Swinging With Stars raises $60K for Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs

The Swinging With the Stars event at The Tower Theater last weekend raised more than $60,000 for Central Oregon Sparrow Clubs.

“Swinging with the Stars” is modeled after the wildly popular “Dancing with the Stars” program and featured 9 local celebrities – including Central Oregon Daily’s own Samantha O’Connor – paired with professional dancers in a sold-out show.

Each team danced and competed to take home the “People’s Choice Award” and the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. The audience decided who took home the grand prize trophy as they cast votes for their favorite dancing couple/team through donating to Sparrow Clubs. All trophy winners are listed below.

All money raised will be used locally to help Sparrow Clubs continue serving children in medical need, and empowering youth to make a difference in our communities.

Sparrow Clubs is proof that you’re never too young to make a difference.  As the nation’s only youth-based charity of its kind, Sparrow Clubs not only provides financial and emotional support for critically ill children and their families, but also empowers young people to help a child through charitable service experiences. Sparrow Clubs is centered on the concept of “empowering kids to help kids in medical need.

Swinging with the Stars was presented by Central Oregon Daily and sponsored by The 1687 Foundation, Dwyer Williams Cherkoss – Attorneys at Law, PayneWest Insurance, Bend Property Pros, Cox Family Charitable Fund, Eclipse Engineering, Great Northern Trailer Works, Greenwood Dental Care, Gretchen Keithly, RAN-Go Inc., SELCO Community Credit Union, Stellar Realty Northwest, SunWest Builders, Tetherow Resort, Webfoot Painting, the David J. Weiner Foundation, and many others

For details about the event, information on being a Star dancer, sponsorship opportunities, and how to support Sparrow Clubs, visit:  www.swingingwiththestars.org, or contact Nancy Childers, Regional Director, at 541.312.8630.

2019 Swinging with the Stars – Award Winners:

Judges Choice Award:  (The best dances of the night… per the Judges votes)

1st Place:                    Meghann Griffiths & Tyler Haas

2nd Place:                   Caleb Trowbridge & Tammy Goen

3rd Place:                    Matt Montoya & Shannon Abero Guerrero


Shining Star Award:   (The couple who received the MOST VOTES during the evening)

1st Place:                     Nick Pagen & Nastassia Miller

2nd Place:                   Matt Montoya & Shannon Abero Guerrero

3rd Place:                    Travis Davis & Gabriella Peden

People’s Choice – Mirrorball Award:  (The couple who received the MOST Donations OVERALL; thru fundraising prior to the event… added to the votes (in dollars) received during the show.)

1st Place:        Lindsey and Summer Robinson & Dakota Weeda   Pictured above/ Photo Credit: Timothy J. Park Photo & Video

2nd Place:       Travis Davis & Gabriela Peden

3rd Place:        Meghann Griffiths & Tyler Haas

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