Hosting its inaugural We Care-aoke event last weekend, Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County (CRPC) raised more than $33,000 to be used toward the nonprofit's 2020 programming — including the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network, which helps connect neighbors and promote a culture of caring in the county and the We Care. Campus Initiative throughout the Shawnee Public Schools District and Pleasant Grove.

Hosting its inaugural We Care-aoke event last weekend, Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County (CRPC) raised more than $33,000 to be used toward the nonprofit's 2020 programming — including the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network, which helps connect neighbors and promote a culture of caring in the county and the We Care. Campus Initiative throughout the Shawnee Public Schools District and Pleasant Grove.

In the role of Master of Ceremonies, local musician Justin Robbins kept attendees on their toes and well-informed as the night went on, challenging guests to sing or dance along as he hosted the evening.

“Community Renewal is doing huge things for Pottawatomie County, and I am so proud to have been a part of such a wonderful event,” Robbins said.

The sold-out crowd experienced a night full of musical bingo, a catered southern barbecue buffet, and pay-to-sing karaoke.

“Our biggest hope for this first year of throwing an event like We Care-aoke was that everyone would have a great time and want to come back next year,” CRPC Communications Coordinator Erica Bass said. “We definitely met and exceeded that goal! It was incredible fun for all who attended, but also an effective fundraiser for our organization.”