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.

Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 3

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.

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.

Visit MckennasRaeOfHope.org

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

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