IT TAKES A VILLIAGE
DANCING WITH YOUR PENDLETON STARS
Don’t you just love when a community comes together for a good cause? Dancing with Your Pendleton Stars (DWYPS) is an event that gets together for not just one cause, but NINE. Yes, NINE. If you’re not inspired to volunteer, this is sure to get your volunteerism blood flowing. This amazing event is put on by CAPECO, which is a non-profit in Pendleton that aids in helping people in our community who need extra help with becoming independent, healthy, and safe. CAPECO has a variety of programs and causes within their work, and DWYPS is hosted by their Food Share Program, which partners with five counties and runs one million pounds of food through it’s facility per year. The event asks eight Pendleton “stars” to champion eight charities of their choice by fundraising and selling tickets to the event – which is April 13th – by the way.
Ticket sales go to the Food Share program and donations go to the charities. The competition is simple, donations prior to and during the event are added up and the winner gets a check written for $5,000 big ones, which goes directly to their charity. Now let’s talk about the show. The stars have just FIVE days to learn a ballroom dance routine with a pro dancer – how amazing is that? Now that means, one will learn the waltz, an other – the salsa, and more. Then, if you have a ticket (buy them now from Pendleton Art + Frame or from one of the dancers), you will vote with your ticket and your dollars (remember it’s a fundraising event) for who you want to win! This is an awesome event in our small community and a ton of support is generated for this event each year. It takes a village – doesn’t it! Just like the T.V. show, there are judges and this year’s should be extra fun with Mayor Turner, last year’s winner, Jennifer Currin and past dancer, Dale Primmer.
Without further ado – this year’s dancers and organizations are:
- Margaret Gianotti, BMCC Scholarships
- Mikal Wright, Eastern Oregon Children’s Museum
- Rita Rosenberg, Altrusa Feed the Child Program
- Chris Fritsh, CASA
- Shannon O’Rourke-Hudson, Farmer’s Market
- Addison Schulberg, Pendleton Center for the Arts – Rock & Roll Camp
- Lisa Schulze, The Guardian Care Center
- Dale Freeman, Altrusa KARE
Be a part of this inspiring event by donating to the above dancers/organizations and purchase your ticket at Pendleton Art + Frame for the show on April 13th at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30) at Pendleton’s Vert Auditorium. You can also follow along on Community Action Program of East Central Oregon’s Facebook Page