Over two decades ago, there was a similar singing competition called Fabulous 15. The audience paid admission and submitted a single vote for their favorite performer. Years later, students in the choir got together and created the Baldwin Idol concept to make it more of an entertaining event where all of the singers set aside their competitive natures and focus more on raising awareness for non-profit organizations and individuals who need our help.
How does it work?
At Baldwin Idol, each singer chooses a charity. Admission is free, but the audience members cast votes through donations toward their favorite singer's cause. The singer with the most money wins a $50 gift card and the opportunity for all of the donations to go the charity they chose. Baldwin Idol has become more of an entertaining evening to use music to bolster the funds raised.
Why is it important for students to raise money for charity?
It is important that students experience the intrinsic benefits of supporting charities such as the ones recognized at Baldwin Idol. The Choir students sponsor multiple charitable events including winter and spring concert food drives, Gifts of Dance- which has raised thousands for Children’s Hospital, and the Annual Piano Recital that has raised money for groups such as the Pittsburgh Zoo, Baldwin’s Partners Music, and more. Research shows that being involved in charities improves your sense of well-being, social connection, and happiness. What is greater than using your talent to have fun & make a difference in the lives of those who are in need?
Emily Schessler, who sang "How Far I'll Go" won with the single most donations. The charity she chose was the 1Six Foundation, a non-profit in honor of Ty Kesten that works to promote awareness of how short and precious life is.
Who were the judges?
Dr. Harrold, Baldwin High School English educator. Mr. Chris Reilsono, Baldwin High School Social Studies educator. And Mr. Gerry Hall, Baldwin High School guidance counselor.
Tell us about the money that was raised?
Parents, students, and teachers donated over $1000.00 at the event.
Reflecting on the event?
There were 13 high school singers on the stage, some of which have never sung in front of such a large audience. The three teachers who volunteered as judges were hilarious and quirky as they delicately and creatively critiqued the singers on their singing and song choices. I am always inspired by the enthusiasm of students who volunteer not out of selfish ambition, but in humility they value others above themselves.