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Groups invited to participate in SHS class of 2009 fundraising event

Those wishing to sing their heart out and show their musical talent are invited to "Battle of the Rock Bands" to be held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Saturday, June 7.

Groups of all ages are invited to participate in the musical fundraising event, which is an opportunity for community members to perform musical numbers ranging from classics to today's sounds, according to Lisa DeRuyter.

She said any group of four people or more can perform for an entry fee of $15. "I would like to see members of a medical office, firefighters or teachers take the opportunity to be kids again," she stated.

DeRuyter got the idea to hold the fundraiser from her daughter, who is currently attending Central Washington University. She said the university hosts similar events, and her daughter has told her of the excitement generated by them.

"It's similar to Guitar Hero, but it is called Rock Band and the program comes with the X-Box 360," said DeRuyter, stating the equipment was provided at-cost by Yakima's Best Buy.

A list of songs is available on the event's website (http://shs.rockband.angelfire.com), and they include Metallica's "Enter Sandman," "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult, "Date with the Night" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and much more.

DeRuyter said a group can choose the song they wish to perform for the program and will be judged in four categories, including appearance, skill (scored by program), style and groupies. She said the groupies, or fans, can bring signs in show of support for a particular group.

Groups can sign up in the Sunnyside High School main office or at the door. "Registration begins at 6 p.m.," DeRuyter noted, stating she believes most will choose to sign up on the night of the fundraiser.

If proven successful, more events of the same nature will be offered throughout the summer.

"Ultimately," DeRuyter said, "I just want the public to know the event is intended to be a community event...open to everyone."

General admission for the event is $3 for students with identification and $5 for adults. Children under the age of 5-years-old will get in free and must be supervised.

The June 7 event will be held at 7 p.m., and all proceeds benefit the class of 2009 senior party.

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