submitted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona
While the true winners of the season 7 Dancing for the Stars Boys & Girls Clubs’ signature fundraising event were the children and teens served by local clubhouses, awards went to dancers Stan Goligoski and Kelly Roberson for Best Production and Sheri Shaw and Dre Caldwell for Best Performance. Danell Riggs and Ronnie DeBenedetta were awarded the mirror ball for raising the highest amount in overall donations during the Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 event.
The fundraiser consisted of a dazzling dance competition that paired local celebrities and professional dancers, all while raising financial support through sponsorships, votes and tickets. All proceeds benefit local programs.
Season 7 was presented by El Gato Azul, Barrett Floors, Lamb Chevrolet, Granville Universal Homes, NFM Lending and Yavapai College and was held at the Jim and Linda Lee Performing Arts Center.
Once again, performances wowed and entertained the audience at the theater and everywhere through the event livestream. Teams truly captured the cheerful audience’s attention with productions filled with creativity, surprise and dazzle.
The success of Dancing for the Stars is only possible thanks to the faithful support of the community as a whole. Heartfelt gratitude goes to each sponsor, attendee, voter, volunteer and supporter. A special shout-out to host Leza Lachapelle Dandos, judges Jess Savoini, Summer Hinton and Zach Leonard, and the amazing cast for their commitment and remarkable effort in rehearsing, performing, and fundraising:
• Bree Hinkel and Leo Gallegos
• Capt. Nick Fournier and
Jess Costa (choreography
by Kelsey Claire)
• Chief Tyran Payne and Alexes Niekamp
• Danell Riggs and Ronnie DeBenedetta
• Daneth Hollahan and Leo Gallegos
• Ken Lain and Carie Hughes
• Sheri Shaw and Dre Caldwell
• Stan Goligoski and Kelly Gallegos
• Skye Direen and Ron Howard
To learn more about the impact and programs of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona, visit
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