Countdown to Kearney's Dancing with the Stars 3








Ticket Information: – There are no printed tickets for this event. If you have reserved your seat or table, arrive and check in no later than 6:30 pm and your table/assigned seat will be identified. Please check in to enable mobile-voting and to assure you’re seated at your assigned table.

Guest information about Kearney Dancing with the Stars 3

  • Saturday, March 23 – Younes Conference Center
    • Address: 416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845
  • Social hour – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Dinner – 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
  • Dancing competition and entertainment – 8:00 pm -10:00 pm

Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars “3” has teamed up again with Qtego Auction Technology, a technology firm that provides a revolutionary charitable giving experience.  To vote for your favorite dancing pair you’ll first need to Register your mobile phone.  Once you do this you’ll be ready to vote as often as you want PRIOR to and DURING the Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars “3” Event.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your votes made through PRIOR to March 23, 2019 will be tallied to the team totals but WILL NOT be charged to your credit card until the end of the Kearney Dancing with the Stars 3 event on March 23, 2019.  …Learn More on Voting

A professor, a broadcaster, several business owners, a realtor, a school principal… and more… were revealed October 18 as stars for Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 3 event, planned for March 23, 2019.

The dancing stars – six men and six women – come from all walks of life and are leaders in the Kearney community.

The 12 dancers will be featured performers for a fund-raising spectacle on March 23 at Younes Conference Center, sponsored by Kearney’s Rotary clubs. By voting for the 12 dancers online and the night of the event, Kearney’s Rotary clubs plan to raise tens of thousands of dollars to stop suicide, benefitting Central Nebraska LOSS Team, McKenna’s Rae of Hope, and Buffalo County Community Partners’ Hope and Healing. Additionally, the funds will support local and international Kearney Noon Rotary and Kearney Dawn Rotary projects.

Alex Schwarz, community theater/Yellow Van Cleaning and Restoration
Renae Zimmer, co-founder, Central Nebraska LOSS
Drake Beranek, Kearney High Basketball Coach
Cheryl Webber, coordinator, Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program
Alex Straatmann, Kearney Public School Board president
Wendy Kreis, owning broker, Vertical Focus Realty
Mark Stute, principal, Meadowlark Elementary
Leslie Martin, community volunteer
Marc Bauer, interim athletics director, UNK
Nita Unruh, professor and chair, UNK Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Brian Cochran, owner, Midwest Connect
Elizabeth Roetman, vice president, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County

Pictured above: Top row, left-right: Alex Schwarz, Nate Brown, Alex Straatmann, Mark Stute, Marc Bauer & Brian Cochran. Bottom row, left-right: Renae Zimmer, Cheryl Webber, Wendy Kreis, Leslie Martin, Nita Unruh & Elizabeth Roetman.

Use the Donate Button on the right to Support your favorite dance team, or support the causes.  All money donated is being collected and processed by Kearney Area Community Foundation on behalf of Kearney's Dancing with the Stars 3.

Stop Suicide & Suicide Prevention – Kearney Dancing with the Stars “3”

A coalition of Buffalo County Community Partners: Hope & Healing, McKenna’s Rae of Hope and Central Nebraska Loss.  By partnering with these organizations our goal is to instill hope and healing by empowering mental wellness to save lives and to reduce suicide in Buffalo County with a focus on education, prevention, intervention, and mental wellness promotion.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Someone is always available to listen. Hope is just a call or text away.

As a community, Buffalo County has decided to take a stand against the stigma surrounding mental health. Together, we can become a community connected for mental wellness. Our community’s response chooses hope and healing as the means to recovery. Hope and healing empower connectedness and support at a community level to reduce suicide and promote mental wellness for everyone in Buffalo County.

Visit Buffalo County Community Partners


Founded in 2017, the foundation is dedicated to making changes in the hopes of creating a more positive and healthy community with the mission of preventing teen suicide by fostering awareness, resilience, and social change. Being kinder, recognizing mental illness, opening up the conversation, and making our world a little more hopeful is the organization’s goal.


The Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team consists of trained survivor and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to survivors of suicide. Suicide survivors are those persons who have had a loved one complete a suicide and are at risk due to their emotional response, which may include the use of unhealthy coping strategies or attempting suicide themselves.

The LOSS Team is activated by first response officials when a suicide occurs to provide resources, support, and hope to suicide survivors. The volunteers provide immediate assistance to survivors to help them cope with the trauma of their loss, provide follow-up contact with the survivors, and coordinate the utilization of services and support groups within the community. 

Visit Central Nebraska Loss Facebook page

Thank You to our 2019 Event Sponsors
Please visit their website by clicking on their logo

Our Cornerstone Sponsors are:

          Younes Hospitality | It all begins with... You!

Our Gold Sponsors are:

Our Silver Sponsors are:

      NebraskaLand National Bank  Black Hill Energy
  Deterdings Hot Tubs | Pools | Fireplaces  Arram Family FoundationVersatile Roofing

   If you would like to be a partnering sponsor visit our Sponsorship page or contact a member of Rotary.