The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross introduced the 2017 Dancing with our Starts (DWOS) participants to the community on Friday during their annual kickoff event.
The 2017 lineup of DWOS dancers and partners include Sean Boldman partnered with Autumn Dowdy; Tarrah Bouts and Aaron Payne; Toni Dengel and Chad Welch; Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler and Dr. John Turjoman; Kevin Hoops and Sarah Martin; Martin Miranda and Vicki Pierro; Rachel Perry and Keenan Perry; Bryan Smith and Elizabeth Scott; Stephanie Stanley and Craig Conley and Dr. Jerrod Walker with Stacey Walker.
“I heard that Sean is really goofy so I’m hoping he can focus and learn. He promised to do whatever I asked him to so I think that’s good,” joked dancer Autumn Dowdy. Dowdy will be performing with Sean Boldman. “We haven’t got to practice yet, but half of the routine already chereographed, that’s a headstart.”
Dancers will spend several months learning a routine, which they will perform at the Dancing With Our Stars 2017 event on March 25. Throughout their time as Stars, they will also be competing to see who can raise the most money for the American Red Cross.
“I think we’re going to have a wonderful season for Dancing with Our Stars this year, we have ten wonderful dancers they’ve all been very competitive and they’ve had a lot of wonderful events and there are a lot more coming up. I would just keep watching for things and upcoming events from our dancers,” said Chapter Executive, Debbie Smith.
The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the DWOS event will be awarded the fundraising mirror ball trophy.
There are a number of ways the community can help their favorite star, the most important include attending fundraisers and casting votes. Each vote is in the form of a dollar, which will be donated to the local chapter. Online voting is available at www.crowdrise.com/dwosORV2017.
Funds raised by votes and dancers will support of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. This funding allows the Red Cross to provide local disaster prevention, preparation, and relief programs. The funding also allows for the continuation of training in first aid, CPR/AED classes as well as a number of other services and programs.
For more information on the organization or event, visit the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross on Facebook, or at their offices, located at 1801 Robinson Ave, in Portsmouth, or call 740-354-3293.
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