2018 SwingShift & The Stars – All wrapped up and cashing out at $453,051!

Photography by John L. Russell, Great Lakes Images


Year 11 for SwingShift and the stars closed out yesterday afternoon with a Check Presentation event at the City Opera House. No longer just a “Dance-off for Charity”, SwingShift and the Stars introduced this season’s participants to a new way for our local celebrities to perform for their beloved nonprofit organizations…a group Lip Sync Battle! Each of this season’s 8 nonprofits had a sponsor champion to add to the community involvement. They each danced at their first event and lip sync battled at their final performance.

Featured on September 21st and November 16th:

22 2 None, championed by Marilyn Taylor – Exit Realty and represented by star, Marilyn Taylor, garnered the Audience Choice Award in November, won the Social Media Scavenger Hunt Challenge earning them $4,500 in media and radio airtime and finally their hard work added $66,477 to their coffers.

Christ’s Hope International, championed by Loft TC, and represented by local celebrity Saburi Boyer took home the coveted Alumni Award twice, the Audience Choice Award once and now have a new $57,811 to continue their international efforts.

The Children’s House had their parent partnership group champion them through the season and their beloved gym teacher Steve Maas as their stellar representative in performance. Their work through the platform has earned them $29,551 for their student scholarship program.

The City Opera House was sponsored by Tom’s Food Markets and enjoyed double star power with local beloved celebrities and Maurie Allen and Jane Deering-Zimmerman as their performers. This iconic downtown Traverse City gem brought in $51,730 thanks to the efforts of their excellent staff, board and community supporters.

Featured on October 19th and December 14th:

Michael’s Place had Clark Manufacturing backing their participation. They earned $2,000 in media and airtime in the second social media challenge offered by SwingShift and the Stars. Ellyn Tarrant and Angela Di Lorenzo took to the floor for the separate performances and this critical organization has an additional $61,712 to continue their free grief counseling.

Traverse City Christian School partnered with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors. Performances by Adam Miller and 5 of the school’s students won them the Audience Choice Award twice and the Alumni Award once. They also boasted the largest earning of the season with a $118,550 in donations coming in this season.

Zonta Club of Traverse City had REMAX- Bayshore championing them along with the bubbly Deb Jackson representing them in the spotlight. Spark-plug Debbie Dacey joined Jackson for the Lip Sync competition helping this powerful sisterhood of local women to rally an impressive $27,752.

Arts For All stepped onto the platform with the support of Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings for this season and had the double star power of Derek Woodruff and Arts For All Executive Director Grace Hudson. They won the coveted Alumni Award in December and boast an additional $39,468 to use in order to continue and expand their critical Arts Exposure programming.

The SwingShift and the Stars platform for fund-building and awareness raising has now facilitated the addition of over $3.5 million in donations to Michigan based nonprofit organizations. For more information or an interview w/ Judy Harrison, go to or call 888-447-8236 ext. 101.

Sherry Galbraith~Event Coordinator 888.HIP.8236 ext. 104