Six teams will take the dance floor this weekend for a great cause. Come out and support local celebrities as they help raise money for CASA, an organization who advocates for abused and neglected children that enter the legal court system.
Want to Go?
WHAT: Stars Dancing for CASA Fundraiser
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13
WHERE: The Heights (also know as the American Legion Hall), 2000 Buckland Avenue, Fremont
COST: $30 per person
“We have chosen six celebrities from the community and they have been paired up with instructors from two Sandusky dance studios, Dance N Style and Black Tie Dance Studio,” said Manbeck.
The pairs include: Mike Willis (captain of Sandusky Township Fire Department) and Andrea Mathews (Dance N Style instructor), Joyce Huntley (public relations for WSOS Community Action Commission) and Michael Walker (director of Dance N Style), Kim Lamb Bratic (sergant in the National Guard) and Timothy Nyman (owner of Black Tie Dance Studio), Tim Cullen (Bishop Hoffman Catholic School superintendent) and Laura Fuhr (assistance director of Dance N Style), and Melanie Mischler (manager of Key Bank, Fremont) and Walker.
“We ask them [the dancers] before the event to go around and receive donations from the public. One dollar is one vote,” said Manbeck. Then during the competition, CASA personnel walk around taking more money, and the dancing pair who raises the most money, “they win the people’s choice award.”
There are three judges that will be adding to the fun throughout the evening and they are Tina Melchiori, a previous winner of the people's choice award, Dean Schneider, Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Fremont and returning judge Bob Bratton, Village of Genoa Police Chief.
The job of the judges is to make comments about the performances and just have fun with the evening. “At the end of the event, the judges will vote on their favorite couple and that winning couple will win the Judges' Choice Award,” said Manbeck.
Raffles and other fun activities will be happening during the competition. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as raffle items such as: 18 holes of golf with cart for four at Fremont Country Club, a 22 inch flat screen TV, fishing charter on Lake Erie for two by Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing Charters, two hours of dance instruction and other great prizes.
Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served and a cash bar will be available.
“It is a blast, you are guaranteed to have a good time,” said Manbeck.
This event, though fun and one of Sandusky County’s most anticipated and popular events, is really all about the children. “It come down to being all about what we can do to make our community safer for our precious children,” said Manbeck.
So what is CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. “We recruit people and train them to advocate for abused and neglected children in the courtroom” explained Manbeck. CASA serves in three counties: Sandusky, Wyandot and Seneca.
What this means is that after permission is granted by the judge CASA appoints a volunteer to go in and study the case. “They study all the information about the child, and circumstance and then present this information to the judge,” said Manbeck. All advocates are volunteers.
“This [event] gives anyone an opportunity to give towards the abused and neglected children in our community,” said Manbeck.
Half of the 300 tickets available for purchase have already been sold. Call the CASA office in Fremont 419-355-1442 or in Tiffin 419-448-1442 to reserve your tickets before the event is sold out.