By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014
Paige Montgomery and her partner, Joel Reimer, practicing their dance steps for last year’s Dancing with the Stars of Rogers County.
Dancers will be jiving, swinging and tangoing their way across the Robson Performing Arts Center stage on Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. as part of “A Celebration of Helping Others: Dancing with the Stars of Rogers County 2014.” Co-sponsored by the Claremore Reveille Rotary Club and RCB Bank, the event will feature dance couples representing several non-profit Rogers County agencies.
“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 Steve Gragert, event chairman.
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 Graders project throughout Rogers County, and many other area projects. A portion of the proceeds from the event will help fund our ongoing programs.”
“Sometimes people find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and need help,” says Steve. “The non-profits who will be participating in Dancing with the Stars go out and 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, Healthy Community Partnership Rogers County, Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma, Rogers County Youth Services, Rogers County Adult Day Care, William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, and Safenet Services. Other organizations may also participate.
Booths will also be set up in the PAC lobby so visitors can browse to learn more about the function and mission of each organization represented. In addition, short videos highlighting each participating organization will be shown.
Mendy Stone, Volunteers for Youth, and Herb McSpadden will serve as emcees for the evening. Three judges will be raising their scorecards to rate each of the couples; one will be a celebrity judge, and the others will be individuals experienced in judging dance competitions. The audience, however, 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 Steve. “A male and female winner will each receive a trophy declaring that they are ‘The Best Dancer in Rogers County, 2014.’”
Music will be provided during the voting intermission after all of the dance teams have performed and in the lobby after the awards have been announced.
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 from any participating agency, a Claremore Reveille Rotary Club member, or at the Robson PAC Box Office.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.