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Childhelp’s Capitol CAREaoke Rocked the Reagan Building to Fight Child Abuse

On Tuesday night, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was rockin’, thanks to a host of journalists, politicians, and sports personalities. The room was busting with a who’s who crowd, and they were all there for one common [and very commendable] purpose: to raise money and awareness in support of Childhelp's fight against child abuse and neglect. The event—dubbed CAREaoke—is an annual affair that benefits the organization, and while award-winning journalist Rebecca Cooper (WJLA) was the evening’s hostess, she is also the event’s founder.

ChildHelp was founded in 1959 and has become one of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to helping victims of child abuse. The organization’s founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson are former USO girls and were well-known sitcom actresses as the girlfriends of Ricky and David Nelson on the Ozzie & Harriet Show. They’ve also been thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because of their lifelong dedication to helping children.

The talented CAREaoke acts were introduced by none other than Wes Johnson, voice of the Washington Capitals. And as he introduced the acts, you could literally feel the energy swell in the room. WUSA 9’s Anita Brikman, Topper Shutt, Angie Goff and Lesli Foster took to the stage with an engaging rendition of Boom Boom Pow and secured more votes—in the form of pledges by guests who were toting handheld BidPals—than their CAREaoke challengers from WTTG Fox 5. Topper Shutt gave the crowd a solid crowd-pleasing performance, and in doing so, he endearingly made clear that while he takes the weather very seriously, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

WJLA ABC 7’s team likewise performed and was joined by NASCAR driver and Childhelp’s Celebrity Ambassador, Paulie Harraka. Representing ABC 7—quite favorably, by the way—were Pamela Brown, Courtney Robinson, Doug Hill, and Mike Allen.

A new group hit the stage this year: The Scene Setters. This group comprised those in the know regarding all-things-D.C. Among the singers were Pamela Sorensen, Kiki Ryan, Kate Michael, Elizabeth Manresa, Stephanie Green, Hillary Howard, Matthew Cooper, and Joe Lockhart. They heartily rang out an admirable rendition of Sweet Home Alabama.

Another local notable hit the stage, but with talent that sounded less like CAREaoke and more like a true concert performance. Ward 2 Council Member Jack Evans sounded truly fabulous and could have surely left some wondering whether he should consider vocal performances when he next hits the campaign fundraising trail.

Rounding out the evening’s fun were performances by teams from Fox News and CNN. These groups sang their respective lungs out and took the child abuse fundraising efforts very seriously as they actively encouraged CAREaoke guests to up the ante with pledges through their BidPal handhelds. Ultimately, CNN took the title with a higher number of monetary pledges in their team’s honor, but make no mistake about the fact that Fox News will return next year ready to raise even more money and earn that CAREaoke title.

In all, the event was a huge success! And that success was certainly bolstered by the many generous guests in attendance, as well as by Heidi Kallett—owner of The Dandelion Patch—who took the stage with her "Patchettes" and "Patch People" to donate $15,000 to Childhelp.