Dancing with Our Stars benefits Meals on Wheels

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Ed Godby-Schwab and Julie Schnieders, the overall winners last year. (Submitted photo)

Ed Godby-Schwab and Julie Schnieders, the overall winners last year. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

Hamilton County “celebrities” will put their ballroom moves on a public display for a good cause.

The second Dancing with Our Stars presented by St.Vincent is set from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. The ballroom dancing event benefits Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County

“The show is very loosely based on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” said Beth Gehlhausen, executive director of the Noblesville-based Meals on Wheels. ”We pair local celebrities, they’re people in the community so they may not be know by everybody but lots of people may know them and we pair them up with a professional. We pay for 10 lessons and if they want to continue, that’s up to them and their dancer.”

Gehlhausen said among the dances performed last year were East Coast Swing, a foxtrot, a samba and a waltz.

“Our suggested vote (donation) is $25 or higher but we have people vote using all kinds of amounts,” Gehlhausen said.

The People’s Choice winner last year was Jeff Warner from Kapp, Sapper & Miller, and he raised more than $6,700.

Gehlhausen said the event raised more than $24,000 last year for Meals on Wheels. Her goal is to raise $40,000 this year.

The professional dancers include: Ed Godby-Schwab, Rob Jenkins, Diana Miller, Scott Shook, Yulia Shook, Xavier Medina, Eric Byers and Melissa Jenkins. Hamilton County “celebrities” include, Monica Peck (Hare Chevrolet), Lynsay Clutter-Wilson (former WTHR-13 anchor), Tony Elliot (Fishers Parks Dept.), Breanna Moore (St.Vincent, Fishers), Dan LaReau (St.Vincent, Carmel), Nancy Lutz (former owner/Lutz Steakhouse), Bali Heir (Kreig DeVault) and Mark LaBarr (Duke Energy).

To purchase tickets for the business-casual event, donate, or vote visit www.wedoauctions.net/dancingwithourstars. For more information, call Meals on Wheels at 776-7159.

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