On a quest to breathe fresh air and unique energy into the world of event fundraising in our community, Judy Harrison prayed, plotted and produced!

In the early summer of 2008, she asked a few local celebrities if they would buy-in to an idea she had brewing, and within 2 weeks, Swingshift and the Stars was born! She didn’t know if it would last one year or five.

As it would turn out, grouping multiple nonprofit organizations together under one roof, having local celebrities perform with and in front of their peers for a five-month season of fundraising, created 15 years of PURE GOLD!

  • 122 nonprofit organizations,
  • $4.3+ million raised by nonprofits for nonprofits
  • 9 (maybe more?) show format tweaks, retools and pivots
  • 54,600 volunteer hours
  • 131 “celebrity performers”
  • and too many costume malfunctions later

Judy and the SwingShift and the Stars team are left with nothing but a million wonderful memories and hearts full of gratitude for “that time the whole community gathered to make giving shine brightest”!

Live Events for 2022

September & November Competition in Person Events will be held at the Flat Cap Downstairs in the Lynas Event Center.
476 US-31 South,
Traverse City, Michigan

Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7pm
Attire: Nice Casual

Tom’s Food Markets will be providing light eats
Full Cash Bar available

Sept 16 & 17
Ballroom Dance competition

Nov 4 & 5
Lip Sync competition

Dec 9
Grandest Finale

Virtual Events

SwingShift and the Stars:
Beyond the Competition

ballroom dance shows will stream
Oct 7, 8, 21 & 22 @ 6pm
Oct 9 and 23 @ 2pm

lip sync shows will stream
Nov 18, 19, Dec 2 & 3 @ 6pm
Nov 20 & Dec 4 @ 2pm

2022's Nonprofits

Watch the Impact Videos produced by us for their season and beyond!

22 2 None | Video
Our mission is to stop the inconceivable number of veterans who take their own lives.

Grand Traverse Dyslexia
| Video
Whether for education, career or entertainment, Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association changes lives by unlocking the mystery of the written language for dyslexic students.

Good Gaali | Video
Good Galli uses the power of the bicycle to bring God’s love to the people of Uganda, through training, provision of basic necessities, and the good news of the gospel.

2022 Star Performers

22 2 None
Performance Team –
Abby Sierzputowski & the 22 2 None Crew

Performance Team – Dr. Nate Reed  & The Front Street Boys

Good Gaali
Performance Team – The Waistband Warriors

SwingShift and the Stars (SATS), an entity of, 501C3 nonprofit, Community Impact Partners (CIP) has been producing this popular event series since 2008. Based on friendly competition and tons of fun, SATS teaches nonprofits in Northern MI. how to be stronger fund, awareness raising and relationship building organizations. By assisting them in the development of donor relations, media partnerships, community impact and volunteer growth, our training and support programs provide education, tools and encouragement to bolster nonprofit’s sustainability to better serve our region.