By Wayne Allen
Tickets for Second Annual Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross Dancing With Our Stars fundraising event in April are sold out.
“We gave our dancers first opportunity to sell sponsorships or purchase individual tickets. There were very few individual tickets this year, most of the tickets have been sold through sponsorships,” said Vicky Hatcher, event coordinator. “The support from the community on this has been amazing. We even expanded the seating to 494 and still sold out.”
She said they were able to expand seating this year because the dinner will be served to patrons. Last years dinner was a buffet.
“Everyone can still vote for their favorite dancers. If they really want to support the event, they can go online and vote on their star,” Hatcher said. “People wanting tickets can still call the Red Cross office to have their name put on the waiting list if tickets become available.”
She said the waiting list has about 20 names on the currently.
The local stars participating in this years event include, Gerald Cadogan, Jonathan Eaton, Dr. Jesse Houghton, Nicholas Fite, Turman Helton, Julie Blackburn, Taralyn Bernard, Gina Chabot, Francesca Hartop and Cheryl Mershon.
“Each of the stars will be helping to raise money for the event. How they do that is by votes, we need your support to help them be the winner of the trophy,” Hatcher said. “Each vote is in the form of a dollar that will be donated to the local chapter. You can also vote for your favorite star online.”
To support the stars online visit, www.crowdrise.com/2014ohiorivervalleydwos
Proceeds from the event will support local disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs through the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross .
The event will take place April 5 at the SOMC Friends Center in Portsmouth.
For more information visit the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross offices at 1801 Robinson Ave, in Portsmouth or call 740-354-3293.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT