In addition to increasing awareness of Sinai Health System's services, Sounds of Sinai is expected to raise $250,000 or more during the next 12–18 months, Frankel says. Funds raised will be earmarked for the hospitals greatest needs, according to the website.
Since the site launched just one week ago, Frankel says it is too early to really gauge results. But a quick look at the homepage shows that the top performing song, The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" seemingly performed by hospital staff at a function, has raised $942.
The next highest performing, "You Better Shape Up" from the Grease movie soundtrack has raised $427 to date. And in third place is Tony Lucca's "Love Light," which has pulled in $275 already.
Some videos make you glad the cameras weren't rolling the last time you were at a karaoke bar, but a few actually show sparks of talent, and all are entertaining. But the site is meant to showcase more than the singing voices of Sinai's staff, patients, and patient advocates. Magic Johnson's rendition of "My Girl" is holding steady at $156.