The Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre are partnering again as they present the 8th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars.  It will be held at Riverside Theatre on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

“Our partnership with Riverside Theatre continues to be extremely successful for both of our non-profit organizations.  Our new cast of dancers and instructors are very exciting and our plans for this coming year’s event are well on the way” comments Kathie Cain, Executive Director of IRC Healthy Start Coalition.

Jon Moses, Riverside Theatre’s Managing Director agrees. “We are now in the third year of this event partnership and having the ability to produce this amazing event for the community is an honor for us.  Our entire staff continues to create new ideas for the May event, allowing us to showcase our local dancing stars with a high quality production.”

The event is chaired by former dancing stars Karen Franke and Adam Chrzan (who also sits on the board of directors). According to Franke, “Adam and I think that our individual styles of leadership, within the committee, will be strongly reflected in this year’s dancer selections as well as the overall event.” As in previous years, ten local stars will be matched with professional dance instructors. In addition to the ten dancing showcases, the event will also feature a stylish red carpet arrival, an entertaining cocktail party and a silent auction.

Star dancers, paired with their instructors, will train for a minimum of 20 hours over several months and gather community votes in advance of the evening on the website, (now under construction) and then later at the dance competition itself. Each $1 raised will equate to a vote for the dancer.  All dancers will be judged on 50% money raised for Healthy Start Coalition and 50% based on their dancing skills. The official announcement of the 2016 star dancers paired with their professional dance instructors will be made in mid-November following the official Meet & Greet mixer.

For the second year, Dancing with Vero’s Stars is partnering with the Indian River Photo Club and Club photographers responsible for covering all facets of the event are Richard and Marcia Robertson and past club president Billy Ocker.

We hope to bring Interested in more information? Interested in sponsorship opportunities?  Contact the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition at 772-563-9118. The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to offer a broad spectrum of programs to assure every pregnant woman and their young children receive necessary healthcare and support services. The vision is to have the healthiest babies born in the State of Florida and the passion and foundation in everything they do is to help mothers and their infants. Proceeds from this event will benefit Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre’s programs and services.


Photography by Richard Robertson/Indian River Photo Club

Photo left to right-Jon Moses, Patti Rooney, Karen Franke, Kathie Cain and Adam Chrzan: