Centre Sings ready to crown winner

It’s going to be a show-stopper.

A vocal competition will showcase local talent while raising money to benefit Interfaith Human Services on Sunday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College.

“It’s for Centre County residents to help out Centre County residents,” IHS Executive Director Ruth Donahue said.

IHS, formerly Interfaith Mission, is a State College-based agency that financially helps residents in need.

The goal of the event is to raise $20,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Interfaith’s giving and outreach programs.

The semifinal round of the competition was May 9 and included 23 acts. A dozen singers — ranging in age from 8 to 79 — will move on to Sunday’s final round.

Those who made the cut are Riley Blake, Janelle Bullock, Kaylee Corl, Roger Herman, The Intonations (Elizabeth Hamlett, Lily Najjar and Rowan Sheridan), Megan Irwin, Zachary Kramer, Halle Mitchell, Dori Puzycki, Hannah Richardson, Eva Swanson and Jerry Watson.

Each participant will get a professional photograph, a gift bag and other prizes. The runner-up will receive an award and $150; and the winner will get a trophy, $500 and the chance to sing at Centre Sings 2015, Donahue said.

Isaiah Adu, 11, made it to the semifinals but won’t be competing on Sunday’s event. He was, however, given the IHS Community Impact Award for raising $1,600. The semifinalists, as a group, raised $3,206, Donahue said.

“To be able to have this caliber of individuals to step forward has been wonderful and been a real community effort to put this on,” Donahue said.

Other than the “ Wishing Well Campaign,” which raises money through donations collected outside The Corner Room and Meyer Dairy, Centre Sings is Interfaith’s major fundraising activity, Donahue said.

“It’ll be a fun night that makes a big difference for hundreds of people,” Donahue said. “We know there are a lot of people hurting in a lot of different ways.” The event, she added, is “fun, fulfilling and functional.”