The planning committee for the IRC Healthy Start Coalition’s popular annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars is excited about this year’s 10th Anniversary event that will take place on the evening of Saturday, May 12 atThe Riverside Theatre, a community partner with the Healthy Start Coalition.

The committee’s annual Rah Rah Party was held in early January following the holiday period to help all star dancers and instructors get back on track in their training and fundraising for the final May event. Grind & Grape on Bouganvilla Lane were the hosts and sponsors of the party.

The event is chaired by former dancing stars Karen Franke and Lisa Thompson Barnes. Participating on the committee, in addition to Franke and Barnes, are Glenn Tremml, Andrea Berry, Cheri Sofia, Janay Brown,Bev and Marty Paris, Amanda Robinson, Natasha Potter, Steve Rennick, Nicki Maslin, Robyn Hjalmeby and Tiffany Corr

As in previous years, ten local stars have been matched with professional dance instructors. In addition to the ten dancing showcases, the event will also feature a pre-show stylish red carpet arrival, an entertaining and fully catered cocktail party with multiple open bars, and a deluxe dessert buffet at intermission.

For more information on Healthy Start and Dancing with Vero’s Stars, how to purchase tickets, make donations or purchase sponsorships, call 772-563-9118 or visit