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Singing contest to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County
Angel Oak Idol
Jimmy Rutland
Jimmy Rutland - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff
Regina Clontz
Regina Clontz - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — Strong carpentry skills aren’t necessary to be able to help Habitat for Humanity. Powerful voices can assist the nonprofit organization, too.

“I can’t carry a tune but I know there’s plenty of fantastic musicians in our community,” Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County Executive Jimmy Rutland said. “Local singers can audition to showcase their talents in the ‘Angel Oak Idol’ singing competition on July 16. The best part?

“All proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County so that we can further our mission of building homes, community and hope.”

Habitat for Humanity partners with individuals and businesses to help build or improve houses for people who need shelter. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. 

“I encourage you to come out and support your community for a great cause,” Rutland said, “ and I look forward to seeing you (at the theatre)!”

‘Angel Oak Idol’ contestants must be at least 18 years old. They will audition from 10 a.m.-noon at Railyard Media at 122 N. Laurel St. An appointment isn’t required but each singer must provide their own karaoke track.

“We are asking contestants to attempt to raise money for Habitat for Humanity,” Mars Theatre Director Regina Clontz said. “That is definitely a factor in choosing who is going to hit the stage.”

The finalists will be determined by a panel of three local celebrity judges. 

“The judges are a throwback or an homage to ‘American Idol’ judges,” Clontz said. “You are going to get the full-on ‘American Idol’ experience.”

The top five contestants will perform on stage at the Mars Theatre starting at 7 p.m. the same day. The winner will receive a free music video produced by Railyard Media and be the opening act at the Springfield Fall Festival later this year.

“They will not be judged at the live performance,” Clontz said. “The live performance is just an opportunity for them to shine.”

Tickets for the ‘Angel Oak Idol’ show are on sale now at the Mars Theatre.

“They cost $15 plus a small service charge — the cost of the credit card processing — so that we can give all the ticket proceeds to Habitat,” Clontz said. “It’s going to be super fun.”

For more information, call Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County at 912-826-6433 or the Mars Theatre at 912-754-1118.