The dazzling event to benefit local youth is set for September 10 (with an Opening Night on September 9)

By Clarissa Robertson • Photo by Blushing Cactus Photography

It’s that time again! Dancing for the Stars is the Boys & Girls Clubs’ signature event and major fundraiser of the year and will take place September 9 (Opening Event) and 10 (Main Event/VIP Reception).

The event has grown to raise a significant portion of the organization’s annual budget, strengthening the Clubs’ operation. Dancing for the Stars consists of an exciting friendly competition in which local celebrities are paired with professional dancers to perform a wide variety of dances, in a fun and dazzling event. All proceeds stay local and directly benefit our community youth.

Our local Boys & Girls Clubs are steadfast in promoting greatness in youth and their families through inspirational leadership and transformational programs. Clubs’ after-school and summer programs focus on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship. Serving young people with tools and opportunities to help them develop and thrive, the Boys & Girls Clubs also serve the whole family by empowering parents to work outside the home and provide for their household.

Clubs’ educational and recreational programs benefit hundreds of children and teens each year. Youth like Gillian, who now looks forward to tutoring time and started excelling in her school assignments with encouragement from Club leaders; Natalie, who loves reading to our younger members and is helping Jay learn to read; and Andre, who has been developing and showing leadership skills. (names have been changed)

Stories like these highlight the importance of Dancing for the Stars.

A special thank all the wonderful community members who support the event’s fundraising efforts in so many ways. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to each one of the amazing 2022 dancers for joining the noble mission of performing and fundraising on behalf of our local youth:

  • April Hepperle and J.C. Lawler
  • Carissa Maxwell and Ron Howard
  • Dr. Nisha Tung and Lungani Gwala
  • Fire Chief Holger Durre and Sasha Naasz
  • Jamie Procknow and Frankie Pena
  • Jeff Champ and Dawn Wilson
  • Matt Brassard and Dre Caldwell
  • Molly Hohrein and Zach Leonard
  • San Martin Rodriguez and Marina Rogova-O’Brien
  • Sheriff David Rhodes and Carie Hughes
  • Kids Choreographer Lexe Niekamp, Lessons by Lexe Dance Studio

Dancing for the Stars 2022 will take place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, featuring both an Opening Event (Friday, September 9th) and a Main Event/VIP Reception (Saturday, September 10th). Visit to learn more about the event, as well as sponsorship, vote, and ticket options. Join us for fun, surprises, and unforgettable moments—all while supporting our local youth!

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