John Talmadge, owner of ACE Hardware stores in Vero Beach, held their Annual Cookout on Saturday, January 11 to benefit Dancing with Vero’s Stars and the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition. The event commemorated the year-end clearance sale for the store and the proceeds from the cookout were donated to Healthy Start.

At the Cookout Booth…. Front row: L to r: Brenda Lloyd, star dancer Joan Busch and Kathie Caine Back row: L to r: Keith Smith, Cheri Dietrich, Sal Sofia, star dancer Dr. Alan Durkin and John Talmadge

Members of the non-profit, aided by several of the star dancers and board members turned out to support the cause and helped to raise over $350 that ACE Hardware donated.

Tickets for Dancing with Vero’s Stars, to be held at Riverside Theatre on Saturday evening May 10, are now on sale at $200 for Exclusive seating, $150 for Premium seating and $100 for General seating (while they last). They may be purchased by visiting the Riverside Theatre Box Office in person, calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office directly at 772-231-6990, or visit

The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to provide an integrated system of individual community driven health education services united to assure all women access to prenatal care and all infant’s access to services that promote normal growth and development. For more information on the Healthy Start Coalition call 563-9118. For more information on Dancing with Vero’s Stars, visit