The stars were out in Portsmouth, Ohio, this spring as the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its first “Dancing with Our Stars” – an event where local “celebrities” were tasked with showing off their best dance moves, all while raising money for a very worthwhile cause.
Ten local stars were paired with professional and semiprofessional dancers from the area and given the challenge of both showing off their fancy footwork in front of a live audience and collecting the most $1 dollar votes for their efforts.
The star dancer who collected the most votes won the coveted Champion Trophy. A People’s Choice award was given the evening of the show to the dancing couple that collected the most popular votes during the event.
The Champion Trophy was awarded to Amy Hassel and her partner Dr. Jon Turjoman for raising the most money and the People’s Choice Award was given to Dr. Nathan Bennington and his partner Debbie Kielmar.
The local celebrities and their dance partners in the female category were Liz Blevins and Kyle Purdin, Elizabeth Scott and Chanan Brown, Barb Gibson and Derek Rowe, Wendi Waugh and Dan Gray, and Amy Oberling Hassel and Dr. Jon Turjoman. The male category included Dr. Nathan Bennington and Debbie Kielmar, Jeremy Burnside and Autumn Thompson, Dr. Clyde Fenton and Lois Rase, Marty Redden and Dianne Coriell, and Jason Hanley and Dianne Coriell.
Proceeds from the event will help fund various Red Cross programs designed to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies in both the Pike and Scioto County areas.
Next year’s show is already in the works and scheduled for April 4, 2014, at the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Friends Center. For more information or to sponsor the event, please contact the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at 740-354-3293, via Facebook at facebook.com/orvredcross, or at www.redcross.org/oh/portsmouth.