Karaoke for a cause

Sing, laugh, and raise funds for Make-A-Wish on August 23.


Ever sing karaoke before? Me neither. I’m a terrible singer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love belting it out in the car ride home from work or in the shower. Now you can use your world-class shower singing skills for a good cause!

On August 23, don’t be afraid to sing your heart out at CharityOkie and raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. CharityOkie is a themed karaoke fundraiser that starts at 8 p.m. and is held in Fassler Hall, 304 S. Elgin Ave.

CharityOkie is free to attend and participate. The audience can vote for performers through $20 donations, allowing the donator to “gong” the performer off stage. Each karaoke singer will be eligible to win one of three prize packages sponsored by local businesses. One hundred percent of the proceeds from CharityOkie will be passed directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma to grant wishes to Oklahoma children.

A tradition since 2010, the August 23 installment of CharityOkie will help local Wish Ambassador Ethan Starkweather meet his goal of raising $3,500 for Make-A-Wish.

Ethan Starkweather was eight years old when his Wish was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Ethan's Wish trip is something he still talks about almost every day. It gave him back a spark that countless hospital stays, doctor visits, and living with significant challenges as a child had dimmed. His Wish was so impactful that he now wants to ensure more kids will have their Wishes granted.

Ethan’s first fundraising effort for Make-A-Wish began when he painted a large piece of artwork to be auctioned. That single painting raised several hundred dollars for the organization. He then asked, “How many more paintings do I need to make, so another kid can get their Wish?” Since his first fundraising effort nine years ago, Ethan has continued to work tirelessly to raise even more funds.

Ethan has participated in collecting coins all year for the annual Stories of Light campaign, Macy's Letters to Santa, multiple horse shows, raffles, auctions, Rumble and Roll with Myers Duran Harley Davidson, golf tournaments, a house auction with Simmons Homes, and selling Wish stars and bracelets.

Still having doubts about singing or attending? I didn’t think so.


Mention your go-to song or your funniest karaoke experience in the comments!


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