By Terri Spilman
Local celebrities are putting on their dancing shoes to benefit the Riley Hospital Foundation in the inaugural “Reason to Dance, Reason for Hope” ballroom dance competition modeled after the popular “Dancing with the Stars” television show.
The inaugural fundraising event will take place at the Indiana Roof Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., March 13, and will include a silent auction followed by a three course dinner, celebrity ballroom dance competition and open dancing. Plans call for the event to be simulcast to Riley inpatients who will have gotten a chance to vote for their favorite celebrity.
Reason to Dance organizers, Global Health Systems, Inc. Founder and CEO, Damon Greeley and his wife Tamra kicked off the event with a Meet and Greet at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Carmel, also a sponsor of the event which will serve as the training ground for the celebrity dancers that include Kristin Kane, Morning Anchor Fox59; Michael Henrich, Morning Reporter and fill-in anchor, Fox59; Cristina Goebel, Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader and Zionsville native; John Schneider, CSX railroad police department; Alicia Schulhof, Senior Vice President of Continuous Process Improvement for Indiana University Health; Heather Stopczynski, On-air Personality at 97.1 HankFM and Dr. Tom Ferarra.
Fred Astaire owner, studio director and dance instructor Dan Rutherford and his staff are prepared for the challenge and are excited at the opportunity to raise funds for the care of patients and families at Riley. “The coolest thing that we can do is to be able to help the kids. As you know we have a Riley hospital in Carmel. My staff knows why we are doing this, they are excited about being able to help the kids.”
Fred Astaire Dance Studio is also offering a free dance lesson for every $25 contribution to the Riley Hospital Foundation made at their studio on 116th Street. Rutherford said, “We’re hoping to give away a lot of lessons so we can raise a lot of money for Riley. It should be a lot of fun.”
To vote for your favorite celebrity, purchase tickets to the event or become an event sponsor, visit www.reasontodance.org.