It's a Caribbean Thriller of a fundraiser on Friday

2013-08-26T19:56:00Z 2013-08-26T20:38:09Z It's a Caribbean Thriller of a fundraiser on FridayLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
August 26, 2013 7:56 pm  • 

GARY | Area political and business leaders lip-syncing to the hit songs of such artists as Cher, Isaac Hayes and Beyonce’ will light up the stage  Friday during the Methodist Hospital Foundation Caribbean Thriller fundraiser at Marquette Park Pavilion patio.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person.

Tickets may be purchased at Methodist Hospitals gift shops in Gary and Merrillville, the Calumet Township assessor’s office at  501 E. 5th Ave., the State Farm office of Sharon Chambers at 5275 Broadway and the Urban League of Northwest Indiana at 34th and Broadway, all in Gary.

Guests will be served an array of hors d'oeuvres with a Caribbean flare along with a special Caribbean Thriller beverage.

The “Thriller” theme pays homage to the late Michael Jackson, a Gary native, on his birthday weekend. The Westside Theatre Guild dancers will perform “Thriller” as special tribute to Jackson at the benefit.

Among those lining up to imitate their favorite musical artists are state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, as Teddy Pendergrass; state Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, as Smokey Robinson; Methodist Hospital CEO Ian McFadden as Barry White and his wife Angela as Beyonce'; Lake County Clerk Mike Brown, Isaac Hayes; and East Chicago-based attorney Lonnie Randolph as Marvin Gaye.

Others “performers” include Rob Hanrahan, Methodist Hospital Foundation executive director, as Frankie Avalon; Urban League CEO Vanessa Allen as Gladys Knight; Calumet Township Assessor Jackie Collins as Mary J. Blige; Quality Insurance representatives Lita Filipo as Cher; Merrillville-based attorney Trent McCain as Al B Sure; and BIG Daddy Bar B Que as Heavy “D."

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