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The announcments are coming SOON! The committee is hard at work pouring over 120 videos and making the arduous decisions needed to select the top performers for the upcoming 815 Rising Stars talent show. Announcements will be made mid-day on Monday and emails will be sent out no later than 11 a.m. to all contestants letting them know if they were selected or not. 

Set your calendars to watch the top acts in the 815 Rising Stars virtual talent show at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27 at goldenappleofrockford.com. We've put together an exciting pre-show that will begin promptly at 6:30 and includes Rockford Legends, Emily Bear, Jodi Beach, Harlan Jefferson, Chris Brady, Alonzo Russell and Rockford's poet laureate, Christine Swanberg. They include special shout outs to the contestants and community during each performance.  

Anyone can vote for their favorite acts beginning at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 and running through March 6. The individual acts will be available to view and vote for as many times as you like for that entire week. Daily vote tallies will be posted each day by 9 a.m.

This event funds Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants, that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Wendy's, with additional sponsorship support from Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment, Redd Insurance Group, and WTVO/Fox 39. Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence. Reach out to Golden Apple Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with questions.