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Mid-Michigan celebrities compete for charity

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

UPDATE: The results of the Swingshift and the Stars competition are in.

  • First place: Brian Pruitt
  • Second place: Scot Johnson
  • Third place: Elissa Olsen
  • Fourth place: Lynn Schutter
  • Fifth place: Jeremy Bockelman
  • Sixth place: Kathy Conklin

More than $167,000 were raised for the six charities. The Midland Christian School raised the most with about $70,000.

The previous story is posted below.


“My robot is absolutely phenomenal,” said Brian Pruitt.

Pruitt is already practicing his dance moves for this year's Swingshift and the Stars competition.

“It's kind of tricky, you know, see that? It's kind of tricky. So they want to watch out for that,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt hopes his robotic dance moves will win him the champion title this year as he competes against five other stars and pros.

“I'm looking forward to meeting the other dancers but also the excitement we can bring to all the causes,” Pruitt said.

The dancers met to size up the competition, as well as prepare for the season ahead.

The competition, which pairs local celebrities with dancing pros, is in its third year in Mid-Michigan.

  • Scot Johnson - The Diaper Alliance
  • Kathy Conklin - Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership
  • Elissa Olsen - Children's Dyslexia Center
  • Brian Pruitt - Power of Dad
  • Lynn Schutter - Royal Family Kids
  • Jeremy Bockelman - Midland Christian Schools

Each team is dancing to raise money for a charity or organization

“We are hoping we can make a difference in the community. We can raise awareness as well as funds,” said founder Judy Harrison.

This year TV5's own Scot Johnson will be busting a move on the dance floor. He's teaming up to raise money for the Diaper Alliance.

“I'm really appreciative he stepped up to this role. It's a big commitment and we really appreciate what he's going to do,” said Debi Keyes with the Diaper Alliance.

And this year, be prepared for some new surprises.

What they are though, organizers are tight lipped

“Actually we have a couple things up our sleeve that I can't tell you yet,” Harrison said.

From the cha-cha to the samba, the dancers will put their moves to the test as the theme changes every month.

The first chance to watch these performers is Feb. 12.

Pruitt said he only has one thing to say to Scot, and the rest of the contenders: “Oh I would say, watch out. I'm pretty good.”

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