Event to support Police Athletic League
By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE - There's a special group of people stepping into their dancing shoes, all for the benefit of the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League.
For the third year, the Dancing With Our PALs event will raise needed funds to go toward the various programs PAL offers. This year it will be held at the Sunrise Theatre on Oct. 6.
"It's a lot of fun," said Anne Satterlee, communications and marketing manager for the city of Fort Pierce. "I've never danced like this before, so I didn't know what to expect."
Ms. Satterlee will dance the salsa. She's been practicing for about two months for the event.
"It's a lot of fun," she said. "My dance partner is great."
Joining her on the Sunrise stage will be Christine Filiberto, Dennis McWilliams, Howard Dunn Jr., Michael Dillhyon, Tonya Edenfield and Charlene Colucci, all doing a variety of dances.
The Fort Pierce PAL uses educational, athletic and recreational activities to build trust and understanding between young people and law enforcement. It serves more than 500 youth in the Fort Pierce area, and is supported by many volunteers from the community.
Some of the activities that PAL offers include: basketball, drama, after-school mentoring, summer camp, fishing clinics and educational field trips.
It soon plans to add soccer, T-ball and ballroom dancing to its already crowded schedule. The nonprofit is funded primarily through donations, fundraisers, grants and registration fees.
Treasure Coast Lexus is a major sponsor of the event, which is expected to draw as many people, if not more, as last year's event, where more than 250 residents came and supported their teams at the Fenn Center in Fort Pierce.
But even with all the fun practicing and glittery costume she plans on wearing, Ms. Satterlee knows her hard work is to benefit the children of Fort Pierce.
"Everyone who can should come out and support this," she said. "It's for a great cause."
Dancing With Our PALs will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 6 at the Sunrise Theatre, 117 South 2nd St. in Fort Pierce.
Tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $80 and include dinner and after party tickets at the Black Box are $10.
For more information, call (772) 461-4775 or go online to www.fortpiercepal.com.