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Red Cross seeks ‘idol’ voices
March 17, 2011 Jerry Purvis   

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The Greater Nebraska Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for local talent for their second annual Oregon Trail Gering Idol Contest.

The Oregon Trail Lounge in Gering has agreed to host the second annual “idol” contest on Thursday, March 24 starting at 7:30 p.m.
“Registration starts at 7 p.m. and we’re limiting it to the first 15 contestants,” said event coordinator Jill McFarland. “It should be great fun and a chance for people to showcase their singing talent.”
Voting for the three finalists after the first round will be done by money raised, with a dollar counting for a vote. McFarland said each singer will have a donation jar, so they’re encouraged to bring friends and family for support.

“We’ll have some nice trophies for the three finalists so they can place them on a mantle or in the office,” McFarland said. “Last year, we had some incredible singers participate. I think the winner could have done well on the American Idol contest.”

She said last year’s contestants ranged in age from 25 to 75 and the contest was a lot of fun for everyone who attended. “We’re looking for a packed house this year, as I know there are a lot of excellent singers in our community and they have a lot of support.”

McFarland said they hope to raise $1,000 for the Red Cross during this event. The funds will help local people in need. Whenever tragedy or natural disaster strikes, volunteers from the Red Cross are there to help get things back to normal.

Dating back to 1881, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization.

“If this is like last year, it’s a great time for both the contestants and the public who like to listen to good music,” McFarland said. “Plus, they’re supporting a great cause that does so much good for the community when the need is greatest.”




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