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Meet our Swingshift Star!

At 72, Verta Odziana’s feet have never been happier. “I’m very excited about raising money for our new library and community center. It’s not just a place to access resources, it’s the social hub of our community.”

It’s where Verta and her friends line dance on a regular basis, but Swingshift and the Stars, she says, is the big time. “I can’t wait to show those young people my moves,” she said.

TEAM SUPPORT: Swingshift supporters dress to reflect their favorite books for young people. Back row (from left): Sue Egelus as the Mad Hatter, Library Director Renee Kelchak, Dancer Verta Odziana, Patty West as the Cat in the Hat. Front row (from left): with Pat Tallman as Harry Potter, and Rudy Odziana as Joe the Backhoe.

Based on a Dancing with the Stars model, Swingshift is part dance-off and, more importantly, a platform for area non-profits to gain awareness, foster new relationships and raise funds for their organizations. An unprecedented 23 non-profits will participate in the 2017 fall season, marking the effort’s 10th anniversary. High Impact Productions, producers of the event, is raising the bar with a $1 million goal for the season.

Here is how you can help support our Swingshift team:

Make a donation, with 100% going to the library campaign. Donate now online or Donate at the event using provided envelopes.

Buy a table or a ticket for a balcony seat. Contact Mary Beth Hardwicke, info@newinterlochenlibrary.org or 231-276-5775.