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Volunteers 'Dancing with the Stars' to raise funds for CES

Mar 13, 2014 - By Anne McGowan, Staff Writer

Rehearsals are under way for Dancing with the Stars-Lander, a local event modeled after the popular television series that will raise money for Community Entry Services.

Lander City Council President Nancy Pieropan and former Lander Valley High School English teacher Roger Mork spent Feb. 1 on the dance floor at the Inn at Lander, stopping, starting and stopping again as they choreographed a waltz.

"If your steps aren't lining up with the music, take smaller steps," Mork advised before he and Pieropan again took their places and began to rehearse their dance.

Dancing with the Stars-Lander will take place May 3 at the Inn at Lander. Like the TV show, the fundraiser matches a local "star" with a local dancer.

Dance teams are Sheriff Skip Honecker and Laura Lozier, state Rep. Lloyd Larsen and Jesse Johnson, Andrea Quiroz and Michael Long, John Gans and Joy Bannon, Ryan Hedges and Lauren Fossen, Ernie Over and Darci Nation, Lisa Lowham and Jonathon Rummel, Nancy Pieropan and Roger Mork, and Mike Lilygren and Sophie Mosemann.

Judges and cast members include Leslie Calkins, Mark Calhoun, Sue Meeker, Billie Leafgreen and Dave Raynolds.

Voting for a favorite team can be done online or in person with each dollar counting as one vote with a 10-vote minimum. Voting opened Jan. 20 and will continue through the event.

To vote online, visit http://tiny.cc/fql9bx. To vote in person, visit CES Hudson Center, 177 N. Third St., or at In My Window, 306 Main St., in Lander.

CES is a local group that helps people with disabilities maximize their independence and lead satisfying, productive lives.

The money raised at Dancing with the Stars-Lander will be directed solely to the Lander program and clients. Critical needs this year are repairs and maintenance to group homes and equipment for two job programs -- Neat Repeat and Lander Recycling.

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