Dancing with the Celebrities has been a fun-filled addition to charitable events since 2007. Inspired by the ABC hit show, Dancing with the Stars, local TV, radio, sports and business personalities strut their stuff in an effort to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Alone or as an addition to galas and other fund raising events, Dancing with the Celebrities helps raise thousands of dollars every year for local non-profit agencies.
Local Pittsburgh ballroom dancers and instructors have learned that giving back to their community through dance is extraordinarily rewarding. In 2007, Luanne O’Brien, a new ballroom dance instructor at the time, began calling other local instructors to see if they would be willing to participate in a “small” celebrity dance competition. The competition was to benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Research Fund for Juvenile Diabetes. Expecting to have 100-150 at most attend, she chose a centrally located venue that appeared to be larger than needed. Little did she know that this event would be sold out two months in advance and close to 400 people would squeeze in and net $30,000 for the charity.
As founder and director of this event, Luanne, takes great pride in her work and oversees all aspects of the celebrity dance competition. Along with the help of talented instructors and volunteers, Dancing with the Celebrities, the celebrities themselves and their guests, have raised thousands of dollars yearly for local charities.
Considering having us at your next fundraiser? Check out what Whirl Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have written about a few of our past events!
Are you a Non-profit 501c(3) organization that would like to hold a celebrity dance competition as part of your next Gala/Fundraiser? Complete the contact form to find out more about Dancing with the Celebrities.
Are you an experienced dancer or instructor willing to help one of our celebrities dance home with the mirror ball trophy? Complete the contact form to find out more about Dancing with the Celebrities.
Do you own or represent a business that would be willing to sponsor you as a “celebrity” dancer? Complete the contact form to find out more about Dancing with the Celebrities.