Dream of Appearing on TV’s ‘Stars’ Comes True Locally
Lorrie Gypin, a 52-year-old Broomfield woman who was born with developmental disabilities and epilepsy, has cherished a dream of being a dancer on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
This year, thanks to her dancing partner and owner of North Side Tavern Steve Bauer, she will get that chance, albeit locally.
Gypin, through Innovations/Imagine, a Lafayette and Longmont organization that serves people with disabilities, currently works full-time rolling silverware and cleaning Boulder-area restaurants. She has a passion for sports, puzzles, music and of course, dance.
“Lorrie is a kind and generous individual who is always looking for ways to help others and support those she lives with in her home,” Bauer said.
She is excited to have her dream come true while helping her community and others like herself.
Bauer and Gypin met one afternoon while she was dining at his restaurant.
He learned that each yearvia her individualized education plan through Imagine, Gypin’s goal was to be on TV and Dancing With the Stars.
A “light bulb went off” and he began making calls to see how he could help.
North Side Tavern has participated in Dancing With the Broomfield Stars in past years, as it is a great opportunity to give back to the community, he said.
In 2014, Bauer left his long-time corporate restaurant career to return to Colorado to spend more time with his son and aging parents. He decided to fulfill a dream of opening his own restaurant, closer to home and on his own terms.
Broomfield Community Foundation is thrilled to have both as participants, Executive Director Marianna Williamson said, and Bauer is grateful to be able to help Gypin’s dream come true, and that she has chosen to share her star moment dancing with him.