WATCH: Christina Grainger, Lance Sexton Perform at Annual Charity Fundraising Event ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’

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over $300,000 raised for local charities

WATCH: Christina Grainger and Lance Sexton perform at the annual charity fundraising event ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ in Melbourne.

Dancing For the Space Coast was presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and sponsored by L3Harris and Space Coast Daily

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The annual “Dancing for the Space Coast” charity event returned to action this year as more than $300,000 was raised Saturday night in Melbourne, which will go to benefit thr Habitat for Humanity of Brevard, Family Promise of Brevard, the Women’s Center of Brevard and the U.S. Law Enforcement Eternal Flame.

The grand champion of this year’s event was Marcus Ingeldsen, Director of Construction for MH Williams Construction Group, Inc., and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic.

This year the event helped raise over $300,000 for charity.

Leading up to the event, the local celebrities dancing in the event helped raise money months prior to the event, while preparing for their complex dance routine in front of a massive crowd.

The charity event was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and emceed by Sheriff Wayne Ivey who helped facilitate a live auction and live dance performances by dance professionals and local celebrities who competed to raise money for Brevard County non-profit organizations.

Christina Grainger, 38, is a Florida native who has been fortunate enough to call the beautiful beach community of Melbourne, Florida, home for the last 14 years. She is a first- generation Cuban/ Mexican American. Her love for food, dancing and music come from her Hispanic heritage. Her parents, both immigrants, instilled patriotism for a country that offered them both the American dream. Christina is very proud of her father who served the US navy.

Christina’s parents made many sacrifices to send her to Catholic private school and have her participate in piano, horseback riding, and tennis lessons. Their hard work and dedication to their daughter has always been appreciated and helped form who Christina is today.

On September 11, 2001, as the world stopped turning, Christina knew she wanted to become a nurse and work in the acute care setting. Christina graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and went on to Duke University where she received her Master’s in Nursing Degree. In 2006, she married Dr. Michael Grainger, a radiologist and together they have three beautiful children, Matthew 12, Andrew 11 and Sofia 8. In 2015, Christina retuned back to school to pursue her doctorate at the University of Florida. Today, Christina is a bilingual Doctor of Nursing Practice who works as a nurse practitioner caring for diverse surgical populations as well as adding her artist eye and hand in aiding clients in their aesthetic journey as an injector at The Refinery Medspa and Wellness Clinic.

Christina’s love for community comes from her grandmother Maria who is known for always extending out a helping hand. Christina became involved with the Genesis House, a non- profit organization in Melbourne, Florida that helps women and children in transition. She became aware of the organization from a teacher at her children’s school. She became a volunteer at the boutique thrift store and would share her love for volunteerism with her children. These discussions led to the creation of The Teddy Bear with the Red Backpack. Christina wrote this book to start a narrative between parents, children and educators about the importance of volunteerism and how it can positively affect our youth. The book was released March 2020 and can be found on Amazon in print and in Kindle format. Proceeds from the book go to the Genesis House.

In 2020, Christina was appointed the title of Mrs Melbourne by the Florida America pageant system and competed in the 2020 Mrs Florida pageant September 2020 where she made it to top 9 and won best ball gown award. The competition gave Christina lasting memories, sisters for a life and strengthened her love for community.

When Christina is not working one can find her cheering for her kids on a soccer field or dance recital. She loves staying active and keeping in shape through dance. She also loves to travel, cook, spend time with friends and family.

“Dancing For the Space Coast,” is a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits worthy organizations on the Space Coast and was held at the former Stein Mart department store, located at 4100 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.

This exciting event showcased featured dancers Susan Belcher, Wendy Fine, Irving Frier, Christina Granger, Marcus Ingeldsen, Jeanette Jarnes, George Panton, Cordell Rolle, Lori Shepherd and Kristine Zonka.

“The true stars of the event are the dancers who work diligently to raise money for these worthy causes,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

BRAGGING RIGHTS ON THE LINE

Each celebrity dancer was matched up with a professional dancer as they compete in a ballroom dance – and for bragging rights as the best dancer in Brevard.

On the evening of the competition, each dance pair competed in a choreographed ballroom dance that will be scored by a panel of judges. During the show, couples earned scores based on several technical skill factors, but the judges’ scores alone don’t decide the dancer’s final score.

Leading up to the actual performance, the dancers already scored 60 percent of their points through their fundraising endeavors to benefit needy charities.

Dancing For the Space Coast is presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and sponsored by L3Harris and Space Coast Daily .

The 2021 “Dancing For the Space Coast,” a unique competition and fundraising event that benefits worthy organizations on the Space Coast, is back after a year hiatus due to COVID-19 and will be held at the old Stein Mart in Melbourne on Saturday, June 5.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Cordell Rolle prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Lori Shepherd prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Kristine Zonka prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Wendy Fine prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Susan Belcher prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Irving Frier prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Christina Grainger prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Marcus Ingeldsen prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.

ABOVE VIDEO: Jeannette Jarnes prepares for Dancing for the Space Coast.