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Rumors Pub to host 6th annual Make-A-Wish fundraising event for 17-year-old boy

April 19, 2018

POCATELLO — Rumors Pub will host its sixth annual Rumors Make-A-Wish Luau on Saturday.

This year all the proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly to Make-A-Wish Idaho to grant a wish for 17-year-old Jayden from Driggs and other Make-A-Wish Idaho children.

Jayden is battling stage 4 Thyroid cancer.

Jayden’s wish is to go to Hawaii where he can take a helicopter ride over a volcano, go zip-lining and snorkeling, and see a lot of sea turtles.

After being approached by a customer six years ago about hosting an event to help raise money for Make-A-Wish Idaho, Kris Miner, owner of Rumors Pub, started with a small event that has now grown into numerous fundraising events throughout the year.

Those events include a fishing derby, golf tournament, garage sale and the luau.

“I like the concept of Make-A-Wish,” Miner said. “It’s really for the kids.”

The fundraiser will begin at 1 p.m. at Rumors Pub at 2227 Garrett Way in Pocatello.

There will be barbecue pulled pork with salads and desserts for $10 a plate, a raffle, and a live auction with many items including massage packages, gift baskets, a TV and sound bar, a custom guitar and much more.

The live auction featuring auctioneer Drew Deighton will begin at 2 p.m.

The largest auction item is a 2005 Mercury Marquis that was donated by R&J Auto of Pocatello.

Miner and her committee members have already secured a $3,000 donation from ON Semiconductor as well as $2,000 from a garage sale they hosted in March.

“It’s amazing to see the community come together,” Miner said. “Every year each event has gotten better and better and better.”

Since the first year of hosting the Make-A-Wish fundraising events, Rumors Pub has raised more than $56,000, all of which have gone directly to Make-A-Wish Idaho.

According to Miner, every child’s wish costs about $6,000, which includes the travel arrangements for the child as well as immediate family members.

“It’s pretty awesome to see the amount of compassion that people have and their willingness to share their money,” said Shirley Lawson, Rumors Make-A-Wish committee member.

Miner insists that she doesn’t deserve all the credit for their success.

“More and more people just wanted to help,” Miner said. “It takes our whole committee to make this happen. It’s not just me. I simply started hosting the event at the bar.”

If you are unable to attend the event, Rumors Pub is always accepting cash donations.

For more information about the luau on Saturday or donating to Make-A-Wish Idaho, contact Miner at 208-251-2270.

“Please come at 1 p.m. and bring your money,” Lawson said.