Save the Date for Kearney’s Dancing With the Stars “4”!
Coming March 27, 2021!
We’re excited to present another amazing event, with proceeds supporting youth-focused causes in our community.
Stay tuned for our Dancer Reveal Week – October 12-16, 2020!
Tickets on Sale December 1st!
Supporting our Local Youth – Kearney Dancing with the Stars “4”
A coalition of youth-focused organizations: Compass, Make-A-Wish, and TeamMates. By partnering with these organizations our goal is to support youth of all ages in our community through mentoring, foster care, and granting wishes to kids dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Compass’s mission is guiding, building, and restoring children and families. We achieve our mission by helping families navigate life. There are kids all around us who see the world a lot differently than we do. They feel isolated and confused as the world moves on without them. Compass provides support, training, and financial assistance to help foster families make a difference in the lives of these kids. We give families the skills, tools, and financial resources needed to bring the mission into their homes. Foster families provide love, guidance, and hope to kids in need. Compass is committed to finding foster families who are able to provide a stable home environment with supervision, structure, and support to ensure youth have every opportunity for success.
Every 34 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child battling a critical illness in the United States and its territories. Make-A-Wish serves a unique role in helping strengthen and empower these children and their families during a time often clouded with worry. 2020 is a milestone year for Make-A-Wish, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the wish that inspired its founding in 1980. The Nebraska chapter is proud to have played their part over that time, granting over 2,800 wishes for children across Nebraska. In honor of their anniversary, Make-A-Wish is going to harness the star power in each of us, celebrating the stars who came before and those yet to join us. As they shine a light toward the past and future efforts of Make-A-Wish, they will stay steadfast in their mission to grant the wish of every eligible child. It is their belief that every child deserves a childhood. By helping to grant a wish, you can be a light of hope and joy for a child battling a critical illness in your community today.
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. More than 170 school districts across 5 states are transforming lives through the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne started the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 with 22 University of Nebraska-Lincoln football players and 22 Lincoln middle school students. Coach Osborne felt the athletes in his program could make an impact on the students. Of the 22 original mentees, 21 went on to graduate from high school while one left school early to pursue a successful Motocross career. 18 of those original mentees also went on to pursue post-secondary education. The TeamMates Mentoring Program was formalized as a statewide program in 1998 and has grown to serve chapters across four states.
Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 3: Winners
Kearney, Neb., March 26, 2019 – The scores are in and the winners have their trophies. On March 23, more than 800 attended the third Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars, and celebrated the performances of Judges’ Trophy winners Brian Cochran and Elizabeth Roetman; and People’s Trophy winners Mark Stute and Leslie Martin.
Dancing rocked the evening and guests packed the Younes Conference Center Ballroom to witness a star-filled event co-hosted by Seth Denney and Lana Greene. More than $143,000 was raised from the event. After expenses, Kearney Rotary clubs and the collaborating suicide prevention and post-vention causes will receive the profit from the generous support from the Kearney community. The dancers were:
- Wendy Kreis, Broker, Vertical Focus Realty and Alex Straatmann, President, Kearney Public Schools Board of Education
- Nita Unruh, Professor and Chair, Kinesiology and Sport Sciences, UNK and Marc Bauer, Interim Athletics Director at UNK
- Renae Zimmer, Co-founder, Central Nebraska LOSS Team and Alex Schwarz, Operations/sales manager, Yellow Van Cleaning and Restoration
- Elizabeth Roetman, Vice president, Economic Development Council of Buffalo County and Brian Cochran, Owner, Midwest Connect
- Cheryl Webber, Coordinator, Kearney Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and Nate Brown, NTV’s ABC-TV Sports Broadcaster
- Leslie Martin, Community volunteer and Mark Stute, Principal, Meadowlark Elementary School
The 12 were featured performers for a fund-raising spectacle 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 raised 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 causes.
Judge’s Trophy was presented to the best dance performance, and People’s Choice Trophy was for highest vote (dollars raised).
Denney and Greene emceed the event, which also included performances by Cole and Suzanne Brodine of Elm Creek – a show-beginning tango; and by dancers Dillon Nelson and Erin Finke as a moving tribute to victims of suicide. Judges were past judges’ choice winners Mark Sutko and Marsha Wilkerson, Joe and Pam Methe, and Mike and Diane Sciachitano. Cornerstone sponsors were Platte Valley Auto and Younes Hospitality.
Volunteer instructors were Dillon Nelson, Kirby and Ronda Andersen, Jessica Dubas, Kathy Huddleston and Noelle Bohaty.
A Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 4 event is planned for October 2020.
About Rotary: Rotary International is a 106-year-old international service club with 1.2 million members. It focuses on creating lasting change in communities and around the world, starting with members and clubs at the local level. Kearney has two Rotary clubs: Dawn, meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Alley Rose; and Noon, meeting at noon on Mondays at Ramada Inn, both in Kearney. A new after-hours club meets the second and third Mondays at Cunningham’s downtown. Rotary fund-raising and support focuses on clean water, eradicating diseases like polio, supporting education and growing local communities.