(Lander, Wyo.) — The first ever “Dancing with the Stars Lander” will take place at the Best Western Inn on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The event is modeled after the popular television series and will match a local “star” with a local dancer to help raise money for Community Entry Service.

Over 25 community leaders have volunteered to support this event, including the following dance teams (click on each to learn more about them):

Sheriff Skip Honecker & Laura Lozier

Ernie Over & Darci Nation

Representative Lloyd Larsen & Jesse Johnson

Andrea Quiroz & Michael Long

John Gans & Joy Bannon

Ryan Hedges & Lauren Fossen

Lisa Lowham & Jonathon Rummel

Nancy Pieropan & Roger Mork

Mike Lilygren & Sophie Mosemann

Judges and supporting cast members include: Leslie Calkins, Mark Calhoun, Sue Meeker, Billie Leafgreen, and Dave Raynolds.

Dance teams are already practicing and seeking votes through donations to CES. To vote, visit the Eventbrite page or find the link through Pitch Engine.

In-person donations are also being collected at the CES Hudson Center at 177 N. 3rd St. and In My Window at 306 Main St. Each dollar donated is one vote, with a minimum of 10 votes. Votes are open as of January 20 and will continue through the event.

Tickets to the event will go on sale February 10, 2014.

Community Entry Services is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 community-based organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to maximize independence and lead satisfying, productive lives. CES provides help to 65 Lander clients with job training and support; financial and academic skills; recreation opportunities; and daily living services.

The money raised at Dancing with the Stars Lander will be directed solely to the Lander program and clients.

Since 1975, Community Entry Services have helped people in Lander with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries live, work, and play as a part of the Lander community. Support services vary depending on client capabilities. Some live independently and work with Community Entry Services a few hours a week while others receive full-time services including housing, meals, therapy, and daily activities. Our critical needs this year are repairs and maintenance of our group homes and equipment for two of our job programs- Neat Repeat and Lander Recycling.