Out & About: Dancing With Celebrities benefits Open Your Heart to a Senior
How do you keep the Dancing With Celebrities formula fresh? Start the show with a flash mob.
It worked Nov. 10 in the Antonelli Event Center in Irwin, as Open Your Heart to a Senior (formerly Faith in Action) kicked off its third annual celebrity dance-off.
About two dozen dancers from their 20s to their 80s primed the crowd for the main event with a fun and funky routine led by Laura Johnson and Mike Lorenz of Anytime Fitness in Irwin.
At the end of the night, Rosemary Spoljarick andDmitry Demidov took first place for their samba. Waltzing into second were Leslie Schupp and Chuck Watson . Jeffrey Siegwarth andLuanne O'Brien jived their way to third.
Other celebrities and their instructor-partners were John Molnar andLynne Preisser, Janna Cohen andLogan Badeau, Judy Lynn-Craig andAndrew Ferri, FatherDaniel Ulishney andAmy Blackburn, Jim Graham andJenn Davidson, Tom Charley andLori Anderson and Melissa Knapp Cermak andTim Meier.
EmceeRobert Mangino kept things moving. Amy Wadas, David Kay and Gene Goodjudged, while the crowd judged the judges with cheers and a few boos and catcalls.
Vicki Rudge, Kaaren Eastman, Katie Fritsch, Betty Griffith, Dianne Hu, Christina Jobe, Leyla Pilon-Sinclair, Rosemary Scardina, Jane Strittmatter and Mary Tarcy made up the event committee.
Seen: Bobbie Watt Geer, Jane Church, Tom andDee Sylvester, Mary Catherine Motchar, Barb Tomko, Karen Hochendoner, John andMary Smaligo and Open Your Heart to a Senior program directors Melaney Hegyes and Karen Horchak.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, email@example.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.