Promise in Brevard’s Ashley Buescher, Melbourne Ballroom’s Barry Johnson Perform at ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’
By Space Coast Daily // June 5, 2022
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ABOVE VIDEO: Promise in Brevard’s Ashley Bueschery, Melbourne Ballroom’s Barry Johnson Perform at ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’
WATCH REPLAY: 2022 ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ Charity Fundraiser Event Raises Over $400,000 For Local Charities.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County’s signature fundraising annual event “Dancing For the Space Coast” was presented Saturday night at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center to an enthusiastic who’s-who sold-out crowd of more than 800 people.
Ashley Buescher has been a resident of Melbourne, Florida, for most of her life. She moved to Promise, a community for individuals with special needs, in May 2018.
Ashley loves to stay busy and active and participates regularly in many of the Resident Community Program activities at Promise. She participates in Special Olympics bowling and basketball, exercise classes, art and cooking classes, the Health First Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, and more.
Ashley currently volunteers in the Promise kitchen/dining room at Promise twice a week. She also volunteers setting up luncheons and other private events at Promise. She is always eager to help. She also enjoys writing thank you notes for donors and helping with bulk mailings.
Prior to living at Promise, Ashley participated in an On-Campus Transition program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where she lived for three years.
Ashley has enjoyed Zumba classes for many years. As a birthday surprise from her Zumba friends and instructors, they took her to Miami to meet “Beto,” the creator of Zumba.
Ashley enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially babysitting her two small nephews.
Ashley is honored to have been selected to represent Promise in Brevard in Dancing for the Space Coast.
For those who couldn’t get a ticket or attend the event, Space Coast Daily live-streamed all the exciting action live On-Demand via the Space Coast Daily TV App. The Space Coast Daily TV app is available for download in the Apple TV App Store, Amazon Fire TV Store and Roku TV Channel Store.
Over the last 10 years, “Dancing for the Space Coast” has become the largest charity event in Brevard County and the 2022 edition raised more than $400,000, which will benefit the House of Hope, Promise in Brevard, the Veterans Memorial Center and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity.
Tim Thomas Wins With Patriotic-Themed Dance Routine
The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne City Councilman and Viera High School ROTC Senior Army Instructor Col. Tim Thomas and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic. Thomas, a highly decorated retired U.S. Army officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic-themed dance routine.
Dancer Ashley Buescher of Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson of Melbourne Ballroom placed second. The team of Danielle Masucci, a Realtor for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia placed third.
This highly entertaining event also showcased the outstanding efforts of dancers Zachary Biddulph, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Rob Medina and Jayvo Scott.
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.
“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 competed 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 and Florida Tech.