Lip sync benefit helps Bellefonte’s Faith Centre

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There was a poster of “The Three Stooges” hanging in the Bellefonte Elementary School hallway.

But the faces of fourth-graders Alex Ebeling, Cooper Funk and Jake Knapp replaced those of Moe, Larry and Curly.

And little did anyone know that the trio would be the talk of the night after bringing in loads of laughs to a crowded auditorium.

The boys — who called themselves the Knuckleheads — were part of the 21st annual Lip Sync Benefit Show hosted by Bellefonte Elementary School students on Friday night to benefit the FaithCentre Food Bank.

Event co-chairwoman Christine Ebeling said students were asked to bring in canned goods, health products and nonperishable items every day during the school’s spirit week, leading up to the show.

Ebeling said the event included 16 groups of students — from kindergarten to fifth grade — who began practicing their routines in January.

The night kicked off with an act by Kylie Edmondson, Haylee Marucci, Sophie Reiter and Emma Rockey to “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from the musical “Annie.”

The Knuckleheads rounded out the first half of the show with a choreographed piece to “The Curly Shuffle” and an act that left the trio with pies of whipped cream to the face — along with the loudest laughs of the night.

“We wanted to go out with a bang,” said Cooper, who played Curly. “We did a lot of brainstorming and think we came up with a pretty cool act.”

The three were the hit at last year’s event as they did a spoof of Weird Al Yankovic.

“It’s just cool knowing we can have a lot of fun and give back to the community,” Cooper said.

And that’s how about every student felt.

“You want to do all you can to help the community you live in,” said third-grader Bailey Hoff.

Bailey performed in a number to the Kidz Bop version of “Classic,” with Avah Colm, 10, and Keira Whitman, 8, who also said they donated a couple of canned goods a day.

Their performance was a tribute to the Garman Theatre, which was demolished last year. It included “classic” and “vintage” dance moves and attire to their routine performed in front of a marquee that said “Garman Theatre,” Keira said.

“We can’t save the theater, but we can remember it,” Bailey said.

While admission was free, guests were asked to donate a canned good.

By the end of the night, the school raised 883 items, said FaithCentre board President Stephanie Cooper Robinson.

“We serve 800 individuals a month, of which more than 200 are children, and we’re so incredibly grateful for the hard work and care from our own local youth,” Cooper Robinson said.

Last year, the FaithCentre opened a separate location on Allegheny Street to solely house food donations for its food bank.

Cooper Robinson said the space allowed the Faith Centre to expand and reorganize its store.