On Saturday, August 17th, the floor of the Frankfort Convention Center will be transformed into a ballroom dancefloor for the 2nd Annual Frankfort Dancing with the Stars! Two non-profit organizations, Hope for Tomorrow and Sweet Blessings, will be hosting this event featuring local professional dancers from the Capital City Dance Studio. Influential Frankfort business leaders and prominant personalities will be paried up with these dancers for an online and dance competition all in an effort to raise money for the charities. Rob Richardson, Suzanne Simmons, Stephanie Wallace, Tom Hampton, Rene’ True, Tommy HAynes, Fernando Chavez, Meg Wiggins Quarles, Raye Hurley and Mattt Hurst will all be competing. Online voting closes at midnight on Friday, August 16th. A small donation to your favorite dancer goes to these worthy charities. You can vote and get tickets to the event HERE.
About the Organizations
Hope for Tomorrow’s Children’s Home in Lexington provides a stable family group to meet the physical, educational, medical, psychological, nutritional and spiritual needs of children abandoned or orphaned in Guatemala. As a Christ-centered program, they work to provide a spiritual climate that encourages each child to realize God’s call and ensure opportunities to increase their spiritual growth. Come see the amazing things God is doing through Hope For Tomorrow Children’s Home. Their journey to establish a children’s home in Guatemala that would provide a nurturing environment for abandoned and orphaned children began in 2003. That vision is now a reality! To find out more about this organization, log onto http://www.hope4tomorrow.net.
Sweet Blessings isn’t a bakery, it is a non-profit ministry which creates happy birthdays and unforgettable cakes for 5-14 year olds living in poverty or with a life threatening illness. All cakes are yellow with white frosting, covered in fondant, and either multiple tiers or three dimensional shapes. Cakes are made with a specific child in mind and decorated in his or her favorite colors, hobbies, sports teams, etc. Sweet Blessings accepts referrals from schools, churches and social service providers. If you are an individual who would like to recommend a child for a Sweet Blessings cake, please contact a pastor, social worker or service provider which works with the child.
Sweet Blessings creates happy birthdays and unforgettable cakes for 5-14 year olds living in poverty or with a life threatening illness. Sweet Blessings accepts referrals from schools, churches and service providers only. If you are an individual who would like to recommend a child for a Sweet Blessings cake, please contact a service provider which works with the child.
We believe the children will feel as special as their cake. So, we want our cakes to remind children of the cakes they see on TV, not the ones they see in the grocery store. All our cakes are either made of multiple tiers or carved into special shapes. They are also covered in fondant to give them that extra special look.
Each cake is made with a specific child in mind. The child’s favorite colors, hobbies, future aspirations, etc. are all considered when personalizing a cake. The cake isn’t for just anyone, it is for a very special child. To find out more about Sweet Blessings or to see how you can help, log onto http://www.sweetblessingscakes.org.
About the Stars & Their Dancers
Meg Wiggins Quarles & Christopher Atwood
Rene True & Krissie Hogan – Executive Director for ConnectKentucky, Rene’ provides primary leadership and vision to accelerate broadband technology growth in the Commonwealth. Previously, Rene’ served as Executive Director of the Office of Research and Information Technology in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, where he coordinated strategic planning efforts, assisted with recruitment support and oversaw IT functions. René served as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, and was twice elected Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator. He currently serves as Chair for the Franklin County CASA, Inc. Board, President –Elect for the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce, and Chair for the Capital City Blues & River Festival. René received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Tommy Haynes & Jaime Carter – Married to Marilyn Haynes and have four children (Tommy Jr., Omar, Delicia, and Carmen), and three grandchildren (Gabriel, Jada, and Kerry Jr.). Master of Science in Administrative Education, Long Island University; Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Middle Tennessee State University, Army Command and General Staff Leadership College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and is a graduate of Leadership Frankfort. Former Olympic track and field athlete (co-captain of the 1976 Olympic Track and Field team, Montreal, Canada), former track coach at the United States Military Academy-West Point, and Western Hills High School. Two-time Kentucky Colonel recipient (1997 & 2000). He has been inducted in three hall of fames in three states (NY, TN, and KY). He retired from the U.S. Army as a Major, and retired from state government as a Deputy Executive Director. Serves on the following boards; United Way, ROSM, Thornhill Education Foundation, Franklin County Agency for Substance Abuse, and First Baptist Deacon. He is a member of the following organizations; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Frankfort Kiwanis, and serves the citizens of Frankfort as a City Commissioner.
Raye Hurley & Taylor Hackett – Choir director at Franklin County High School for 11 years. Has over 150 students involved in her choirs and over 200 total, including a private voice studio class and a piano lab. She is the mother of 2 daughters; Logan – 7 and Ella – 3. She and her husband Brandon are active members of First United Methodist Church and are honored to call Frankfort home.
Jeff Abrams & Emily Goodwin – Life long resident of Franklin County. Jeff has worked for the Frankfort Police Department for 17 years and I am currently the Operations Commander with the rank of Major. Basically, that means I’m in charge of any officer you might see in a uniform or patrol car. I have been married for eleven years to my wife Bethany and I have two children, Allie 9 and Luke 6. My dance partner is my niece, Emily Goodwin.
Suzanne Simmons & Christopher Atwood – Senior Vice President at Whitaker Bank and Past President of the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Wallace & Jonathan Hockensmith –
Rob Richardson & Laykin Tucker – Rob is the captain of the Frankfort Police Department and has been in law enforcement for 20 years. He has been married for 20 years to Kim Richardson and they have 3 wonderful daughters Kolby, Lexie, and Maggie.
Fernando Chavez & Whitney Thomas
Matt Hurst & Casey Tillett – Owner of Hurst Auto Sales for 14 years. He is the proud father three children and enjoys life. He is excited about being involved in this event and has enjoyed preparing for it.
REMEMBER TO VOTE!!! DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT, AUGUST 16th!!!