Proceeds from the annual event benefit local youth
By Anna-Marie Menhenott
TREASURE COAST -- Several notables from the Treasure Coast are putting on their dancing shoes and heading over to The Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce to compete for bragging rights and a shiny mirror ball trophy.
The impressive cast of participants in this year's Dancing with PAL Stars, which include a police lieutenant, a CEO, a model and several business owners, are hard at work perfecting dances such as the Cha Cha and Fox Trot.
The historic Sunrise Theatre in downtown Fort Pierce will be the backdrop for the Police Athletic League's signature event to be held Sept. 21.
This year's lineup features eight local celebrities paired with professionals performing choreographed routines to raise money for the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League.
In the competition, Fort Pierce Police Lieutenant Rob Curry is dancing the Fox Trot with Megan Acosta; Tia Ashton, marketing and communications coordinator for Danny Adkins & Associates, is performing a Latin dance with Craig Galvin; Kate Citrone, volunteer with Ocean Chiropractic, is dancing the Cha Cha with Kevin Payne; Daniel Lee, Owner of Marcianne Group, is dancing the Tango with reigning pro champ Kristin Vennos; Marie Davi, practice administrator and director of Clinical Operations for Medstat Urgent Care Centers, is dancing the Rumba with Manolo Soler; Misty Gaddis, certified nurse practitioner with Corizon Health, is performing the Salsa with William Figueroa; Mel Liebman, owner of The Clock Shop of Fort Pierce, is performing a triple-play freestyle with Shiela Soler; and Tony Loupe, CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, is performing the Country East Coast Swing with Lisa Johns Grose.
Once again, the competition will be hosted by Hamp Elliot of WGYL-The Breeze radio and the dancers will be evaluated by returning judge Kathy Buchheit, local child advocate, and newcomers Eric Gill, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners public information manager; Linda Hudson, Fort Pierce Mayor; Ray Teet, owner of Cruise One in Palm City, and Jill Hanson, Dillards store manager.
Tickets cost $80 for VIP seating, which includes dinner between from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event, or $25 per person for general admission.
Tickets are available from any of the dancers or by calling the Sunrise Theatre box office at (772) 461-4775 and mentioning the name of the dancer you are supporting or visit the website at www.sunrisetheatre.com.
There will be an after party immediately following the performance and admission is $10. Tickets will be available the night of the event at the box office.
For more information about the Fort Pierce PAL, or to volunteer call (772) 466-0606.