Thank you to CASA’s Shooting Stars

CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties would like to extend our endless gratitude to everyone who helped to make our eighth annual Sandusky County Stars Dancing for CASA fundraiser successful. Funds raised from this event will be used to support volunteer recruitment, training and supervision. Our CASA volunteers are highly trained, committed individuals who are advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect.

Our appreciation extends to The Ballroom Co. in Maumee and instructors, Nicole Nieves, Kristin Rummell, Dave Ludlow, Andrea Rupley, Tom Williams, and the owner of The Ballroom Co., Gil Aromas. Each were paired with one of our local celebrity dancers, who were Jay Cullen, employee at 818 Club; Tony Taylor, Realtor at Howard Hanna and operator at Whirlpool Corp.; Christina Shoemaker, beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics; Chris Liebold, Fourth Ward councilman in Fremont; Lisa Shuey, workforce development and corporate partnerships at Terra State Community College; and Kelly Beeker, ongoing supervisor at Sandusky County Children Services.

This year, Tony Taylor was the People’s Choice winner, who gathered more than 1,951 votes, in dollars and seat credits! The Judge’s Choice went to Kelly Beeker and her instructor, Aromas, who danced the hip hop/cha cha mashup to “Ice Ice Baby/Jump/This Is How We Do It.” Jay Cullen was awarded CASA’s Biggest Supporter for his amazing work encouraging people to come to the fundraiser and his crowd rioting dance. Congratulations to all our winners and participants!

The evening’s entertainment was assisted by our phenomenal judges and witty masters of ceremonies. The judges were Markus Finley, Jennifer Szymanowski and Rebecca Huffman, and our masters of ceremonies were Jill Simpson and Ryan Zimmerman.

We also want to thank the following event sponsors and donors: Croghan Colonial Bank; Crown Battery; Eye Centers of Northwest Ohio; Jazzercise; Manbeck, Caputo, & Pifer Financial Services; StyleCrest; ProMedica Memorial Hospital; Sandusky County Juvenile Court; Automatic Fire Protection; North Coast Sealing Inc.; Terra State Community College; and Whirlpool Corp. Additional supporters were: Shayla Lauren Photography; Don Rawlins; Everyday Productions; Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed; The Cookie Lady; and It’s Just a Cookie. Immeasurable thanks to the additional supporters who dedicated their time and made donations in order to make this a successful evening of entertainment.

Events such as this, in addition to raising funds for our non-profit program, are instrumental in raising awareness of child abuse and neglect in our community. Volunteers always are needed to advocate for these children. Please contact our office if you are interested in learning more about CASA.

With much gratitude,

CASA of Seneca, Sandusky

and Wyandot Counties