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Join us this fall for the 2018 Swingshift and the Stars! 

SwingShift and the Stars was conceived in 2008 by Judy Harrison – President and Owner of High Impact Productions – who was compelled to create an event that would combine two of her passions: music and philanthropy. Having attended many community fundraisers, she saw an opportunity to reintroduce some FUN into these events and make them an irresistible experience for the potential donor. By combining a healthy dose of good-natured competition with an affordable opportunity for charities to educate the community about their mission – and adding the music of Harrison’s Traverse City-based band – SwingShift and the Stars was born!

SwingShift and the Stars is an inventive performance competition, but more than that, it is a platform for area nonprofits to gain awareness, foster new relationships and raise much-needed funds for their organizations. This season, 8 nonprofits with the support of their business champions and local celebrities will join in on the fun! 100% of your donation dollars (envelope received at the door) go directly to the organization of your choice.

Meet the Dancers

Deb Jackson - STAR

Deb Jackson is a passionate community worker and social entrepreneur. After relocating to Traverse City, a friend introduced her to Zonta. Being a businesswoman and encountering biases throughout her career, Zonta’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide resonated. The awesome local Zontians became her sisterhood. She has worked tirelessly on Zonta projects, has held officer positions and recently completed a term as President. She now is an Area Director for the Michigan-Canada District of Zonta.

Richard Dodge - INSTRUCTOR

Richard Dodge taught his first dance lesson in 1988 at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. For the next 8 years, he worked in a number of different studios across the country; teaching, coaching, and dancing competitively. During this time, he earned teaching certifications in American Style ballroom, Latin dancing, and International Standard. Since moving to Michigan in 2008, his teaching and dancing has become more of a hobby than a profession, as he focuses on building his Artisan carpentry business. He now resides in Frankfort with his wife Nici and her 2 sons.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum ($5,000)

  • Full table of 10
  • Table signage
  • Signage at the Zonta table
  • Social media publicity
  • Extended benefits listed on sponsorship form

Gold ($2,000)

  • 4 table seats
  • Table signage
  • Social media publicity
  • Extended benefits listed on sponsorship form

Silver ($1,000)

  • 2 table seats
  • Extended benefits listed on sponsorship form

Sponsorship form available here!

Admission

Tickets: $50 (individual balcony seats)

Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Tracey Welch at twelch@conedrive.com

Can’t attend the events, but would like to support Zonta?

Please consider a tax deductible donation using the “Donate Here” button above or by mailing a check to Zonta, P.O. Box 1412, Traverse City, MI 49686-1412

Schedule of Events

Zonta’s Deb Jackson and ReMax Bayshore Champion, Richard Dodge, are set to dance-off for charity on October 19 and December 14!

October 2018 Charities

Zonta Club of Traverse City works to empower women through service and advocacy as part of an international organization.  Zonta Club members work as volunteers to raise money to distribute as grants and scholarships within our local community.  With no administrative costs, all monies raised are distributed directly back into the community in support of women and their families.

Traverse City Christian School is a private learning community serving the children of families in Northern Michigan, as well as international students from around the world.  From Preschool to 12th Grade, we are committed to providing an excellent education and instilling in our students a genuine desire to love and serve God.  This involves combining a balanced academic, arts and athletics education with Christian study and discipleship, ministry and missions.

Arts for All of Northern Michigan has been providing accessible art and culture opportunities for individuals of ALL abilities in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Antrim counties for 21 years. A4A programs include in-classroom artist residencies and workshops; quarterly dances and monthly outings for teens and adults; community cultural accessibility events; the Kid’s on the Block educational puppet program; and much more. All programs are designed to not only allow access to arts and culture for individuals with disabilities, but also to promote students’ motivation to finish school and provide opportunities to learn occupational, independence, and interpersonal skills. A4A is continuously working to inspire ALL abilities.

The mission of Michael’s Place is to provide support and advocacy for children, teens, and adults grieving the death of a loved one and educate the community on the impact of grief. Michael’s Place is the only bereavement center of its kind in northwest Michigan, serving nearly 2000 annually with no cost programs and services, including outreach to regional schools, workplaces, and the broader community.

December 2018 Charities

Zonta Club of Traverse City works to empower women through service and advocacy as part of an international organization.  Zonta Club members work as volunteers to raise money to distribute as grants and scholarships within our local community.  With no administrative costs, all monies raised are distributed directly back into the community in support of women and their families.

Traverse City Christian School is a private learning community serving the children of families in Northern Michigan, as well as international students from around the world.  From Preschool to 12th Grade, we are committed to providing an excellent education and instilling in our students a genuine desire to love and serve God.  This involves combining a balanced academic, arts and athletics education with Christian study and discipleship, ministry and missions.

Arts for All of Northern Michigan has been providing accessible art and culture opportunities for individuals of ALL abilities in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska, Leelanau, and Antrim counties for 21 years. A4A programs include in-classroom artist residencies and workshops; quarterly dances and monthly outings for teens and adults; community cultural accessibility events; the Kid’s on the Block educational puppet program; and much more. All programs are designed to not only allow access to arts and culture for individuals with disabilities, but also to promote students’ motivation to finish school and provide opportunities to learn occupational, independence, and interpersonal skills. A4A is continuously working to inspire ALL abilities.

The mission of Michael’s Place is to provide support and advocacy for children, teens, and adults grieving the death of a loved one and educate the community on the impact of grief. Michael’s Place is the only bereavement center of its kind in northwest Michigan, serving nearly 2000 annually with no cost programs and services, including outreach to regional schools, workplaces, and the broader community.

Thank you to our sponsors!