By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2013
Gus Ramirez and his partner, Danielle Doubet, practice their tango as the two prepare for the Dancing with the Stars Rogers County next month. The duo will be representing Volunteers for Youth in the competition, which will host 12 different non-profit agencies in Rogers County.
Dancers will be jiving, swinging and tangoing their way across the Robson Performing Arts Center stage on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. as part of “A Celebration of Helping Others: Dancing with the Stars of Rogers County.”
Co-sponsored by the Claremore Reveille Rotary Club and RCB Bank, the event will feature dance couples representing several non-profit Rogers County agencies.
The event, according to Dr. Richard Mosier, has a two-fold purpose. “We want to bring recognition to some agencies in our county that are not widely recognized for the good they do in the community. They are the real stars,” says Mosier, who is spearheading the event, along with members of the Reveille Rotary Club. “It will give those agencies exposure and perhaps promote a feeling of unity to the broader community.”
The Claremore Reveille Rotary Club’s role in the event is a reflection of the members’ commitment to community service. “As an organization dedicated to helping others, we assist locally with college scholarships, the Dictionary for 3rd Grader project throughout Rogers County, along with other area projects. Part of the proceeds from the event will help fund our ongoing projects.”
“Sometimes people find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and need help,” he adds. “The non-profits who will be participating in Dancing with the Stars go out and do their thing to help others and not everyone knows the role they play in bringing our community together.”
Dancing with the Stars – Rogers County style – will showcase couples representing the following agencies: Volunteers for Youth, Claremore Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rogers County Adult Day Care, Rogers County Literacy Council, Tri-County CASA, William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, Healthy Community Partnerships, Claremore Public Schools Foundation, Safenet Services and Rogers County Youth Services.
Prior to each couple’s performance, a short video produced by a student enrolled in NTC’s EAST program, will highlight the featured agency. Booths will also be set up in the PAC lobby so visitors can browse to learn more about the function of each organization represented.
Although three judges will be raising their scorecards to rate each of the couples, the audience will have the final vote of the evening. During a 20-minute intermission, audience members will be able to visit the non-profit booth of their choice to cast a vote by dropping dollars into a canister. “The People’s Choice will be declared the winner,” says Mosier. “A male and female winner will each receive a trophy declaring that they are ‘The Best Darn Dancer in Rogers County, 2013.’”
During the intermission and following the event, A Bar Bunkhouse Band, made up of Rogers County musicians, will perform.
For a $20 admission fee, attendees can embrace local talent and learn more about agencies who are giving back to the community while enjoying an evening of music and dance. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from any Claremore Reveille Rotary Club member or at the Robson PAC Box Office.
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.