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Make-A-Wish Idol returns for fifth year

PERU - It's an event that's been five years in the making.

Make-A-Wish Idol will celebrate its fifth anniversary as it returns to Murphy's Tavern in two weeks. The event, which raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, has raised thousands of dollars to help grant wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Alyssa Rosio, owner of Absolute Entertainment DJ and Karaoke Services, Au Sable Forks, said she got the idea for the contest after participating in a similar event modeled after the popular Fox television show American Idol.

"I had a lot of fun as a spectator and a contestant, so I wanted to try and do it," said Rosio. "And, it's just grown every year."

The first year Make-A-Wish Idol was held at Murphy's, the competition raised $8,000. However, the event's largest year was its third, when nearly $20,000 was raised in 2008.

That's what Rosio kept in mind when this year's event almost didn't happen. Traditionally, Make-A-Wish Idol is held in the spring but, due to other obligations, Rosio wasn't able to host the event earlier this year.

"As the year wandered on, I was trying to decide whether or not to still [host the event]," said Rosio.

"But, then I thought about how that's a big chunk of funding they're going to miss out on if we don't do something."

Though Rosio had hoped to hold the event in April, she's still optimistic there will be a good turnout during this time of year.

"Whatever we raise is more than they had, is how I look at it," said Rosio.

Ultimately, Rosio decided the event will live on this year, though in an abbreviated format. Instead of making Make-A-Wish Idol an eight-week event, the competition will be held for four weeks, every Friday at 6:30 p.m. from Oct. 15-Nov. 5.

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