PLANT CITY – Eleven couples will burn up the dance floor at the sixth annual Dancing with the Locals fundraiser.
The couples will dance to impress judges and the audience at the competition, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person, and sponsorships are available for $300 to $750.
Dancing with the Locals will be held at the John R. Trinkle Center on the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College, 1206 N. Park Road. The show is staged by the Rotary Club of Plant City, which hopes to raise $100,000 to equip police officers with portable devices that can restore the heart’s rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest.
Last year’s contest raised $55,000 for local charities.
Couples who compete in the dancing raise money by soliciting sponsors and audience donations. Trophies include one awarded by the judges for the best routine and one presented to the couple who raises the most money.
The evening includes hors d’oeuvres, open bar and dessert at intermission.
Couples scheduled to compete include Dr. Derek and Katie Busciglio; Steve Bonds and Natasha Davis; LaRoyce Keene and Maddie Keene; Olan Deguzman and Amy Glover; Beau Walden and Amber Jurgensen; Matt Maloney and Amber Kosinski; Rick Lott and Erica Lott; Barry and Krisha Mauer; Dr. Daniel and Arienne Middlebrooks; Cliff Brown and Shana Mitchell; and Dr. Ray Gutierrez and Emily Rowland.
Judges include Paul Davis, James Surrency, Traci Walding and Michelle Wegner. Gary and Tina Pike will serve as hosts.
For tickets, sponsorships or other information, contact Marcus Caswell at (863) 412-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary wants to raise enough money for an automated external defibrillator for each of the Plant City Police Department’s 68 patrol vehicles. Currently, the department has four defibrillators, which are passed from shift to shift.
Officers often reach heart attack victims before ambulance crews and equipping each patrol car with the devices could save lives by ensuring that the first officer has one to use immediately.
Rotary Club President Aaron M. Davis has said the $100,000 will pay for the defibrillators and for four years of maintenance.