Dancing Under the Stars 2019

By June 28, 2019No Comments

Please Help Us Help Others!!!

I wanted to let you know that me and three of my great friends Rob Gardner, Ric Selby, and Jim Fox have volunteered this year to participate in year ‘s Dancing Under the Stars event (Think Dancing With The Stars on TV) on Friday, August 2, at LaMalfa in Mentor Ohio.

Last year Dancing Under the Stars celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary! In the last 10 years, they’ve had 108 Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula area celebrities compete for our awards and raise valuable funds for local agencies—11 of these brave celebrities even danced a second time in the 2014 All Star Event. Since 2009, they’ve had 53 local professional dancers supporting the celebrities. And thanks to their efforts, this event has raised over $416,000 since 2009!

This year Dancing Under the Stars is supporting Lifeline, Inc. and the Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio, a division of Signature Health. Lifeline and Family Planning are two organizations serving residents to enrich their quality of life. Lifeline is our local community action agency, which leads the community in the fight against poverty by offering programs and opportunities to empower our residents to achieve self-sufficiency. Family Planning provides communities (Ashtabula, Geauga, & Lake Counties) with medical services, counseling, and education related to sexual and reproductive health care.

Due to the economic crisis facing the county 11 years ago, there was a new face of need within our communities. More middle class families were finding themselves without healthcare and in jeopardy of losing their homes through foreclosures. These organizations teamed up in an effort to expand the capacity for fun development. Dancing Under the Stars is a Premier event to address the continued need for funding to meet community needs. Dancing Under the Stars invites up to 12 community, civic, political, and corporate celebrities (like me) who will attempt to outshine one another in a dance contest. The event is an elegant evening of food, fun, and dancing!

Join me to watch Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula area celebrities dance to compete for the Peoples’ Choice, Judges’ Choice and Star of the Night Awards this year! 

Competing this year are:
Ric Selby, Partner, Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., along with his band, Jeff Tomaszewski, Jim Fox and Rob Gardner
Shawn Barbo, Service Representative, Brunners Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center

Zak Benmerzouga, Global Project Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation

Ryan Gilkerson, On-Air Talent WUVO 95.9 FM

Deborah Hardy, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning and Dean of Faculty, Dean of Health Technologies, Lakeland Community College

Michele Johnson, Financial Adviser, Lighthouse Advisers

Jay McDonald, Program Manager, Leadership Lake County 

Sanjay Parker, Founder and CEO, Knowtion

Roger Principe, Community Volunteer

Vanessa Purdef, Owner and Photographer at Vanessa Purdef Photography, LLC

Jennifer Ross, Chiropractic Physician, Aligned Chiropractic

Kristen Sironen, Receptionist, Jenniffer and Company

Lastly, I’m asking you to help my team in our fundraising efforts at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/RicSelby/Dancing-Under-the-Stars-2019
Each celebrity has committed to raising awareness and funds for Life Line and Family Planning.
If you’d be so kind to donate, $10, $50, $100, whatever you feel comfortable with, I sure would appreciate it. As you know, I’m a bit competitive so what better way to use that competitive drive than for raising funds for these great organizations! Be sure to click on Rick Selby to donate on behalf of our Team!


We are also hosting a “Celebrity” Bartender night on Friday, July 19 at Bistro 70 located at 70 N. St Clair St Painesville, Ohio 44077. If you want to have a great night out and help raise funds for Lifeline and Family Planning be sure to check it out!
It would mean the world to me to have your support and if you’d like to see us live in action, then I hope to see you on Friday, August 2 at LaMalfa in Mentor, Ohio!

Tickets are available at https://www.dancingunderthestars.info/

Chief Break Dancer,