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Support our very own dancing stars, and Soroptimists, too

January 8, 2016


Amid the regular program of entertaining charitable events in Wyobraska is a little something new. Soroptimists of Scotts Bluff County has decided to jettison their former “Bits N Beverages” annual January fundraiser and replace it with something that is bound to be an utter hoot: a “Dancing with the Stars”-esque contest.


First thing you should know: IF YOU GO TO THIS EVENT, IT DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO DANCE! Well, unless you want to, of course.

There is already a roster of noble volunteers lining up to participate in the dance competition, which will feature two dances: a waltz and a Latin dance. These volunteers include, thus far: Lanette & Ray Richards, Karen & John Carrington, Deb Carpenter-Nolting & Tim Nolting, Becky & Tom Horne, Rhonda & Kevin Spencer, Bev & Mark Overman, Tiann & Jordan Colwell, Libby & Tony Kaufman, Esther Benson & Jack Hollingsworth, Priscilla & Bronson Schliep, Amy & Clark Wisniewski, and Liz Hilyard & Ken Meyer.


Artist’s depiction of a possible dancer (photo actually from a fundraiser I attended years ago)

The second thing you should know: THE DETAILS OF THE EVENT

DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2016

TIME: 6: 30 p.m.

LOCATION: Gering Civic Center

COST: $30 per ticket, or get a discount by purchasing a pair of tickets ($50) or a reserved table ($200 for a roomy table for 8 people, whereas individuals or couples will be seated 10 at a table)

FOOD: “heavy” hors d’ouvres

DRINK: cash bar

DRESS: semi-formal

BRING MORE MONEY FOR: big-ticket live-auction items, and especially for voting for the dancers

That lat bit right there is the key to how this fundraiser will work. Instead of celebrity judges, YOU, THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS will vote with your dollars to determine which couple comes out the winner and earns the disco ball trophy. This means, of course, that the voting might wind up being based on factors other than strictly dancing ability, but that’s OK! It takes some of the pressure off the dancers!

Another fun detail: Tabor Dance Academy will be giving brief lessons to the volunteer dancers, and students of the Academy will provide additional entertainment, as will World Champion Tap Dancer Kyle Van Newkirk.

It will definitely be an entertaining evening!


Our local Soroptimist group, among other things: provides scholarships, runs a mentoring program for high school girls, and grants financial awards to local nonprofit organizations that help women and girls. Last year, recipients of these grant funds included: Doves, CAPWN, Delta Kappa Gamma Cradle Catcher, CAPstone, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Western Nebraska Community College GED program, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, and Life-Link Nebraska.

Some other factoids of varying levels of importance:

  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode of Dancing with the Stars.
  • My in-laws LOVE this show.
  • I am a member of this Soroptimist group, and I have tickets to sell. How about helping me fill out an “SCB Citizen” table (or two??) of fans of this blog?
  • If you don’t want to buy tickets from me, you can also get them at Gering Citizen, Gateway Realty, ABC Nursery, Platte Valley Bank (Circle Drive location), or pay removely with plastic by calling Jennifer Rogers at 308-765-0524.
  • We still need event sponsors and a few more dancers. You can also call Jennifer Rogers about that, at 308-765-0524.

So, who wants to join me for this event? (I am assuming Bugman will come with me!)

Copyright 2016 by Katie Bradshaw

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