Fame, fortune and a mirror ball trophy will be up for grabs this weekend at Dancing with the Hermiston Stars.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, six local “celebrities” will take to the dance floor to raise money for local nonprofit organizations and entertain the community.

The Hermiston Stars are:

• Bryn Browning, assistant superintendent for the Hermiston School District. Browning’s cha cha will benefit the Hermiston Education Foundation.

• Dave Drotzmann, owner of Lifetime Vision Source and Hermiston’s mayor-elect. Drotzmann will dance the jive to raise funds for the Hermiston High School Drama Department.

• TJ Hansell, of 12-H Farms, will tango for the Hermiston chapter of Sisters Increasing Survivorship, a breast cancer support group.

• Don Horneck, agronomist with Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Horneck will dance the foxtrot in honor of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

• Dorothy Smith, co-owner of O So Kleen and Shipping Solutions R US. Smith will waltz to raise funds for Martha’s House, a family homeless shelter.

• Jordawn Wambeke, events coordinator for the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce. Wambeke will salsa for Heart for Hope, a program that provides dental care and support to developing nations.

For two weeks, the stars will practice with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company, a professional dance troupe, to learn the routines.

They’ll be fit for costumes and prepped on what to say before the three “celebrity” judges on Jan. 12 at Hermiston High School.

Dancing with the Hermiston Stars will also include banter and scores from the judges — similar to on the television program — and performances from the professional dancers as well.

The event is the first of its kind for the Desert Arts Council, and organizer Jacelyn Keys said the council saw it as a way to give back.

“Our community has been so giving, so generous to the Desert Arts Council, we really want to give back in a tangible way,” Keys said. “This is a way for people to participate in an event, to feel ownership of it, and raise money for some worthy causes. Even if you don’t know one of the dancers, you may feel a special affinity to some of the kinds of charities they’re raising money for.”

All money raised for each of the nonprofits will go to the charity, even if the designated star does not win.

People can donate before the competition on the Desert Arts Council’s website or during intermission at the event.

Each dollar donated is equal to one vote for a star in the competition.

“There will be a winner,” Jacelyn Keys, of Desert Arts Council, said. “The winner will take home a trophy and all the bragging rights associated with it.”

Desert Arts Council members will tabulate the winner during the second half of the program, and the winner will be announced at the end of the show.

The winner will be based 50 percent by the judges’ scores, 40 percent by the amount of money raised and 10 percent by likes on Facebook.

Tickets for the event are $30 each or $20 for those 18 and under.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, 415 S. Highway 395, by calling 541-567-615 or at www.desertartscouncil.com.

For more information, to purchase tickets or donate to the star of your choice, visit www.desertartscouncil.com/stars2013.html

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