Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Presents $218,000 To Local Charitable Organizations
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // July 16, 2016
Dancing for the Space Coast
ABOVE VIDEO: Enjoy a replay of the second annual Dancing For the Space Coast, a unique competition and fundraising event that benefited three worthy organizations on the Space Coast, was held June 4 at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center. (Space Coast Daily video and images)
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that last week we presented checks to benefit four worthy charities with the proceeds from the second annual “Dancing for the Space Coast” event that was held in June.
The event was sponsored by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Harris Corporation, Revolution Technologies, Space Coast Daily and the Florida Institute of Technology – in partnership to help local charities in Brevard County.
Dancing For the Space Coast pairs Ballroom Dancers with local “Celebrities” who raise donations while learning a Ballroom Dance that is performed during the event. Each dancer’s total score is based upon the amount of donations raised along with their dance routine.
Each year our agency selects three new Brevard County charitable organizations to benefit from the event. The charities are selected from three different categories that include one that helps Children, one that helps prevent crime and one that supports the Fine Arts charities in our community.
The selected charities each receive 90 percent of the profits with the remaining 10 percent going to the Brevard County Public Safety Charity that helps support public safety members during a critical time of need.
This year’s recipients of the proceeds from Dancing For the Space Coast were AMI Space Coast, Circles of Care-Sally’s House and the Foosaner Art Museum. As a result of incredible community support, our great sponsors and the hard work of our dancers, each organization was presented a check last week in the amount of $65,223.69.
In addition, the Brevard County Public Safety Charity was also presented a check in the amount of $21,741.23
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office is extremely excited to host this annual event that benefits Brevard County not-for-profit organizations that do such wonderful things for our community.
The event was attended by over 700 people with the “Stars” of the night being our dancers who volunteered their time.
The dancers were Eric Austin, Dr. Kantilal Bhalani, Dr. Desmond Blackburn, Bino Campanini, Courtney Charvet, Jim Frazier, John Lau, Michelle Pearse, Cristina Rose, Lori Scott, Brenda Sheets, Kent Smith and Carol Ann Stumpf.
Each dancer was paired with our incredible instructors including Barry Johnson; Ayonna Andrews and Kristen Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom; LaDonna Campbell from Downtown Dance Studio in Titusville; and Heidi Arnold, Lance Sexton, Elena Jones-Sexton and Primo Garcia from Dancin’ Dance Studio.
We are also excited to announce that the charitable organizations who will be the recipients of the 2017 Dancing For the Space Coast are the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Parker Foundation For Autism and the King Center.
Please join me in thanking everyone who volunteered their time and services to make this year’s event so successful.
I would also like to personally thank all of our presenting sponsors, Harris Corporation, Revolution Technologies, Space Coast Daily, Florida Institute of Technology, C & R Designs, Classic Wood Flooring, Grimaldi Chocolate, Eau Gallie Florist, Blackside Tactical and so many more for their generosity.
As I always say, “It Takes A Community To Protect A Community!”
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey