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Make-A-Wish Idol raises total of $19,500

PERU The Make-A-Wish Idol Fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York may have started with a goal of $10,000, but that was already met after just the fourth week. We ended the competition at $19,500 raised, said Alyssa Rosio of Absolute TNA Entertainment. Of that, Rosio said $1,850 was held for prize money and $17,650 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This more than doubled our total from last year, she said. The final evening was just a great way to end eight great weeks (of the competitions), Rosio added. Everyone who attended the event this year was really about Make-A-Wish and about us raising as much money as possible. This was the second Make-A-Wish Idol that she and partner, Tony Deyoe had organized and held at Murphys Tavern in Peru. We had several families that attended every single week, even after they had already qualified for the finals, Rosio said. She said they owed a special Thank you to Russell Brothers of Brothers Quality Construction for giving them a sponsorship check for $1,000 during the second week. Russell also attended the event and supported us in the raffles and auctions every single week. She also acknowledged Marie Dubuque for making quilts for the auctions every single week, which generated about $2,000 more. Make-A-Wish judges, Damie Durgan, Bethany Lattrell, Courtney Bombard, Jana Deyoe, and Melissa Whisher were noted for dedicating eight weeks of their time and for donations. Rosio was also grateful to Brandy Bishop and the staff at the GAP for volunteering to help sell tickets every week of the event, as well as Auntie Anne's in the Champlain Centres Mall for selling $1,000 worth of Make-A-Wish Bubbles. Rosio said Chip and Stephanie Blair and the staff at Murphy's worked very hard during the two-month long event. And, last but not least we cant say enough about all of the singers and spectators that came and supported us each and every week, Rosio said. Bill Trigg, CEO of of the Northern NY Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation had the pleasure of attending the final night. I want to thank not only Tony and Alyssa, and Chip and Stephanie of Murphys, but the entire community as well, Trigg said. I was extremely impressed with the support and the outstanding efforts of all involved, as well as the courtesy and respect shown by the crowd during each and every performance. Kudos to all, Trigg said. The money raised will certainly help us with our goal of granting 80 wishes by the end of August, he added. Ten-15 of those wishes are from children in the North Country region, which encompasses Clinton, Essex, Franklin and the northern part of Hamilton counties, he said. Make-A-Wish Idol winners are as follows: 1st Place $1,000 Ashley Cross, 2nd Place $500 Andrew West, 3rd Place $250 Precious LaFountain, Children's Winner $50 Saving's Bond, Summer Gillesppe. All of the adult winners donated a portion of their winnings, which was another $250, back to the cause. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation visit www.wish.org.

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