over 820 people attend, more than $340,000 raised
ABOVE VIDEO: It was a record night in front of a record crowd at the fourth annual “Dancing for the Space Coast” charity event Saturday night from Florida Tech’s Clemente Center.
Jessica Andre, Ryan Firth Crowned Co-Champions
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA– On Saturday night the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Fourth Annual “Dancing For the Space Coast” that was attended by over 820 people and raised over $340,000.00 to support 4 incredible local charities.
The proceeds of “Dancing For The Space Coast” go to help three new charities each year that are selected from three different categories, a charity that helps children, a charity that helps prevent crime and a charity that helps support the arts in Brevard County.
This year, 90 percent of the proceeds from last night’s event go to the Crosswinds Youth Services, Space Coast Field of Dreams, and the Five Community Theatre Organizations in Brevard County.
The remaining 10 percent will go to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity that helps Public Safety Officers throughout Brevard County in a time of need.
The true “Stars” of the evening were the Celebrity Dancers who each committed their time and energy to raise funds for the event. This year’s Celebrity Dancers included Rene Plasencia, Shayla Murray, Steve Phelps, Adrian Laffitte, Micah Loyd, Rich Hensel, Ryan Firth, Jessica Andre, Steve Heron and Mary Goodwin.
Each dancer was paired with a ballroom instructor who graciously donated a large portion of their time to support one of the largest and most successful fundraisers of the year.
This year we had a tie for First Place which went to Jessica Andre and Ryan Firth with 2nd Place being claimed by Micah Loyd.
A big thank you goes out to Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom, Ladonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville, and Primo Garcia, Heidi Arnold, Lance Sexton, Elena Johnson-Sexton, from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic and Hannah Packard out of Orlando.
Without their incredible support, this event would not be as successful. I would like to also thank everyone from our agency and the many volunteers who made this event possible.
And of course a special thank you to all of our very gracious sponsors for the event who include our Premier Title Sponsor, Harris Corporation, our Main Sponsors, Florida Institute of Technology, Frogbones and of course Space Coast Daily, C & R Designs Printing, Herndon’s Classic Wood Flooring, Southeast Petro, Community Champions, Bansbach Easylift, Eau Gallie Florist, Luke & Associates, Island Lincoln Jaguar Range Rover and many many more.
As I always say, “it takes a community to protect a community” and the success of this event is a testament to what happens when citizens work together to make their community the greatest place ever to call home!!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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