Second annual event held to raise awareness of Clerco, Inc.
Ten dance teams strutted their stuff for an enthusiastic crowd at the second annual Dancing with the Stars Extravaganza, held Friday, March 11 at the Eastgate Holiday Inn.
“It went wonderfully this year, everyone had a wonderful time,” Sharon Woodrow, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent said. “The dancers were great, and we had more than twice as many reservations this year as last year.”
Clerco, Inc., which provides meaningful and paid employment for individuals with developmental disabilities through its partnership with the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, presented the event as a fund-raiser and to raise awareness of the board’s services.
With 260 people in attendance at this year’s extravaganza, twice as much money was raised to support the board’s services.
Celebrity dance teams did their best to impress the judges and members of the audience, who voted for their favorite couples.
State Representative Joe Uecker and his dance partner Meredith Delaney won the dance contest and the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Other dance teams were Julie Graybill and Dan Ottke, Neil Leist and Candace Leist, Bob Proud and Karen Scherra, Ken Tracy and Jayne Mummert, Ralph Vilardo and Susan Vilardo, Stefanie Warren and Aaron Warren, Jeff Weir and Kelly Weir, Don White and Bonnie White, and Carl Woodrow and Kathryn Lachat.
The three celebrity judges at the event were Kathy Lehr, communications director for Clermont County; Jeff Bill, owner of the Dance Club in Withamsville; and Anne Erwin, the director of dance at the West Clermont Institute of Performing Arts at Glen Este High School.
Channel 9 meterologist Steve Norris was the master of ceremonies.
For more information about the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities or dancing at next year’s event, call (513) 732-7000 or visit www.clermontdd.org.