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Vanessa Macias and partner Ivan Ochoa celebrate winning the mirror ball trophy last year.
Vanessa Macias and partner Ivan Ochoa celebrate winning the mirror ball trophy last year.

Once Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong began boogieing for good causes in local dancing competitions about five years ago, he acquired a new appreciation for dancers.

“It’s as tough a sport as I’ve seen,” he said. “It should constitute my physical fitness exam for each year.”

Furlong is one of the celebrity dancers who have committed to returning to the second annual Dancing with the Stars: Carson City Edition on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Carson High School. He will join Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney, and other celebrity dancers still being rounded up for the fundraiser. Commitments have been made by; Carson High School math teacher Jennifer Walls, Carson Tahoe Cancer Research Center Supervisor Ann Proffitt, Carson City Mayor Robert Crowell, Adele’s Restaurant & Lounge owner Charlie Abowd, Nugget Casino General Manager Star Anderson, Carson City Supervisor Jim Shirk and meteorologist Jeff Thompson.

Lake Side Properties owner Kimberly Seifert was originally cast as a contestant, but instead, she will perform during a halftime ceremony. Her place in the competition will be filled by Susan Crowell, wife of the mayor.

Proceeds will help WNC nursing students attend the National Student Nursing meeting on April 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn., where they’ll receive leadership and scholarship opportunities, as well as tips for the NCLEX exam and disaster preparedness training.

“We are very excited as it is coming together,” said Ila Bottoms, WNC’s NSNA president who is helping organize the event.

Advance tickets can be purchased from the Associated Students of Western Nevada at WNC’s Carson City campus, 2201 West College Parkway, and the following Carson City and Gardnerville businesses: The Purple Avocado, 904 N. Curry St.; Yaples Ballroom Dance, 315 N. Carson St. and Especially For You, 1218 Eddy St.

A year ago, Furlong upped the stakes by challenging District Attorney Neil Rombardo to a personal competition.

“We had an absolute ball. We had a friendly political competition going on and that really added to the event,” Furlong said. “It was a lot of fun bantering back and forth about who was going to win.

The judges decided that neither Furlong nor Rombardo deserved bragging rights, leaving the friendly foes in a deadlock. Their subplot provided little challenge to Miss Carson City Vanessa Macias, who with her partner Ivan Ochoa claimed first place and the mirror ball trophy.

Without Rombardo in this year’s field, Furlong has set his sights on some new competition: Crowell and Abowd.

“We’re picking our battlegrounds now,” Furlong said. “I’ve seen the mayor dance, and he’s really good. He beat me once before, and I want a rematch.”

Furlong’s track record shows a willingness to organize and contribute to community events. Even though Carson City’s sheriff since 2003 admits that his dancing ability is so-so, he embraces the opportunity to do something positive for his community.

“Call me old-fashioned, but I do realize how much we can do in this community when we play together,” Furlong said. “Nurses, doctors, the arts, all of these folks kick in their part. For every ounce I give them, they give tons back.

“Public safety goes a long way when we have good relations in the community.”

Tickets will cost $15 at the door and will be available for $12 in advance. VIP tables that seat eight people are $400. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dancing starting at 7 p.m.


For updates on local celebrities being added to the event, Like Dancing with the Stars Carson City on Facebook.

Press Release: December 10, 2013

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