More than a dozen local celebrities will try to tango, salsa and waltz their way to a first place finish at the Dancing with the Omaha Stars charity event this weekend.
The dancing competition at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha is a fundraiser for the Sunshine Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits young cancer patients.
The organization sends participating kids to college basketball games and hockey games, concerts and the circus, among other events, several times through the year. About four or five kids from area hospitals also receive a free trip, typically to places such as Disneyland, Hawaii or to Washington, D.C., to meet the president.
“The goal is to give them back some of that fun that they're being cheated out of,” said Vince Leisey, chairperson for the local chapter of the Sunshine Kids. “...It's a way to say go have fun, forget about what's going on and do something that's special to you.”
Dancing with the Omaha Stars, now in its fifth year, raised $45,000 at last year's competition. About 700 people attended.
Event organizer Elizabeth Edwards, who owns Omaha Ballroom, expects 1,000 people in the audience on Saturday.
More than a dozen local personalities, including former Biggest Loser contestant Marty Wolff, former center for the Huskers Mike Caputo and the Omaha World-Herald's Leia Mendoza, will perform.
The dancing portion of the evening will start after a live auction, where people can bid on Justin Timberlake concert tickets, vacation packages and the opportunity to judge the routines.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Those who plan to attend should arrive at 7:15 p.m. General admission is $25. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
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