"American Idol" finalist Anoop Desai is home in Chapel Hill after a Top 6 finish on the hit TV show.
Desai will meet with fans from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Robert's Lounge at the Franklin Hotel, according to a releease from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau. Then on Monday both UNC and the town of Chapel Hill have declared “Anoop Day.”
From 5:30 to 7 p.m. a reception will be hosted by the General Alumni Association at the Carolina Club. Chancellor Holden Thorp will express his thanks to Desai on behalf of the university. Doug Dibbert, President of General Alumni Association, will speak on behalf of GAA. The event is open to the public.
“At the reception, his friends and family will speak briefly about Anoop, outlining the ‘Idol’ journey and what a great friend he is to so many,” friend Chris Melly said in the release.
At 7 p.m., Desai will head to Chapel Hill Town Hall where Mayor Kevin Foy and the Chapel Hill Town Council will present a proclamation declaring May 4 "Anoop Day in Chapel Hill" and hand Desai a key to the city.
Buttons and posters congratulating Anoop have been produced by the Visitors Bureau, a marketing agency funded by Orange County and the town of Chapel Hill.
“These are free and we want all businesses to display these posters and wear the buttons,” said Laurie Paolicelli, director. Residents and business owners may stop by the office at 501 W. Franklin St. for buttons and posters. Or call 968-2060.