Dancing with our stars event

The Ohio River Valley American Red Cross invites the community to meet the new cast of Dancing With Our Stars 2017 at the “DWOS Kick-off” scheduled between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2016 at the SOMC Friends Community Center on 18th Street. The new line-up of ten couples is filled with an array of Star dancers from throughout the community. Three former dancers will return as Pro dancers and the group includes two husband and wife teams.

“As we prepare for our 100th Anniversary of the local American Red Cross, we decided to include our guests in the evening’s events as we “Dance through the Decades” with a “Dress to Impress” costume contest”, said Debbie Smith, Community Executive. “Although optional, we encourage everyone to dig out attire from the past 100 years”, she continued. The contest winner will receive two complimentary seats to the main event on March 25, 2017.

In addition to meeting the dancers and the costume contest, the evening includes light hors d’oeuvres provided by the Fork and Finger Café, The Hilltop Café and Deli, Port City Café and Pub, Sonora Mexican Grill, Hot Head Burrito and 83 Sweets. Music will be provided by DJ Franky Frank along with a cash bar and entertainment.

The complete list of the ten couples who will compete in Dancing with our Stars season 5 includes:

Rachel Perry, Senior Staff Accountant with Dever & Co Inc. and her husband Keenan Perry

Dr. Jerod Walker, physician Kings Daughters Medical Center Ohio and his wife Stacey Walker

Bryan Smith, Account Executive for Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, and Elizabeth Scott

Sean Boldman, American Family Insurance and Autumn Thompson Dowdy

Kevin Hoops, owner Impressive Studios and Sarah Martin

Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler, physician SOMC and Dr. John Turjoman

Toni Dengel, program officer, marketing Scioto Foundation and Chad Welch

Tarrah Bouts, owner Amelia Gray Skincare and Cosmetics and Aaron Payne

Martin Miranda, owner of Sonora Mexican Grill and Vicki Pierron

Stephanie Stanley assistant editor/staff writer Pike County News Watchman and Craig Conley

The Star dancer with the most fans present at the Kick-off will receive 1000 votes as they work for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Dancing With Our Stars resembles ABC Television’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” and features ten community members, known as “Star dancers”, who compete both on the dance floor and to raise money for the local Red Cross.

Now in its fifth season, Dancing with Our Stars is known for its sell-out crowd and generating funds to support the Red Cross programs in the community. All funds raised 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.

Dancing with our Stars 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th at the Friend’s Community Center. Ticket information will be available at a later date. For more event information visit the ORV Red Cross Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ORVredcross.

Kick off tickets are $10 per person and are available at the Red Cross office at 1801 Robinson Avenue or from any of the dancers or committee members. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event. For more information call 740-354-3293.