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The Movers & Shakers Gala at Lakeland College is back, but it's like nothing you have seen before.
The eighth annual Movers & Shakers Gala, set for Saturday, May 16, at Lakeland College, introduces an entirely new format, and will help create new scholarships to help nine local high school students pay for their postsecondary education.
In previous years, Sheboygan County "celebrities" showed off their best dance moves to raise money for local charities and nonprofit organizations. This year, nine acts—from live music to speed painting to literature reading—will show off some of the talent in Sheboygan County.
"We can't wait to unveil what we have planned for this year," said Deborah Wente, a member of the Lakeland Board of Trustees and the chair of the Movers & Shakers organizing committee. "Our planning committee has created a night that offers a new experience that's sure to surprise our returning supporters and impress any new guests.
"The community support and volunteer interest for Movers & Shakers continues to be strong. We have a large group of local companies and guests who give financially to make this evening successful."
New this year, each act sponsor has partnered with Lakeland College to create a $5,000 college scholarship for nine local high school seniors. Students can attend any accredited college or university with the award, but if they attend Lakeland, the scholarship will increase to $10,000. Scholarship winners will be announced the night of the event.
Guests this year will see Lakeland's Todd Wehr Center transformed into a performance venue with three stages, a dance floor, a massive lighting setup and huge video screens to spotlight the evening's entertainment.
In its previous seven years, Movers & Shakers has raised more than $1.6 million.
Major sponsors of this year's Gala are the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation (dinner sponsor), Sargento Foods Inc. (reception sponsor), Prevea Health and Studio Gear Technology (technology sponsors). Additional event sponsors include Zimmermann Printing and Canopies Events with Distinction.
The 2015 lineup includes:
Biographies of each act are available on the Movers & Shakers website, http://moversandshakersgala.org.
A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased online at the Movers & Shakers website or by contacting Kym Leibham, Lakeland's alumni & community engagement officer, at
You don't have to attend the event to help support the scholarships. Anyone can purchase votes, at $20 each, for their favorite act prior to the event at the Movers & Shakers website. The high school supported by the evening's winning act will receive 50 percent of the proceeds raised from the votes they receive, so vote early and often.
Judges for the evening include Sebastian Schmidt, Wally Waldhart, Amee Salzwedel and Sandi Vasatka.
A pre-event reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6:45 by seating for dinner, which features a mouthwatering menu prepared by Lakeland's Dining Services staff.
Following the competition, the dance floor will be open to all guests and The Pink Flamingos will provide music for the remainder of the evening.
You can also be part of the pre-event buzz by joining our entertainers, committee members, guests and volunteers on Facebook at http://moversandshakersgala.org/facebook. "Like" the event page for regular updates.
If you want to get behind the scenes and help make this evening possible, a number of volunteer opportunities are open to the community. More information is available at http://moversandshakersgala.org/volunteer.
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