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'Idol' Contestant Phillip Phillips

Hometown Scrimps to Send

Family to Hollywood

3/18/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"American Idol" finalist Phillip Phillips’ family can't afford to watch him perform live in Hollywood -- so his hometown in Georgia is banding together ... to raise money to send 'em there ... TMZ has learned.

According to sources, it costs about $3,000 to fly out Phillip's family from Leesburg, GA to Los Angeles -- and the Phillipses simply can't afford to make the trip ... despite their son making it to the finals.

But the good citizens of Leesburg, GA have trying their best to help out ... throwing fundraisers every Wednesday -- where at least 15 merchants donate a percentage of their profits from that day ... to help the family make the trip to tinseltown.
 
The events are so popular -- Mayor Jim Quinn named 'em ‘Phillip Phillips’ Wednesdays’ ... and even gave Phillips’ family a key to the town.

Sources tell TMZ -- people from all over are eager to donate ... townsfolk ... tourists off the street ... and even fans as far as Florida are mailing in checks.

Of course, anything sounds awesome when you have kidney stones.

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Phreaky    

Personally, I'm really tired of the sob stories on AI.

856 days ago
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maddmommie    

That is a nice gesture to make but does the town go through that much trouble for a family that has lost everything due to fire, illness, or unexpected death? DO they do out of their way to help the child dying of cancer or with horrible burns and the family cannot afford medical expenses? Seems to me something like that would be just as important as sending a family to L. A.

856 days ago
18.

John    

Who gets Phillip when it's all over?

856 days ago
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Christy    

It would be nice if a link was posted to make donations to this cause. I would be happy to throw in a few bucks. (and no wise ass posters...not to your bank accounts! LOL!)

856 days ago
20.

R    

AI should take care of both parents entire expenses if they are both available or if just one is available.

856 days ago
21.

Woot    

Go, P2!

856 days ago
22.

Salingers Ghost    

The exposure for Phillip is definitely going to bring in some pretty good money for himself (and thus his family). I think things are definitely looking up for the Phillips'. And hopefully the ugliness is behind us on "American Idol" and the performances will improve now that we're down to the Top 10. I'm thinking Heejun is the next to go - though Billy Joel week could be shaky for Hollie. Here's a prediction on how the Top 10 will finish...
http://mankabros.com/blogs/vidar/2012/03/19/american-idol-season-11-top-10/

855 days ago
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Oogababy Buggy Bumper    

Except for his looks(he should do porno) he has no chance at winning! Very poor attempt as a Steve Matthews copy! His parents should take the money the town raises for them to go and put it into lottery tickets. More realistic help for their no talent pp son and Makes For A Fun Scandal! If their success as parents financially is any indication, their pp son PP is doomed as well. It's poor white trash DNA.

854 days ago
24.

rick doyle    

phil u need to do "box of rain "by the grateful dead
its never bin done and i know u could pull it off.peace friend i vote phil

851 days ago
25.

Jan    

Phillip should sing Whiskey in the Jaro!! :)

838 days ago
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So Cal Sophie     

That's sweet! Phillips dad is so proud it brings tears to my eyes

790 days ago
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