Dancing with the stars help boys and girls clubs
Members of the Cheyenne community dressed their best on Friday, September 24 to support the 6th Annual Cheyenne Boys and Girls Club (BGC) Dancing with the Stars at the Little America Hotel and Resort.
The biggest fundraiser saw the community enjoy an evening of entertainment featuring six couples made up of local celebrities and professional dancers from En Avant Dance Studio and Act Two Studios.
The People’s Choice grossed over $ 70,000 making the night’s biggest winner, The Boys and Girls Club.
“The money raised supports general operations, keeps doors open for after-school and summer programs, and provides memberships for just $ 10 per year, which includes meals, homework help, tutoring, and more. said BGC Director of Resource Development Amanda Fiske. “It’s events like this that help keep our doors open.”
The event also had auctions and a special contemporary dance performance by Moira McPherson of Act Two Studios.
Cheyenne native and comedian Dominic Syracuse, master of ceremonies for the night, brought lots of laughs to the festivities.
The BGC is reaching out to different community areas to get local celebrities to participate in the competition including military, financial, artistic, etc. They are aimed at people who have worked with the club or at new people they are trying to bring together with the organization.
Judge’s Choice presented trophies to the top 3 couples, and the People’s Choice Award went to the couple who raised the most money from members of the public donating $ 1 per vote. Spectators were encouraged to “vote” as much as they wanted for their favorite team.
Judge’s Choice winners: first place Michelle Mulberry and Ben Harnish, second place Michele DeHoff and Jarrod Burton, and third place went to Butch Heimsoth and Heather Hansen. The People’s Choice Award, raising $ 33,800, went to DeHoff and Burton.
The nonprofit focuses on three core programs: Academic Achievement, Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Members are transported by bus to the club after school, and after arriving, they participate in Power Hour, where children sit down to do their homework and, if necessary, can take private lessons.
The BGC is open to any child aged 6 to 18 without any financial restriction.
“We’re focused on supporting low-income and vulnerable families, especially if they have military connections, incarcerated parents, and single-parent families, that sort of thing,” Fiske said. “We want to provide additional support to these families. Of course, children, regardless of their background or financial situation, are welcome here. We think it’s important for everyone to come together. Even for kids from other schools to get together in the background and expose themselves to different things. “