College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 040118
News 9 APRIL 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Homes Sold 40 Average Sales Price $380,488 Average Price Per Sq Ft $205.42 Average Days on Market 63 Humility set aside for lung health fundraiser By Natalie Monzon Several College Park community and business leaders joined other local celebrities onstage March 7 to raise money for the American Lung Association. “Lip Sync for Lungs” took place in the SAK Comedy Club in downtown Orlando. Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society website, cancer.org. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths. Kathleen Skambis, College Park resident and lung cancer survivor, organized the event. “A lot of my friends have died [from lung cancer], so I got involved with the lung cancer association in 2007,” Skambis said. The event raised $13,129 as of mid- March. Online donations were welcome until the end of March via alase.ejoinme.org/ tickets-voting. The team that brought in the most donations would be named the Lip Sync for Lungs 2018 Champions. Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel’s political columnist, was the emcee for the event. He bantered with the contestants after each performance — particularly with co-worker Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel’s sports columnist. Bianchi performed “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger using a broom for a guitar. Each contestant performed songs onstage. Selections came from movies including “Pitch Perfect” and “Top Gun” or artists like Nancy Sinatra. Celebrity judges Ricky Ly, Melissa Arnold, and Jennifer Margrey rated participants on their overall performances. Carol Burkett, the executive director of the Orange County Drug Free Coalition, won the judges’ vote with her performance of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” The crowd cheered the loudest for Tony Sos — a civil trial lawyer and local bar leader — and his group. They won the Audience Favorite Award with their performance of skits and songs seen in the movie “Top Gun.” “Kathleen Skambis asked me to do this,” Sos said. “I very much admire her ability and her passion for continuing to fight the fight even after she beat cancer.” Many contestants participated in the event because they have lost loved ones to lung cancer. Nancy Robbinson, Orange County School Board member, decided to participate in the event because she lost her dear friend, Lisa Dukes, to lung cancer. Bob Dukes, husband of the late Lisa Dukes, was in the audience supporting his friends Robbinson and Skambis. “Lung cancer is a silent assassin, and by the time they diagnosed my wife, she was already in stage four,” Dukes said. “I have had several friends pass away from this disease and one really good friend last year, Matt Tavrides,” said Steve Gunter, owner of The Tap Room at Dubsdread. “And my friend Kathleen fought the disease and won, so I think that makes it a great cause because victories can be had.” Gunter and his team were in the lead for the champion’s title with over $4,000 in donations in mid-March. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 55 percent for cases detected when the disease is still localized. However, only 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage, according to the American Lung Association website, lung.org. “My father passed away from lung cancer a couple years ago, so I wanted to give back and help and try to find a cure one day,” said Ricky Ly, founder of the food blog TastyChomps.com. This is the first time this fundraiser has taken place in Orlando. Skambis is hoping to make this an annual event that continues to raise money to prevent lung disease. “I will absolutely be in the lip sync again next year, and we are gunning for Tony Sos,” Gunter said. PHOTOS BY NATALIE MONZON AND DEBBIE GOETZ Steve Gunter and the Tap Room dancers performed the “Treblemakers Finale” from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” Tony Sos and friends won the hearts of the audience with a medley of scenes from the movie “Top Gun.” Nancy Robbinson performed Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” with some backup from fellow school board members.