A word from our SwingShift STAR…

christal-novNovember 19, 2016

Last night was pretty special… Once again, Traverse Bay CAC raised the most money at #SwingShiftAndTheStars. Beyond the money raised, however, is the awareness. More people are aware of the important work that is happening every day at the CAC. And, wow. What important work it is! Life changing, life saving, amazing work…truly. Today, though, I want to give a shout out to the rest of the “cast” of SwingShift for all the hard work they’re putting in every month for their important causes. There is no “greater good” without the greatest of the good. Wendy Moyes Nienhouse and Phillip Leete are rocking the dance floor every month for their charity, TC Music Boosters. Abagail K Courtney and Mel Kiogama have introduced us to an incredible place, Jubillee House, with the kind of love and enthusiasm that is often envied. Nick Edson and Amy Shannon Burkare both working diligently to offer the extra support so many kids need at Communities in Schools. Dr. Nate Reed and Jessica Mason Froehlich are shedding light on Dyslexia through the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association and John Casteel and Sharon Pascoe are teaching us the value of inclusivity and acceptance with their work for Special Olympics.

The charities are the true stars of SwingShift and the Stars. And, those stars sure shine brightly 🙂

I want to take a minute, though, to thank my instructors Justin M Koertgen and Richard Dodge for their hard work, and Traci Trombley-LeBlanc for choreography that matches my weird personality :). Believe me, it’s not easy to get me to stop being “little kicks Elaine Benis”…Robin Ahart O’Malley and Mrs. O’s Crap Shack for the amazing wardrobe, Ashley Marie Wheeler for the hair and makeup, Alison Gary Metiva– the most talented seamstress, Chris Iler Weaner for the beautiful tables and, my friends and family who have been supporting TBCAC all season, and beyond.

You guys. We’re doing it. 🙂

See you in December… with special guests, Marilyn Taylor and Dr. Ramona Pleva 🙂

P.S. I get to play Dolly Parton from 9 to 5. Dream. Come. True.