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Support CHS Host Homes Program through Swingshift and the Stars
Put on your dancing shoes and come out to support Catholic Human Services Host Homes for Homeless Youth Program during the 2011 Swingshift and the Stars Dance-off For Charity in Traverse City.
Begun in 2008, Swingshift and the Stars creates a partnership between local charities and the community through highly entertaining and friendly competition. Each year six local charities are selected to participate in the dance-off competition loosely patterned after the popular Dancing with the Stars television program. Six local celebrities are paired with six local dance instructors to perform in a series of four live performances with the primary goal of having fun while raising money for a variety of great causes.
All performances take place at the City Opera House in Traverse City. A special video presentation discussing the Host Homes for Homeless Youth Program is scheduled to be shown at the next performance which will take place Friday, October 21. The CHS program will be one of two charities highlighted that evening. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. With a dance lesson for the audience offered at 6:45. The evening officially kicks off at 7:15 p.m. Between competition performances, the audience is invited to take to the dance floor and kick up their heels to the sound of the Swingshift live band.
We were approached several months ago about participating and jumped at the chance, said Dave Martin, President and CEO of Catholic Human Services. The needs for our Host Homes for Homeless Youth program far exceed what we are able to fund from our existing resources. We believe Swingshift and the Stars will not only help raise funds for the program, but also presents a great opportunity to bring awareness to the special issues facing homeless teens.
Established in 2004, Host Homes for Homeless Youth provides safe, stable, adult-supervised housing to students who are determined to graduate from high school. More than 140 students have been served through the program and since 2007, 100% of 12th grade students involved in the program have earned their high school diploma. No state or federal funds are available for the program. It is sustained solely through grants and donations with the cost to place and support one student currently $4,200 per year. The hope is to raise $100,000 this year for the program.