Dancing with the Stars for Charity delivers $13,000 to recipients

From left, Joye Andrews and Rebecca Bazzoni (Joe's Kids) accepted a donation of $1,600 from "Dancing with the Stars for Charity" champions Trace Hansen (Eastlake Skating Center) and Karri Morgan (Warsaw Community Schools). Photo provided.
News Release

WARSAW — “Dancing with the Stars for Charity” took place at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center in late March, marking a remarkable celebration of community spirit, dazzling dance performances, and philanthropy. The one-night-only extravaganza delivered an unforgettable evening of talent and generosity to a near sell-out crowd.

Nine teams, comprised of enthusiastic community members and dedicated staff from Warsaw Community Schools, graced the stage to support local charities. The event stood out not only for its star-studded lineup but also for the meaningful collaboration between community members and school staff.

The dance performances were nothing short of spectacular, thanks to the choreography expertise of students enrolled in the Warsaw Community High School Dance program. These talented students worked tirelessly to ensure each routine was a perfect blend of creativity and precision.

What made the event even more remarkable was that over $13,000 was raised, with 100% of all ticket proceeds donated to 11 local charities.

Among the beneficiaries, Joe’s Kids received a $1600 donation thanks in part to their designated team winning the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Each of the other represented charities (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Cardinal Services, CASA of Kosciusko County, Combined Community Services, Kate’s Kart, Kosciusko Community Trap Neuter Return, Magical Meadows, and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts) received a donation of $1300. Additionally. the WCHS dance department also received $1300 as a small token of appreciation to be used for future dance recitals.

Fans in attendance were treated to a diverse array of dance styles, from elegant ballroom to energetic hip-hop, all performed with passion and flair. Beyond the glitz and glamour, “Dancing with the Stars for Charity” embodied the true spirit of community collaboration, as members from different walks of life joined forces to support causes close to their hearts.

Organizers have already begun planning the event for the following year, with Saturday, March 29, 2025 announced as the next scheduled date.