Dancing with Vero’s Stars was held Saturday evening, May 11 at Riverside Theatre while a torrential downpour outdoors coincided with thunderous applause, boisterous hoorays and raucous laughter inside the Theatre throughout the two plus hour show.

Ten local “star” dancers, matched with ten local dance instructors, dressed in tinsel and glitter, and danced with a lot of confidence as they performed their Tango, Cha-cha, Salsa, Charleston and Lindy Hop on the Riverside Stage.

Emceed by broadcasting veteran Hamp Elliot, and judged by the locally talented Lance Sexton, Donna Roberts Mitchell and Adam Schnell, the 600 ticket holders were treated to an evening of unparalleled entertainment presented by local non-profit, Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition. The end result was just under $200K for the Agency whose mission is to guarantee all Indian River County women access to prenatal care and all infants’ access to services that promote normal growth and development.

Top three winning couples: 2nd Runner-up Chris Bieber and Stefani Conrado; Top winners John Sarbak and Karren Walter; 1st Runner-up Deryl Loar and Patti Rooney

The Mirror Ball trophy went to Plastic Surgeon John Sarbak and his instructor Karren Walter. First Runner-up was Sheriff Deryl Loar and his instructor Patti Rooney; 2nd runner up was CenterState Banker Chris Bieber and his instructor Stefani Conrado. Highest Fundraiser was John Sarbak with a total of over $36K raised.  Best Dancer was a tie between Ace Hardware Owner John Talmadge and his instructor Amy Trammell and Blondies on Ocean Owner Trish Hickey-Reid and her instructor Tom Isola.

The other dancing couples included Attorney Adam Chrzan with instructor Terry Greene, Non-profit volunteer Page Curtis and instructor Barry Trammell, Inside Track AlmanacPublisher Kerry Firth and instructor Joe Wynes, Real Estate Broker Michelle Kantzler with instructor Freddy Vega, and former Mayor Mary Beth McDonald and her instructor Robert Scott.

Best Dancers: John Talmadge and Amy Trammell; Trish Hickey-Reid with Tom Isola

The selection process for the 2014 Star Dancers and Instructors will begin over the summer. Interested parties should contact Cheri at the IRC Healthy Start Coalition, 772-563-9118 to have their name placed on the prospective list.