When the doors open at Riverside Theatre for the 10th annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars on Saturday evening, May 12, guests will swarm to this year’s presentation of a new feature….The Grand Raffle…Spirits for the Stars!

The Silent Auction, a popular main stay at the annual event was changed for this singular year to be the main feature of the special 10th Year Anniversary party which was held on April 20th at the Intergenerational Center.  And in its place, local food and beverage establishments in Indian River County happily donated premium wines, top shelf liquor and unique beer to be raffled off to one lucky ticket buyer!  Thanks to Sunshine Furniture, their donation of an exquisite reclaimed wood banquet table valued at $1100 will be added to the jackpot for one lucky ticket winner!

The Grand Raffle will be on display, with lighting design by Keith Frederick of LED Capstone, throughout the Cocktail Reception from 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. and tickets will be $20 each.  Cash is preferred but charge cards will be accepted. When making a purchase, individuals will have an opportunity to make their purchase in the name of one of our star dancers and each $20 ticket purchased will be votes in their name when added to their individual totals at time of judging. The winning ticket will be drawn on stage and announced just before intermission.  Winning ticket holder must be present to win.

The spirits, among others not mentioned, have been generously donated from Big Johns Western Wear-Ft. Pierce, Chelsea’s on Cardinal, Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Filthy’s Fine Cocktails and Beer, Green Marlin Restaurant and Raw Bar, JJ Taylor, Maison Martinique, Ocean Grill, The Grove, The Stamp, Walking Tree Brewery, members of the Dancing with Vero’s Stars committee and the Healthy Start Coalition Board of Directors. A special thanks to Two Men and a Truck.

This year’s dancers are Dr. Katya Bailor, Tammy Bursick, Ben Earman, Richard Giessert, Dr. Giuliana Diaz Jones, Tor Jones, Angela Novak, David Thomas, Ron Toperzer and Tracey Zudans.

 The 10th Anniversary of Dancing with Vero’s Stars is just around the corner, at Riverside Theatre, Saturday evening May 12.  Tickets are available but limited and can be purchased by visiting www.Dancingwithverostars.com or by visiting the Box Office at Riverside Theatre. The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to establish and support a local system of care that optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families living in Indian River County. Event proceeds will benefit Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre’s programs and services. For more event information, visit www.Dancingwithverostars.com. Or call 772-563-9118.

Photo and caption (photo by MaryAnn Ketchum)

This year’s co-chairs and former mirror ball trophy winners preview the exquisite reclaimed wood banquet table donated to the Spirits for the Stars by Sunshine Furniture. One lucky winner will win this table valued at $1100 (bench and models not included) and all the spirits on it when they buy a ticket for the Grand Raffle at this year’s 10th Anniversary of Dancing with Vero’s Stars on May 12 at Riverside Theatre.  Pictured on the banquet table in the Sunshine Furniture showroom is event co-chairs Karen Franke (2015 winner) and Lisa Thompson Barnes (2017 winner) on the bench.