Have you been staying home? Have you been singing? The entries are in and it is time to start voting in this year's "Stay Home and Sing" contest from Inspire Amarillo and the Fairly Group. Voting for the virtual video contest will be open to everyone from Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29 at midnight at InspireAmarillo.com.

In a new twist, along with the online voting, for each public vote that is cast, a group of community leaders will be donating $1 to help combat hunger related to the pandemic. Alex Fairly of the Fairly Group teamed up with Richard Ware, Jerry Hodge and Bill Gilliland to donate up to $100,000 to non-profits who are working to feed hungry kids and families during the pandemic. This is in addition to the top-five winning teams each getting $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

"The response was so big – we are expecting many votes - that we saw an opportunity for the Texas panhandle to make a big impact on the rest of Texas and the US.”

 

“The need to feed hungry children has increased substantially during this time while kids are not in school,” explained Hodge. “The public voting portion of the Stay Home And Sing contest gives our entire community an opportunity to give these organizations the support they need”.

 

“The four of us had a blast working together to help bring baseball to Amarillo and this was a natural extension of that effort.” said Ware.

Over 120 videos were submitted to InspireAmarillo.com with participants hailing from as far away as Thailand, Germany and Japan. A panel of Celebrity Judges, including Townsquare Media's 101.9 The Bull's Braden Smith, have determined the top-3 entries in each category to move forward to the final vote. Now, the public will decide who the winners will be. Once the top five vote-getters are determined, one of the groups will be declared the overall winner and will perform at the Sod Poodles 2020 Opening Day Game.