The Oklahoma Bar Foundation held its first ever “Rock the Foundation – Lip Sync for Justice” fundraiser on June 27th at the 21c Museum Hotel in OKC. The event raised $26,094 for Access to Justice programs funded by the Foundation. Dean Jim Roth from OCU Law was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. The competition consisted of 9 lip sync teams from law firms, law schools and the YLD. Two lip sync trophies were awarded. One went to the Fundraising Champions team and the other to the Lip Sync Champions team. All teams raised money prior to the event and audience members were able to text to donate to their favorite teams during the show. Team “The Esq.Choir” from Polston Tax took home the trophy for Fundraising Champions by raising $6,000 for Access to Justice programs. They performed “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.
To determine the Lip Sync Champions title, a panel of Celebrity Judges scored each act based on creativity, lip sync style, team enthusiasm and use of props. The Celebrity Judges were Justice Douglas Combs of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Judge Dana Kuehn of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, and OBA Member/Lawyer/Media Mogul behind Brides of Oklahoma, Ashley Bowen Murphy. Team “Brief This!” from The Rudnicki Firm took home this trophy. The group performed to a mix of sassy pop music consisting of 5 different songs, and the judges commented that all team members knew the words to all of the songs in the mix very well. Also, audio problems during their performance interrupted the team, with their music stopping completely in the final song. A quick-thinking team member grabbed the emcee’s mic and confidently sang the words to “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled so the team could finish their performance.
To end the night, OBF Board President Jennifer Castillo performed “I Love Rock n Roll” as all the participating teams joined in with her for an encore.
Congratulations to our winners Polston Tax and The Rudnicki Firm! And a special Thank you to our Board President Jennifer Castillo for coming up with this idea for a creative and fun fundraiser!
On behalf of the OBF Board and staff, thank you to all of our lip sync participants, sponsors, emcee, judges, and event attendees who helped make this event a success!
“Motley Crowe” by Crowe & Dunlevy
Cole McLanahan by McAfee & Taft
“The Devil’s Advocates” by Pierce Couch
“The Esq.Choir” by Polston Tax
“Brief This!” by The Rudnicki Firm
“The Justice League” from TU Law sponsored by GableGotwals
“Ladies Justice” from OCU Law sponsored by Phillips Murrah
“Acapellant” from OU Law sponsored by Fellers Snider
The “Hee Bee Gee Bees” representing YLD sponsored by OBF Past Presidents
The OBA Family Law Section
Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company
Derrick & Briggs
Hartley Kelso, PC
McGill & Rodgers
Tisdal & O’Hara
Event photos can be found on the OBF Facebook page in the “Rock the Foundation 2019” photo album.
Plans for Rock the Foundation 2020 will begin soon!