$50,000 donation to Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial
Kearney, Neb., Nov. 13, 2017 – Kearney’s Rotary clubs today presented $50,000 to planners for the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial. The donation was from the net proceeds from the Oct. 21, 2017 Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 2 event.
“The proceeds far exceeded our expectations, and demonstrate the support of this community for our veterans and the veterans memorial, and the success of this signature event for Rotary,” said Bret King, president of Kearney Noon Rotary.
Just under 700 people attended the second dancing event, at which volunteer dancers Jon Watts and Carrie Eighmey won the People’s Choice award for generating the most fund-raised votes, and Mark Sutko and Marsha Wilkerson won the Judge’s Choice trophy for the best dance performance. Kearney’s Noon Rotary and Dawn Rotary clubs will use another $15,000 of the event proceeds to support local and international Rotary projects, and to begin planning Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars 3.
Kearney’s Stars, by dancing partners, were:
  • Kearney City Council member Jonathan Nikkila and Nikki Erickson of Team Concepts
  • Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Ross Finley and Dr. Camie Rose Lentfer of Schrock Chiropractic
  • Kearney Chief of Police Dan Lynch and Betty Warren, owner and broker at Coldwell Banker – Town and Country Realty
  • UNK Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Jon Watts and Carrie Eighmey, Loper women’s basketball coach
  • Kearney Clinic Pediatrician Dr. Steve Haskett and Erika Godfrey of Hawthorne Jewelry
  • First National Bank recently-retired CEO Mark Sutko and Marsha Wilkerson of BD Construction
Cornerstone sponsors for the event were Platte Valley Auto – Kearney-Lexington, and Younes Hospitality.
The date for Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars is now set for March 23, 2019.
Dance coaches for the teams were instructors Kirby and Ronda Andersen of You’ll be Dancin’; Noelle Bohaty, professor of dance at University of Nebraska at Kearney; Dillon Nelson of Kearney Family YMCA; Krisa Smith and Ashley Nanfito of Kearney School of Dance; and Kathy Fuehrer at Dance Works. Celebrity judges for the event were Tom and Mary Henning, Todd and Lois Thalken, and 2016 winners of Kearney’s Dancing with the Stars Judge’s Choice: Marge Lauer and Jason Sharp.
About Rotary: Rotary International is a 106-year-old international service club with 1.2 million members. It focuses on creating lasting change in communities and around the world, starting with members and clubs at the local level. Kearney has two Rotary clubs: Dawn, meeting at 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Alley Rose; and Noon, meeting at noon on Mondays at Ramada Inn, both in Kearney. Rotary fund-raising and support focuses on clean water, eradicating diseases like polio, supporting education and growing local communities.