The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has joined forces with five local cancer-fighting organizations to present Dancing With The Las Vegas Stars - A Battle Against Cancer. The inaugural event will be held Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m., in the Rain Nightclub at the Palms Resort & Casino.

Morning-shift KXPT-FM 97.1 disc jockey Steph MacKenzie will represent Speedway Children's Charities. MacKenzie has been taking lessons at Delgado Dance Studios in Las Vegas with her professional partner, Lupe Martinez.

"Participating in Dancing With The Stars has been so challenging and tons of fun, but more than all of that, it has been fun to let everyone know about Speedway Children's Charities and what it's all about," MacKenzie said. "I love entertaining and hosting events but dancing has been so different and out of my norm. What keeps me going is the story through dance and doing something so different for me - and of course raising money for such an incredible charity."

Along with MacKenzie, world champion boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will dance for The Caring Place, Mayor Oscar Goodman will dance for the American Cancer Society, disc jockey Chet Buchanan will dance for Susan G. Komen For The Cure, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie will dance for Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Foundation and actor-singer Brent Barrett will dance for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Master magician Lance Burton will serve as master of ceremonies.

The public's votes will decide the winner of the contest and votes will be sold through the event's website, www.dancingwiththelasvegasstars.com. Each vote will cost $1 and proceeds will go to the charity of the dancer's choice. Votes also will be sold for $1 each at the event. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster. The event is open to those 21 years and older.

The gala also will feature celebrity judges, including Robin Leach, comedian Louie Anderson, entertainer Frank Marino and Bryan Scofield. Performers at the event will include Phantom Of The Opera star Tina Walsh, Jersey Boys star Travis Cloer and dancer Tony Delgado. Delgado Dance Studios is providing the professional partners and choreographers for the dancing stars.

Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Last December, the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $290,000 to 57 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.