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The region's premier social event just added two big doses of style, elegance and star power.
Derek Hough and Chelsie Hightower, two of the biggest talents on the popular ABC television series "Dancing With the Stars," will participate in the sixth annual Movers & Shakers Gala at Lakeland College.
Hightower and Hough will be part of an unforgettable evening that will see eight Sheboygan County "celebrities" show off their best dance moves to raise money for local charities and nonprofit organizations as part of the Movers & Shakers Gala, a benefit for Lakeland College and The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, as Lakeland's Todd Wehr Center will once again be transformed into a beautiful ballroom, including an inviting dance floor, a massive lighting setup and huge video screens to provide Hough, Hightower and a who's who of Sheboygan County a lush stage to showcase their best moves.
In its first five years, Movers & Shakers has raised nearly $1.4 million, including a four-year total of $263,500 for more than 30 nonprofit organizations.
Major sponsors of this year's Gala are the Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation and Sargento Foods Inc. Additional event sponsors include Festival Foods, Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Sheboygan Chevrolet-Cadillac and Zimmermann Printing.
Movers & Shakers is pleased to welcome back eight previous dancers for an all-star night of entertainment. Again this year, each dancer has selected a charity which will benefit from their votes sales.
The 2013 lineup includes:
Complete biographies of each dancer can be found here.
The format and layout for the evening has been enhanced to accommodate more than 1,000 guests in the ballroom to view the 8 p.m. performance. Theatre-style seating, along with limited table-seating around the dance floor, are available.
A pre-event reception will begin at 6 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Following the dance performances, additional food will be available for purchase and the cash bar will remain open during the live music and open dancing.
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 4, and can be purchased exclusively online here. If you have questions, please contact event planner Kym Leibham at (920) 207-0222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is limited table seating for eight for $3,000, and individual, theater-style seating at $200, $100 and $50.
In addition, 12 fortunate guests have the opportunity to sit with Hightower and Hough at their personal tables for the evening. Six seats are available at each of the star's tables for $750 per ticket. The tickets will be sold first come, first served. The tables are in a prime location at the front of the ballroom and include hors d'oeuvres, tableside cocktail service during the Gala and preferred parking.
The Gala will also include a live auction that will give two people the opportunity to dance with Hightower and Hough at the Gala. Details about this once-in-a-lifetime auction item are available here.
You don't have to attend the event to help support the charities. Anyone can purchase votes, at $20 each, for their favorite dancer prior to the event here. These charities receive 50 percent of the proceeds raised from the votes for each dancer on their behalf, so vote early and often.
The celebrities will be paired with a professional dancer, and are in the midst of months of training before they compete to win the support of four judges and what's sure to be another sell-out crowd.
"We are always looking for ways to keep this fabulous event fresh and exciting, and based on the early feedback, people are thrilled to be able to see Derek Hough and Chelsie Hightower perform in person," said Deborah Wente, a member of the Lakeland Board of Trustees and the chair of the Movers & Shakers organizing committee.
"The community support and volunteer interest for Movers & Shakers continues to be strong. These people join our 'celebrities,' local companies and our guests who give financially to make this evening successful."
Matt Quasius, who danced in 2011 will serve as host for the evening. Julia Loo-Sutcliffe, who danced in 2009, will serve on the judges' panel.
Following the competition, the dance floor will be open to all guests and the Swing-O-Matics will provide music for the remainder of the evening.
You can also be part of the pre-event buzz by joining dancers, committee members, guests and volunteers on Facebook. "Like" us 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 here.