The Autism Alliance of Michigan’s Upbound at Work disability employment program has been selected as one of the featured Non-Profit competitors for the 2019 SwingShift and the Stars Season in Traverse City! 

Upbound at Work has partnered with local Traverse Bay area companies to increase diversity employment in the region over the past two years. Upbound at Work’s mission is to connect talented individuals with disabilities to great companies.

The unemployment rate for people with autism and related disabilities is 80-90%, yet reliable candidates with technical skills and great abilities are overlooked in the recruiting process.

To raise funds to support staffing this unique initiative in the Traverse Bay area we need your help!

  1. We need votes.
  2. We need sponsors.
  3. We need you to join in the fun, in the dancing.
  4. We need you at our event.

If you can not attend you can still support these efforts with a donation.

Sponsorship Levels

Premium Sponsor – $5,000
  • 1 Table on the dance floor (8 seats)!
  • Hors d’oeuvres trays and 2 bottles of wine
  • Personalized recognition signage with table decor
  • Social media promotion with live postings during the event
  • Mention in AAoM generated press release
  • Promotion at Charity event table
  • 16 drink tickets
  • Memento
VIP Sponsor – $500
  • 2 VIP perimeter seats
  • VIP memento bag
  • Mention in AAoM generated press release
  • 4 drink tickets
  • Social media promotion
Individual Ticket – $100
  • Individual ticket
  • Visit the Charity Event table for free promotional item and 2 drink tickets

Choose an event!

Dance Competition

September 20th, 2019 @ 6:30pm

City Opera House – Traverse City, MI

Meet Our Contestants

Logan Hunter

Logan is a native and graduate of Kalkaska High School, Manufacturing Technology Academy, and a 2018 graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Currently Logan is the sole Design Engineer for Skilled Manufacturing Inc.’s Automotive Division in Traverse City. Logan enjoys trouble-shooting engineering fixes, as well as diving into many topics of interest in his spare time. Prior to working with Upbound at Work, Logan wasn’t confident that he would find a career track job after graduation, growing up with multiple health issues and disabilities including hearing impairment and autism. Today, Logan is dancing to represent Upbound at Work, challenging himself and the community to be inclusive and to consider unique demonstrations of talents and abilities. Dancing is exactly the place to consider just how boring life would be if everyone were exactly the same!

Christie Jenuwine

Christie is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, Theater, & Dance. She is a dynamic, tenacious professional with years of strong sales experience, paired with a deep knowledge of the media, entertainment, hospitality, music, yoga and cigar industries.

Lip Sync Competition

November 15th, 2019 @ 6:30pm

City Opera House – Traverse City, MI

Meet Our Contestant

Jacque Gibson

Born and raised in Southern California, Jacques trained in Jazz,  with the Palm Springs Dance Company, under Tiane Saunders. He has performed on stage for:  College theatre (College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA), Community Theatre (McCullum Theater, Palm Desert, CA), as well as, concerts, private events, and fashion shows. Jacques taught Dance, as an academic elective, as well as, an after school dance and drill team program, for Cahuilla Desert Academy, in Coachella, CA. He also taught Hip-Hop for Cathedral City, California Community Dance Program. Since moving to Michigan, have performed the last 4 years at Bras-for-a-Cause. Regarding Upbound at Work Jacques loves to participate in anything that helps raise funds and awareness for a good cause!

Thank you to our amazing title sponsor RJG!

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