Rotarian Idol 2018 Dates Announced

Written by Bruce on . Posted in Weekly Programs

January 15, 2018

Headline:  Ninth Annual “ROTARIAN IDOL” Announced; Auditions Set.

      Hickory, NC – The Thursday Rotary Club of Hickory has announced dates for its musical fundraiser, “ROTARIAN IDOL”.  The event will be held Saturday, March 24, at 7:00 pm in PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Last year’s winner was our own, Johnny White, a graduate of HCAM (Hickory Career & Arts Magnet School).  At the time of this release, Johnny has made it through several auditions for the returning American Idol show, and we hope he will be going to Hollywood!  Could you be next??

Auditions will be held at The SALT Block Auditorium Thursday, February 1, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 3, 30, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  There is no limit on age or place of residence; however, professional singers (those who made $600 or more in 2017) will not be allowed to audition.

A $5 entry fee is required.

A total of 20 contestants will be chosen to compete for $5,000 in total prize money.  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. The 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 and other International projects that Rotary supports,” 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  or contact Sandi Fotheringham – 828.320.9429 ; Lynn Loehr – 828.310.7648

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