Molly Jones' background is largely in banking, but she added a new flavor to her resume Saturday evening in Newberry Hall, as the top finisher in a lip-sync contest run by the Aiken Downtown Development Association.
The "Night of Frolic and Fun" fundraiser had Jones in costume and performing to the sounds of Dolly Parton ("Islands in the Stream," complete with a life-sized cutout of Kenny Rogers) and Whitesnake ("Here I Go Again").
Her fellow "battlers," entertaining a crowd estimated at 215, included Sean Alford, Gail Diggs, Mike Stake, Dexter Price, Ahmed Samaha, Christian Judy and Matt Steelman, with acts based on songs by such performers as Tina Turner, Al Green, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Queen.
Jones, SRP Federal Credit Union's assistant vice president of business deposit services, confirmed she had a substantial supporting cast in her presentation of Whitesnake's heavy-metal song from the 1980s.
"I brought in a bunch of my friends and family to help make it a production," she said. "We pulled it all together and we did it very similar to the video ... The only thing we were missing was the girls dancing on the cars."
Her crew ("pretty incredible," as one spectator described it) included sons Sam, 15, and Luke 12, as well as friend Reed McClain, 12, all simulating keyboard duty. "Guitarists" included Cassie Cagle and Nicole Simmons, and dancers were Blaire Vaughn and Maddie McClain, with choreography by Julie McClain.
Jones said she was pleased to honor a request by Haley Knight, ADDA's executive director, to support the event, and noted that both she (Jones) and Knight are participants in Leadership Aiken County. ADDA is described in promotional material as "an organization made up of members and volunteers who all work ... to improve the economic vitality, enhance the beauty and preserve the historical inheritance" of downtown Aiken. Details are at aikendda.us.