Aldergrove Idol a tribute to lost friend

From left: Shawn Wasylkiewicz and Kraig Wenman, along with Gail Macklin (right), mother of Darren Macklin, recently presented a $500 award in memory of Macklin to this year
From left: Shawn Wasylkiewicz and Kraig Wenman, along with Gail Macklin (right), mother of Darren Macklin, recently presented a $500 award in memory of Macklin to this year's winner, Nick Vandergoes. Aldergrove Idol, a July 12 karaoke night, will raise funds toward future academic awards to be given in Macklin's memory.
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Who will be the next … Aldergrove Idol?

It could be anyone, but to find out whether they have what it takes, stout-hearted singers will have to step up to the microphone inside the Aldergrove Legion later this month and take part in a night of song and dance.

All of it is in memory of a Langley man who died five years ago in a car crash.

Aldergrove Idol, which organizer Kraig Wenman describes as “a straight out karaoke contest” will happen on Saturday, July 12.

“There will be some drunken talent, of course,” he said, “but also some lead singers of bands. It will be a real competition.”

There will be prizes for the best vocalist and for the best costume, so Wenman is hoping people will come dressed as their favourite decade in music.

And, of course, there will be dancing.

Tickets are $20 each and all the proceeds from the night will go toward the Darren Macklin Memorial Spirit Award.

The $500 scholarship is given each year to a D.W. Poppy student   in memory of Macklin, who died in a car accident on 264 Street on the way home from work in 2009.

Macklin, Wenman and another friend, Shawn Wasylkiewicz, all met the on the first day of Grade 8 at Poppy and the trio remained friends for 20 years until Macklin was killed.

The event is going to sell out soon, said Wenman, who estimated last Thursday, that he had only about 40 tickets left.

The group’s last big fundraiser, a Mardi Gras night held two years ago, were gone two weeks before the event, he added.

In addition to the singing competition, there will be a silent auction, and a 50/50 draw.

Organizers have a number of great prizes already, Wenman said, including a two-night stay at a condo in Kelowna.

They’ve also received donations from vineyards and pubs, but are still looking for more items.

“Nothing is too small. Even a $10 gift certificate can be added to a bigger basket,” he said.

For tickets, email aldergroveidol@gmail.com.

Organizers are willing to deliver tickets within a reasonable distance, or they can be reserved and picked up.

The Aldergrove Legion is located at 26607 Fraser Hwy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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