Animal Charities to Participate in SwingShift and the Stars in Fall 2017

photo credit: Erik Nygren,

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society and Peace Ranch will be charity participants for this year’s SwingShift and the Stars event held at the City Opera House in Traverse City. WQON’s Jerry Coyne will team up with Dance Instructor Julie Wojcik on October 20th for the 2nd competition out of four dates for the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. WTCM’s Colleen Wares will dance with Instructor Mel Kiogima, representing Peace Ranch, on November 17th for the 3rd competition. Both events start with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and audience dance lessons at 6:45 p.m. The show starts at 7:15 p.m. and there is a cash bar.

Peace Ranch provides Professional Equine Assisted Counseling and Education (PEACE) services for all in need regardless of ability to pay.

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society’s mission is to practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. As such, they are committed to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment of injured, ill, neglected or abused animals at their animal Shelter in Boyne City.

The events are ticketed and open to the public. Tickets prices cover the operational costs of the events while 100% of all donations go directly to the charities. No one gets eliminated throughout the season. Cumulative audience votes combined with judges scores determine the season dance team winer. All voting dollars from the four events are added together to determine the winner.

Since 2008, SwingShift and the Stars participants have raised over $2.3 million in donations. It’s a feel good twist to the popular “Dancing With The Stars” model, High Impact Productions has created a dynamic, inventive dance off to benefit area non-profits. The charity’s star and their instructors have pledged to sacrifice sore feet and hours of practice to entertain audiences for a series of four live events. More than the fun of a dance competition, the true success of SwingShift and the Stars is far more than the monetary achievements. It is the community education, awareness and new relationships fostered that sets SwingShift and the Stars apart from all other fundraising events.

You can donate to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society or Peace Ranch here.


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