The sparks flew during the lip sync competition Saturday night as State Fair Community College hosted Tech and Tunes Night.
The event, a special benefit for SFCC’s technical programs had two goals: to raise funds for a future technology center and for those in attendance to have a good time in the effort.
“Tonight is really all about fun and laughter and raising money for a good cause,” Mary Treuner, SFCC Foundation executive director said. “We brought back our lip-sync competition from last year and I know that the four teams who are competing have put a lot of hard work into their performances but they have also shared a lot of fun in preparation for the contest.
“Some of the performers are in a completely different environment than what they are used to but I know the audience is in for a great time,” Treuner added.
The teams represented the four corporate sponsors for the evening: Pittsburgh Corning Worldwide, ProEnergy, PPS Group and Starline.
Two awards were handed out at the end of the performances.
The team who collected the highest cash votes from the audience was awarded the “bragging rights trophy.”
A panel of secret audience judges determined the second award, the People’s Choice”.
When all the cash was counted and the votes tallied, the team representing the PPS Group took home top honors in both categories Saturday night.
“When they asked me if I wanted to be a part of this I wanted to help,” Eric Rehmer Machine Tool Instructor in the CTC at SFCC said. “Since all of us on the team work at the college it will benefit our department but it also is a way to help the foundation and the community; it’s just a fun thing to be a part of.”
It is an effort to meet the needs of the community that was the main purpose for the event.
The college recently completed a comprehensive campus master plan and in that plan, the number one facility need identified was a new technology center.
According to SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson, the new facility would comprise six technical programs, automotive technology, welding, machining, construction, industrial technology and computer aided drafting, as well as the SFCC Career and Technology Center and potential new programs.
“The automotive building was built in 1974 and its original capacity was 10 students,” Anderson said. “Since 2007, the program has expanded to include evening classes which exceeds the capacity of the building.
“Without more space we are unable to add classes or new programs,” she added. “Tonight represents both a dream and a goal for the college because we realize the importance of technology to student success and in the job market in Pettis County.”
Anderson commented that technological education involves students in learning and provides them the skills needed to fix existing machines and equipment or provided them the vision to dream up the next big thing.
Dreaming big was what several of the performers may have had in mind as they took the stage for the evening’s performances.
Not only did the four competitive teams take part in the entertainment put representatives for last year’s performances from Bryant Motors, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia, Rick Ball Ford, and W-K Chevrolet performed in the evening’s finale.
“When Mary asked me to be mc for the evening, I fell in love with the idea,” Dana Sanchez who is a member of the marking division at WK Chevrolet said. “I knew it would be a lot of fun for this year’s performers and for me to be back performing.
“This is something that is really important for the community and it will be a fun good night,” Sanchez commented prior to the event. “I promise it will not be boring and everyone will have a really good time.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484