• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

NEA Sings raises thousands for local non-profits

Updated: Apr 12


NORTHEAST ARKANSAS- The United Way of Northeast Arkansas recently wrapped up it’s second annual NEA Sings fundraiser.


United Way staff and NEA Sings organizers call the virtual fundraiser a win, win, as it raised near $50,000 that will be put back into helping communities across the region.


“Not only does it highlight great talent, it is also a great way to raise money for United Way,” says organizer Teresa Roche.


Roche says the virtual competition featured 48 singers and bands with local affiliations. NEA Sings just concluded after kicking off in February.


Chance Bowen came in second while Caleb Flannery placed third with Piggott native Megan Johnson winning it all. She took home one thousand dollars and will headline the Downtown Jonesboro Barbecue Fest.


“It was a really close call there at the end when we got down to the final two. I know we were watching it and we had some big donations come in for Megan up until the last few minutes of the voting process, so it really was neck and neck,” Roche said when talking about Johnson.


Contestants compete head-to-head creating songs and videos online while fans could support their favorite musician by voting. Each vote equaled a one-dollar donation to United Way.


In total, $49,306 raised by the competition will be invested back into northeast Arkansas communities.


“They will go to multiple nonprofits. We will have a process that the nonprofits apply to us, and we go through [the] United Way committee goes through the vetting process and then we designate those funds according to the need and the money we have allocated toward them.”


Roche says they plan to host NEA Sings again next year.



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