2018 Rotarian Idol Finalists Selected

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2018 Rotarian Idol Contestants Selected and Ticket Sales Locations Announced

Hickory Rotary Club has announced the 20 contestants selected by a panel of judges to compete in the club’s annual musical fundraiser, Rotarian Idol. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Competing for $5,000 in total prize money will be:

Mary Elisabeth Ballard Mason Burr Serena Cain Skylar Calloway Taylor Edwards
Kayla Harper Mandi Johnson Lucas Kelly Sara King Autumn Kohnle
Emily Lafone Ketjuan Lafone Stephanie McClosky James Austin Medlin Shaunna Musacchio
Shaun Pearson Jairo Pereira Sara Ramseur Katherine Reese Kendra Setzer


First Place wins $2,500; Second Place $1,500; Third Place $500; and $500 is awarded to the Audience Favorite. Contestants will be judged by a panel of three music industry professionals for the top three prizes. The Audience Favorite will be determined by the audience’s vote at the event.

Hickory Rotary Club has hosted Rotarian Idol from 2010 -2017. In its ninth year, the 2018 event will be co-chaired by Rotarians Sandi Fotheringham and Lynn Loehr.

“A key factor to the growth of our community is a strong education system. This is the only fundraiser for our club and 100 percent of the money raised will be used to benefit educational needs throughout Catawba County,” said Fotheringham. “Our goal is to exceed the $70,000 raised last year through sponsorships, advertisements in the Show Program, and ticket sales,” she said.

For more information, visit www.hickoryrotary.org, or contact Sandi Fotheringham – 828.320.9429 or e-mail fotheringhamsa@hickoryschools.net ; Lynn Loehr – 828-310-7648 or e-mail lynnloehr48@gmail.com.

Ticket Sales Locations Announced

Tickets for this year’s event are $20. One child, 12 and under, admitted with each paying adult. Each ticket includes a coupon for a free oil change and filter at Mike Johnson’s Hickory Toyota. Tickets may be purchased from any Hickory Rotary Club member or at three convenient locations.

Purchase Tickets On-Line or at the Following Locations

Hickory Public Schools Administrative Offices 432 4th Ave SW in Hickory 828-322-2855
Hickory Community Theater 30 3rd Street NW (Downtown) 828-327-3855
Office Furniture USA 1427 2nd Street NE (Viewmont HWY 127) 828-345-6200

General Info

  • Meeting Time:
    Thursdays from 12:00PM to 1:15PM
  • Meeting Location:
    430 17th Avenue NW,
    Hickory, North Carolina 28601