a fundraiser for San Mar Children’s Home in Boonsboro.
Before taking the stage, Angelo Marino of the local Honda dealer said he never had done anything like it before, but playfully quipped that as long as the group could get their steps down, “then we can shut it down.”
“It’s special for all of us because as ... a company, we love to be involved in any way, shape or form that we can ... so this is great,” Marino said.
Bruce Anderson, executive director of San Mar, said he hoped to raise between $7,000 and $10,000 by night’s end, a integral part of the nonprofit’s yearly funding. In addition to raffle ticket sales, Hager Hall also donated a portion of drink sales to the organization.
“As a nonprofit, we’re constantly challenged with trying to make ends meet,” he said. “Five years ago, one of our board members came up with the idea of creatively involving the community in a way that’s going to raise some funds and we’ve done it ever since.”
New this year, the raffle was especially popular, Anderson said. The top prize winner will receive a ride in a L-39 Albatros military fighter jet.
“That’s crazy,” Anderson said. “So we’ve got a lot of people who are really excited.”
Other lip-sync acts included Dr. Ralph Salvagno of the Center for Joint Pain & Sports Medicine performing “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin; aircraft mechanics and pilots from DS Technologies LLC performing “Gangnam Style” by Psy; clergy men and women from area churches performing “Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goal Posts of Life)” by Bobby Bare; and a five-piece rendition of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock ’N Roll” by First Data Learning Association.
Serving as judges for the performances were Carl Disque, local attorney and founder of the Western Maryland Blues Fest, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright and local television and radio personality Lou Scally.
The night also featured Hannah Richardson, an 11-year-old singing sensation from Waynesboro, Pa., who wowed the crowd with several songs.