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‘Stars’ to dance in support of service organization
January 22, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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The Gering Civic Center will come alive with some fancy dance steps on Jan. 30 as the Soroptimists of Scotts Bluff County present their own version of “Dancing with the Stars.”

“It’s going to be so much fun,” said Soroptimist member Ronda Kinsey.
“We sold out of tickets, so it’s been amazing. The dancers are giving us really good feedback on how to make things even better.”

Soroptimist past president Jennifer Rogers said people are probably familiar with the organization through its annual “Bits and Beverages” silent auction.

“Last year we decided to try something new,” Rogers said. “We did some research on other fundraising events and came up with the Dancing with the Stars idea.”

Fourteen couples have volunteered to put on their dancing shoes for the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The public will determine the winning couple by voting with $1 funny money tickets.

Some of the couples competing for the title include Ray and Lanette Richards, John and Karen Carrington, Tim and Deb Nolting, Becky and Tom Horne, Kevin and Rhonda Spencer, Mark and Bev Overman, Jordan and Tiann Colwell, Tony and Libby Kaufman, Esther Benson and Jack Hollingsworth, and Ken Meyer and Liz Hilyard.

A live auction will be held during the event, which will include some great prizes like fine jewelry donated by area jewelers, Rockies and Husker tickets, and a Deadwood Gulch trip, among others.

The fundraiser is a semi-formal affair with fancy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. In addition to the dancing competition, World Champion Tap Dancer Kyle Van Newkirk of Morrill and dancers from Tabor Dance Academy will perform during the event.

Each year, Soroptimist International of Scotts Bluff County awards a number of scholarships for local high school girls to go on to higher education. Through their service award program, they support agencies such as Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, the DOVES domestic violence program, the GED program at WNCC and a number of others.

“This past year, we’ve also started Dream It, Be It, a career mentoring program for high school girls,” Rogers said. The program covers topics like goal setting, decision making and career awareness to support local girls in being as successful as they can be.”

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls by awareness, advocacy and action. The public is invited to learn more about the organization by going to their Facebook page: Soroptimist International of Scotts Bluff County.
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