If you go What: Dancing With the Broomfield Stars When: Sept. 20 VIP entrance at 5 p.m., general admission at 5:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Where: 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane Cost: $50 for general admission; $75 for floor seating; $1,000 for table sponsorship; $25 for 18 years nad younger. VIP ticket packages (Presenting, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper) include a VIP ticket that allows for early entry at 5 p.m. More info: Visit broomfieldfoundation.org
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Broomfield resident Lorrie Gypin could hardly contain her joy as she waited for Marianna Williamson, executive director of the Broomfield Community Foundation, ask a question Thursday evening.
Gypin and Williamson were meeting at North Side Tavern to discuss this September’s Dancing With the Broomfield Stars. Then, Williamson asked Gypin to join the lineup of dancers.
“I watch Dancing With the Stars all the time,” Gypin said. “I’ve danced before with my friend and I took a dance class somewhere and I used to dance onstage and Kathy used to watch me on stage.”
Gypin, a 52-year-old special needs woman, visited North Side Tavern three months ago for her birthday and told owner Steve Bauer about her love of the dancing show and her long-held wish to participate.
On Thursday, Williamson, executive director of the Broomfield Community Foundation, and Bauer, who volunteered to be Lorrie’s dance partner, asked if she would be interested.
“That’s what I wanted to hear, Dave,” she said to her caretaker, Dave Boyer, before clasping a hand to her mouth.
A group, including her guardian Kathy Gies, then fell to talking about what songs the duo could dance to, with selections from “Dirty Dancing,” “Fame” and “Footloose” among her favorites.
Boyer, a caretaker with Imagine, has been with Lorrie for 10 years. The two walk regularly, but now that the show is coming up, the exercise will increase “10-fold,” he said. Walking is great for Gypin, who has advanced osteoporosis, and will help increase her bone density.
Since it was hinted they might have a spot for her to compete, it has reinforced her self-esteem, which has in turn improved her self motivation.
“A lot of folks suffer from depression,” Boyer said, and things like being part of a show help combat that.
He and Bauer both love a lot of rock songs from the 1980s, but they want Gypin to choose the selection. Bauer, who plans to slip DWBS brochures into check-holders that are placed on customers’ tables, said everyone he’s mentioned it to at the restaurant, both the staff and customers, have been supportive.
“We’re in it to win it,” Bauer said.
Once a year, people who Imagine serves sit down with their entire care team, usually six to eight people, and come up with an individual program — a goal they want to achieve, Boyer said. Every year Gypin has the same dream.
“We do everything we can to make it happen,” Boyer said, including sending Gypin’s brother to Disneyland a few years ago.
Bauer opened North Side Tavern nearly three years ago with the idea it would become a community meeting place with a “Cheers” vibe.
“Part if that is giving back,” he said.
Seeing Gypin’s passion and how excited she was about this show, he called Williamson. When a dancer dropped out and a spot became open, the two began working on making that wish a reality.
“My dream was to have my own restaurant, and my dream came true,” Bauer said. “Now, I want to help others.”
A few weeks ago, the restaurant raised $3,000 for fire victims by hosting a motorcycle rally, grilling food and holding raffles.
Last year, Dancing With the Broomfield Stars sold close to 1,000 tickets, Williamson said, and this year she’d like to see 1,200 sold.
She also invited the stars to say a few words about a nonprofit that is close to their heart.
“I want the audience to know why we’re there,” she said, “and what that money does.”
Most dancers were named at the Heart of Broomfield Awards in April, but recruitment was still ongoing. One dancer who was named, but later was unable to be a part of the event, dropped out and left a spot that would be filled by Lorrie.
Nine community “stars” will compete this year — each with a professional dancer with the exception of Bauer and Gypin who will work with a choreographer.
“It’s neighbors who are going outside their comfort zone for a good cause, so we encourage people to come out and support them,” Williamson said. “The money is going right back into the community.”
Lorrie will help raise money for Imagine, a Lafayette-based nonprofit that serves Broomfield residents like Lorrie and her roommates.
The Foundation’s goal, Williamson said, is to raise $100,000. A campaign was launched this summer via iGive — a campaign that encourages people to give $30 a month or $365 a year to a cause. If 274 people signed up, it would raise $100,000.
“We’d love to get more sponsors on board,” she said, “and ask ‘what can your dollar-a-day do?'”
“Right now we’re doing a good job, but we want to do better,” she said.
Last year, the foundation awarded grants to 65 organizations. The deadline to apply for this season was June 1, and grant committee meetings have been reviewing applications.
FACE Vocal Band will perform a 30-minute concert while the ballots are tallied. TaRhonda Thomas of 9News will serve as emcee.