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CAASA Idol March 8

Funds to help victims of abuse and sexual assault

February 7, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

It was a huge success the first time, and this year promises to be just as big when the second annual CAASA Idol comes to the Estherville VFW Saturday, March 8.

CAASA, or Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault, provides crisis services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Palo Alto and Sac counties in northwest Iowa.

Michelle Howing, Emmet County victim witness coordinator who's also heading up the event, said there will be a dinner followed by the show. Tickets will be available starting Saturday, July 8 at Simply Unique in downtown Estherville or from any committee member.

Committee members are:

n Phyllis Martens.

n Chris Snyder.

n Jennifer Bennett Finn.

n Deb Weston.

n Kim Koenck.

n Tim Blaise.

n Melanie Bauler.

n Michelle Howing.

This year's judges are:

n Tim Blaise (last year's winner).

n Tim Schumacher.

n Susan Reiter.

n Billie James.

Dinner with pork loin and chicken entrees starts at 6 p.m. with the show at 7. Tickets are $20.

Entertainers receive a free T-shirt and admission to the event. Some of the entertainers so far include:

n Denise Leal and Dee McDonald (duet).

n Jeff Hanson.

n Angie Rezac.

n Serena Lynch.

n Mark Howell.

n Paige Stoliker.

n Scarlett Guillen-Rose.

There will also be many local celebrity servers, including:

n Tatum Truog.

n Penny Swanson.

n Sheriff Mike Martens.

n Chris Fuhrman.

n Blair Martyr.

n Jen Sievert.

n Denise Christensen.

n Kristy Studer.

n Shannon Lemkuhl.

n Eric Anderson.

Celebrity bartenders are Brett Shatto and Tricia Rembold.

Sponsor donations are also sought. They include:

n Director - $250.

n Producer - $150.

n Agent - $100.

The Emmet County Board of Supervisors donated this year's trophy.

Anyone who would like to be a sponsor or donate raffle items can call Howing at (712) 209-2965.

Raffle tickets will be available for some great prizes and a silent auction will also be held.

Howing urges anyone interested in attending to register early. Last year's event, which raised $10,000, sold out at 250 tickets and 300 tickets are available this year.

"It's a great time," said Howing. "We hope to see a lot of people there. It's a good cause."



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