Local celebs put on dancing shoes for CAA

Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom

Who will be voted Cincinnati’s best celebrity disco dancer? 
 Find out when the Cincinnati Arts Association celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Dancing for the Stars fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit CAA’s Overture Awards, the nation’s largest locally run high school arts scholarship competition, as well as arts education programs.

Each of the eight contestants will be paired with a professional dancer in a 90-second disco routine.

Celebrity competitors are:

  • Dr. Stephen Beck, chief medical information officer for Mercy Health
  • Eric Combs, trial lawyer and partner at Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Casey Hilmer, founder and co-owner of Power Ryde
  • Jamie Humes, vice president of marketing for Traditions Building & Development Group
  • Jay Lame, financial analyst with Lenox Wealth Management
  • Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County coroner
  • Conrad Thiede, director of gifts for Cincinnati Public Radio
  • Dr. Marianna Vardaka, an obstetrician-gynecologist

The dance pros will be Doreen Beatrice, Leigh Bradshaw, Bonita Brockert, Desiree Mainous, Jeremy Mainous, Jozsef Parragh, Josh Tilford and Alyenendrov “Lenny” Tsorkean.

The evening will also include a silent auction, a performance by a 2016 Overture Award dance finalist, a pre-event reception and wine tasting, small bites by Cincinnati restaurants and caterers, and open dancing before and after the competition.

Hosts are Chris O’Brien and Janeen Coyle (“Married With Microphones,” 103.5 WGRR-FM). Judges are Douglas Beal, Joe Rigotti and Doug Bolton.

The planning committee consists of co-chairs Dr. Tracey Skale and Phil Schworer, both former winners, Christina Bolden, Terry Foster, Sue Gilkey, Jim Howland, Ginger Loftin, and Rosemary Schlachter.

Presenting sponsor is TriHealth. Other sponsors are Arthur Murray Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ballroom Company, Crest Graphics, Pebble Creek Group, Bonita Brockert, Jozsef Parragh, Phoenix Rising Ballroom and Josh Tilford.

Tickets are $150. Info: 513-977-4188 or CincinnatiArts.org

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