Jim Hemig: I feel like dancing | TheUnion.com

Jim Hemig: I feel like dancing

Jim Hemig Publisher The Union
John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union

Yeah, it’s true. I’ve joined the dance crew for this year’s “Dancing with Our Stars.” This is the third annual event of the widely popular fundraiser for the Center for the Arts.

Why am I doing this? Well, anyone who knows me can confirm I’m more comfortable behind my desk at The Union newspaper than on stage dancing.

But the nonprofit Center for the Arts is a critical organization in our community. In fact, the Center hosts more than 150 events a year, bringing first class entertainment to an anticipated 170,000 people this year. And of the folks attending, more than 30 percent come from outside the area.

This makes the Center for the Arts an important factor in our tourism and economic success.

… I would like to ask each reader for only ONE DOLLAR to help put in an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift for stage access at the Center for the Arts facility.

The out-of-area visitors spend money at the Center, local restaurants, hotels, stores and even our gas stations.

So, when Julie Baker, executive director of the Center for the Arts, asked me to be involved, I said, “How can I help?” I didn’t expect her to ask me to dance!

I have been assigned a talented, young, gorgeous local dancer, Catie Cleary. She is no stranger to the stage, as a former Zumba instructor and as a dancer with Bow Tie Beauties Burlesque.

As a team, we’ll share our experiences in the pages of The Union, theunion.com and even Facebook. Catie will help keep me dancing with the proper technique. At least I hope so, since I have zero dance experience. And, as the guy in charge at the newspaper, I’d like to do what I can to help make this great nonprofit and economic contributor successful.

I’d like to ask you, The Union readers, to help me out with this.

You may remember last year I ran a column, as well as some ads, in support of the seat backs and cushions at the Veteran Memorial Auditorium for the Center for the Arts. The Union readers stepped up to the plate in a big way and provided the funding to put all those seat backs in. This has created a much more comfortable environment for over 300 events at the Vets Hall.

This time, instead of requesting $125 for a seat back I would like to ask each reader for only ONE DOLLAR to help put in an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift for stage access at the Center for the Arts facility.

Yes, you read that right, only ONE DOLLAR. If you have two readers in your household, you could send in two dollars, if you’d like. If every reader sent me one dollar, that would be enough money to put the lift in to provide universally accessible access to the stage at the Center for the Arts.

And yes, I’m serious. If you could mail me a dollar, or if you’d like to send a little more, that would definitely be appreciated. The address is The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945, attn: Jim Hemig/Dancing with Our Stars. I guarantee 100 percent of the money collected will go toward the Center for the Arts.

At the end of this Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser, I plan to run a full-page ad in the newspaper showing the new lift and listing all the people who contributed to making it possible.

So for one dollar you get to support a great cause and you get your name in the newspaper. It’s just that simple. If you don’t feel like mailing in a dollar, and you’re around town, drop by The Union office and bring the dollar in. I’d love to come up, shake your hand and thank you personally. And make sure I get your name for the full-page advertisement.

I pledge to do my best to entertain the community while I practice and rehearse and, of course, perform at the big show, as well as bring as much fundraising might to the event as possible.

To contact Publisher Jim Hemig, email jhemig@theunion.com or call 530-477-4299.

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