Dancing for special stars

Just having fun.

This was the goal for the dancing for special stars contest.

"We raise money and awareness for special Olympics with this event," said Kathy Meagher who is the CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota.

The dance contest features local celebrities who are paired with local dance instructors.

"So one might wonder how can you raise money with a dance event? Like television there's a winning couple, the winning couple with the most votes gets the mere ball trophy," said Meagher.

and the way the contestants get votes is by raising money from selling admission tickets, the scores they receive from judges and, additional votes from the public that are each sold for one dollar.

"A lot of people aren't really aware of the opportunities to be able to help an organization like this, and I think it's a really fun way for the community to be able to participate in," said Angela Schnaible who was a contest participant.

Even some of our very own danced the night away

Special Olympics North Dakota provides year round physical fitness, sport training and competition in fifteen sports to more than 1,600 adults and children with intellectual disabilities.

"Yes we have volunteers that do that, yes we have schools that donate their facility, but it still costs for transportation, and things like that," said Meagher.

but with a little community support Special Olympics North Dakota is thriving and hopes to continue fundraisers like these.

For more information on Special Olymics North Dakota click here.


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