Area stars will be shining Saturday, March 9 with the first-ever Emmet County Friends of CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault) Idol 2013 dinner and show at the Estherville VFW banquet hall.
Proceeds from the event will go toward helping Emmet County victims of abuse and sexual assault.
Dinner will start at 6 p.m. with the show at 7 p.m. and music and dancing to follow. Tickets are $15.
Michelle Howing, Emmet County victims witness coordinator, said she and Kim Koenck started Friends of CAASA in response to cutbacks in assistance for programs for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Howing said it was the late Barb Blaise, former owner of Treats To Treasures, who came up with the CAASA Idol concept.
Local public figures will serve as judges along with a star guest emcee. There will also be celebrity bartenders and waitresses with tips going to CAASA. All local talent is encouraged to enter. Contestants receive a free T-shirt and meal. There is no entry fee for talent and a trophy goes to the winner.
Darci Farnum will have a photo booth and Mike Eggers of Midnight Express is offering transportation services for anyone needing a ride. Rob Catlin of Mustang Entertainment will be donating DJ services.
Local businesses are also encouraged to donate toward the raffle and silent auction. Contestants and event supporters are encouraged to contact Howing at (712) 209-2965, Koenck at (712) 209-1958, Michelle Jacobson or any CAASA committee members. Dinner/show tickets are available at Simply Unique in Estherville or from any of the above committee members. Anyone who would like to help with the event is also encouraged to contact anyone on the committee.
Howing said anyone who is interested is encouraged to join the Emmet County Friends of CAASA.
She also encourages everyone to check out their Facebook page that will be coming up soon.