Lip Sync Battle - Applause for a Cause - Championship Round

Welcome to United Way of Onslow County’s Lip Sync Battle – Applause for a Cause!  We are excited for this fundraising event that will bring various industry leaders together for a night of fun and fundraising. The Championship Battle of the year will take place:

Friday, December 2, 2022
                                         @ The Angry Ginger                                                                                    1202 Gum Branch Rd.                               Jacksonville, NC 28540

Doors will open at 5pm with competition starting at 7pm.  There will be three champions for the night of entertainment.

Contact Lisa

Contact Lisa to reserve your table.


Applause for the Cause rules:

  • There is no actual singing allowed in the LipSync Battle.
  • Contestants can dress up, bring props, and solicit help from family and friends as back-up singers, props etc.
  • Contestants must perform two songs with a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 4 minutes.
  • In case of a tie, the contestants will perform a head to head battle with the song “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.
  • All songs and performances must be in good taste.  No burlesque or obscene gestures.

The fundraising will be done in a multitude of facets:

  • The winner of the “People’s Choice” Award will be determined by “votes” from the audience at the event or website through monetary donations.  Each contestant will have a link through the United Way website for family and friends to contribute a vote.  Each dollar contributed will equate to one vote. The most money raised will receive the “People’s Choice” Award.
  • The “Syncey” Award will be presented to the best performer which is determined by three judges.
  • Ticket sales will also contribute to the fundraising. Tables seating four will sell at a cost of $150.
  • A silent Auction will also be on site.



Deunta Williams is native to Jacksonville NC. Deunta is an UNC at Chapel Hill Football All-American, Entrepreneur and Author. He owns Bring It On Esports, the newest entertainment here in Jacksonville.

Deunta is an active member of the community. He serves as a Board of Director for the Brigade Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the Jacksonville-Onslow Civic Affairs Committee.




Resilient and kind-hearted, Katrina Carrington is a marine veteran with strong family values and a love for people. She is a savvy entrepreneur and community service advocate who uses her growing platform for good. The New York native joined the marine corps in 1994 where she went on to graduate from Campbell University with a Master's degree in business and accounting. She eventually planted roots in the Jacksonville, NC area where she now has resided for almost 30 years. Her love for numbers and fashion led her to open her public accounting firm, Katrina Carrington, CPA, PLLC where she educates business owners and professionals on financial literacy and regulation. Additionally, she created The Unique Bee Boutique where she makes available trendy and stylish fashion apparel and accessories nationwide. Fueled by her love for the community, Katrina volunteers in many nonprofit organizations in various capacities. She currently serves on the Onslow Memorial Foundation board, as well as through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she is the treasurer and chairs both the finance committee as well as the Economic Impact committee. Her volunteerism expands to working alongside the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Community College, and United Way on various projects that benefit the underserved and military community. A loving mother of three handsome sons, Brian, Miles, and Christopher and supportive wife of 25 years to retired marine Damion Carrington, her family unity is what keeps her grounded in staying true to her roots and serving others with compassion. 



Cowanda Bazile is the franchise owner of Express Employment Professionals staffing agency in Jacksonville, North Carolina since 2017 and recently opened a satellite office in New Bern, North Carolina. Cowanda serves the community by helping as many people as possible find good jobs. She sits on the Board of Directors for Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development and is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee.

Cowanda is a native of Simmesport, Louisiana and retired from active duty on 30 June 2015 at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Cowanda is married to Randy Bazile Jr of 25 years, and they have two beautiful and talented daughters, Brianna and Kameron.