‘Dancing With the Stars’ final celebrity line-up revealed
Tom Fink Claremore Progress
With mere days before local celebrities take to the dance floor for a good cause at the Rotary Club’s “Dancing With the Stars” fundraiser, the complete list of contestants, their dance selections, and the charities for which they’re dancing has been released.
Among the remaining celebrity dancers and local agencies for which they’re dancing include:
• Kristen Rohr and Chad Rohr, dancing the California Country Swing to “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” Chad has been an officer with the Claremore Police Department for six years. Kristen now serves at the Children’s Advocacy Center as the Volunteer Coordinator.
The Rohrs are dancing for the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center.
The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center was established in 2001 to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims in Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties. They are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and are the only Children’s Advocacy Center for the 12th District Attorney’s district. The Center partners with child welfare departments (DHS) and local law enforcement agencies and coordinates the services needed by child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers. Services provided by the Center are free and their leased facility is safe and child friendly.
• Barry and Madeline Clark, dancing Jive & Hip Hop to “Dancing Queen” and “Party Rock Anthem”
Barry and Madeline Clark are a father-daughter team representing Tri-County CASA, their selected charity. Barry works as the Director of Open Innovation at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow. Madeline is a sophomore at Claremore High School where she is on the varsity dance team and is also on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll.
Tri-County CASA is a court appointed special advocate program that makes trained community volunteers available for judges to appoint to speak on behalf of abused and neglected children in our area courts. CASA volunteers have one goal in mind for each child to whom they are assigned: a safe, permanent, nurturing home - as quickly as possible.
• Jennifer and Steve Doyle, dancing the Salsa to “Put it in a Love Song”
Jennifer teaches first grade at Verdigris Elementary. Steve is the manager of radio operations for Rogers State University’s RSU Radio, 91.3. The Doyle’s selected charity is the Rogers County Literacy Council.
The Rogers County Literacy Council is a private, non-profit volunteer organization offering literacy services to Rogers County residents age 16 and over who wish to learn to read, write, or speak English, so that they will be able to take advantage of opportunities in their environment and to participate in the transformation of their society.
• Angie Graves and Jim Anderson, dancing the Waltz to “All I Ask of You”
Graves has degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University and works for Rogers County Department of Human Services. She recently retired and now enjoys spending time with her family and especially her adorable grandchildren.
Anderson will retire as the elementary principal of Verdigris Public Schools after nearly four decades with the school.
The duo will be dancing for Rogers County Youth Services, which helps to mend the bruises that aren’t always evident. Since 1976, almost 2,000 abused and neglected youth have stayed in our emergency shelter. Weekly, the professional counseling staff see an average of 100 individuals for counseling services, many in the public schools. RCYS provides parenting classes to assist parents with tools to help raise children who know how to make good decisions.
• Tom Merrell and Cindy Wood, dancing the Cha-Cha to “Last Night”
Merrell currently serves as vice president/branch manager for Armstrong Bank in Dewey, Okla. He has served the Rotary Club in a variety of capacities over the past 20 years. Wood recently joined Safenet Services as a volunteer to assist with fundraising, event planning, and research. She has two sons and two grandsons.
The duo will be dancing for Safenet Services.
Safenet has been the one staple in a domestic violence victim’s life. Inside Safenet’s doors is a safe place for abused women and their children. Safenet’s team of professionals work continuously to help clients break the cycle of violence in their lives. Unfortunately domestic violence continues to increase which creates an ever growing need for our services: Victim Advocacy Program, Counseling, Parenting Classes, Protective Order Office, Supervised Visit Exchange Center, “C.H.A.N.G.E.S.” A Batterers Program, Sexual Assault Advocacy and volunteer opportunities at Second Impressions Resale Boutique & Outlet.
• Bradley McKone and Hillary Gray, dancing the Two-Step to “Cowboy Cadillac”
McKone is a personal trainer at St. Francis Health Zone in Tulsa, and Gray is a 5th grade teacher in Sapulpa with a passion for dance. The couple’s charity is Big Brothers Big Sisters.
BBBS helps at-risk children beat the odds. Headquartered in Tulsa and with eight offices across the state, BBBS serves approximately 2,500 children a year. For more than 100 years, BBBS has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by BBBS live in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBS makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Providing a system of ongoing evaluation and support, BBBS is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.
• Joel Reimer and Ashlyn Karst, dancing the 50s Jitterbug to “Tuxedo Junction” & “In the Mood”
Reimer is a senior at Sequoyah High School, involved with media at NE Tech and his company name is Speakeasy Productions. Karst s a senior at Verdigris High School, who has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been a dance instructor the last two years. The charity for which they are dancing is Claremore Meals on Wheels.
Claremore Meals on Wheels , now a United Way Agency, started in January, 1978, at St Cecilia’s Catholic Church. After 35 years, Pat Pixley is still active as the Wednesday Driver Coordinator. Many of the nearly 100 cooks, cook helpers and drivers have volunteered almost as long.
During Intermission, western swing band from northeastern Oklahoma, A Bar Bunk House Band, will perform.
The “Dancing with the Stars of Rogers County” fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Robson Performing Arts Center in Claremore.
Tickets are $20 and available from members of Claremore Reveille Rotary Club and the Robson PAC Box Office. Proceeds benefit area charities.