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Make-A-Wish Idol returns for fifth year

The competition will again include cash prizes for top contestants and be rounded out by silent auctions and raffles between performances.

"That's where we make most of our money," said Rosio.

The event relies heavily on donations from the community toward the auctions and raffles, which Rosio said she is now actively pursuing. The generosity she's seen in the last four years is something she hopes will continue this year, she said.

"It's just so amazing to me to see what people are willing to donate and do to help. I've had many of the same people coming to this event for the last four years," she said. "And, these aren't people who are flashing around thousands of dollars. These are regular people who probably don't have the money to be spending, but they do it to help. It's just a very powerful event."

There is no cost to watch Make-A-Wish Idol at Murphy's, though the cost to enter the competition is $10. Participating or watching, either way, Rosio said she'd like to see as many people turn out as possible.

"Even though Murphy's Tavern is a bar and restaurant, it is very much a family-oriented event," Rosio emphasized. "We actually usually get more children contestants than adults. We get lots of kids."

For more information about Make-A-Wish Idol, contact Rosio at 420-5372 or alyssarosio@yahoo.com.

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