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GRAND RAPIDS’ HOTTEST TALENT COLLABORATE TO BENEFIT MAKE-A-WISH®

February 22, 2007 - An Aquinas College student organization, AQ STARS for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan - which supports wish-granting for children with life-threatening medical conditions – is pleased to announce their second annual event, "A Cabaret for Wishes," an evening of entertainment featuring more than 20 of Grand Rapids’ finest entertainers, set to take place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center.

AQ STARS is a student organization in its second year of existence at Aquinas College. Since last year’s inaugural event, the group has been anxiously planning the 2007 cabaret with a goal of at least doubling the $2,500 that was raised for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation in 2006.

The evening’s roster of performances consists of sisters Cici and Ellie Gramer, who will perform together. No strangers to the stage, both were nominated in the 2006 Grand Award category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, with younger sister Ellie bringing home the honors for her performance in Circle Theatre’s Oliver! Currently, Cici is appearing in Nunsense at The B.O.B. Another sure-to-be-memorable performance will feature the unlikely yet charming pair of seasoned performer Lynne Brown-Tepper and thirteen year-old Maggie Nye, who will reunite on stage for the first time since appearing together in Nine at Circle Theatre in 2005. In addition, selections will light up the stage throughout the evening by Kathy Wagner, Justine Klein, Noddea Moore, Matt Tepper, Jordon Hudson, Ashli Roberts, Andy Schneider, and many more local performers. As guests enjoy the intimate ambiance featuring the evening’s performances which will also include a special guest performance by a former Make-A-Wish recipient, they will be hosted by repeat emcees Christopher Grooms, local actor and Aquinas College student, and Miss Michigan Angela Corsi, co-founder of the very first college STARS for Make-A-Wish chapter at Michigan State University. There will also be complimentary snacks and beverages following the show, and a merchandise table with several Make-A-Wish items, including the signature event shirt which is available for $10.

An anonymous donor and the Aquinas College Student Senate serve as sponsors for the event, and the AQ STARS group hopes to generate enough funds from the cabaret to underwrite the wish of one West Michigan child.

Tickets go on sale beginning February 12 at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Call the box office at (616) 456-6656 or stop by between noon-5:00 p.m. weekdays. Ticket prices are $17 for the general public and $9 for students with a valid student I.D. Individuals who would like to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® as a Wish Angel by sponsoring a student ticket, please contact Noddea Moore at aqstars@aquinas.edu; the generosity of these donors will be noted in the event program.