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Wayne Allen


PDT Staff Writer


The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross’s Dancing With Our Stars event is approaching and more details have been released about the event.


The local stars participating in the event include Jason Hanley, Owner of Party Pros, Marty Redden, Fire Safety/Emergency Management Manager at USEC, Elizabeth Blevins, Director of Communications for Shawnee State University, Barb Borden-Gibson, Project Director of the Scioto County WIC Program/Registered Dietician, Wendi Waugh, Administrative Director of Southern Ohio Medical Center Cancer Services and Community Health and Wellness.


Elizabeth Scott, Community Relations, Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, Jeremy Burnside, Attorney, Clyde Fenton, Optometrist/Band Leader, Nathan Bennington, DO, Diagnostic Radiologist SOMC and Amy Hassel, Owner/Stylist Gabby’s Grand Salon.


“Each of the stars will be helping to raise money for the event. How they do that is by votes, we need your support to help them be the winner of the trophy,” Vicky Hatcher, event coordinator said. “Each vote is in the form of a dollar that will be donated to the local chapter. You can also vote for your favorite star online. You can stop in at the Red Cross office on Robinson Ave. and cast your vote or you can support some of the stars individual fundraising activities.”


Accompanying the stars will be local processional dancers.


The professional dancers include, Chanan Brown, a student at Shawnee State University who will be dancing with Elizabeth Scott, together they will be doing a tango.


Dianne Coriell, the President of the Portsmouth Chapter of USA Dance, will be dancing with Marty Redden and Jason Hanley. With Redden, the two will be dancing a Waltz/Rumba and with Hanley they will be doing a swing dance.


Debbie Kielmar, supervisor of Group Fitness at the SOMC Life Center, will be dancing with Bennington and they will be doing a Hip-Hip dance.


Dan Gray has six years experience in ballroom dancing and his favorite dance style is rumba. Gray will be dancing with Wendi Waugh and they will be doing the Cha-Cha.


Kyle Purdin, a student at Shawnee State University where he is studying chemistry, will be dancing with Liz Blevins and they will be doing a funky dance.


Lois Rase is the owner of Rase’s Dance, Flip, & Twist and teaches tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling and ballroom will be dancing with Clyde Fenton. They are planning to do a swing dance.


Derek Rowe is a student at Shawnee State University and resident of Wheelersburg. Derek enjoys adagio, tango and swing dance styles, he will be dancing with Barb Gibson and they will be doing a disco dance.


Autumn Thompson has ten years experience in dance, aerials, tumbling and circus arts with Cirque d’Art Theater in Portsmouth. She will be dancing with Jeremy Burnside and they will be doing a Polka.


Dr. John Turjoman is a local pediatrician with extensive experience in ballet and is a professional dancer. He will be dancing with Amy Hassel and they will be doing the Paso Doble.


On of the judges for the event is James Dalton, a Portsmouth resident who breeds and exhibits top winning show dogs who have achieved success all over the world, including Westminster and Eukanuba winners here in the USA.


Sondra Hash is the program director for Compass Community Health Care Center in Portsmouth and will also be juding. Also judging is Andy Schmidt, a Service Manager at Glockner Honda/Toyota in Portsmouth.


Featured entertainment for the event is scheduled to be Dr. Stanley Workman, Jr., a full-time instructor at Shawnee State University and the director of music at Second Presbyterian Church.


Also featured will be Becky Climer, Director of Music at Cornerstone United Methodist Church who directs the Chancel Choir and Adult Handbell Choir and serves as pianist for the Praise Team.


Bob Mascari and Carol Mascari and the Cirque d’Art Theatre from the non-profit multi-disciplinary performing arts program incorporating instruction in dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and circus aerials will also entertain.


The event has been sold out for weeks, but the Red Cross is taking the names of those interested in tickets to be placed on a waiting list in case any become available.


The event will take place March 22 at the SOMC Friends Center starting at 6 p.m. with Hors d’oeuvers with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m.


To vote for for your favorite star visit american.redcross.org/orvcdwos or visit the Red Cross office at 1801 Robinson Ave. Portsmouth.


For more information visit the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross offices at 1801 Robinson Ave, in Portsmouth or call 740-354-3293.


Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com.

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