Dance For A Chance
Give Homeless Youth a Chance Through Dance
***Due to the pandemic and ongoing need for social distancing, the 2020 Dance for a Chance event has been cancelled. We hope to see you for next year's event on August 5, 2021, once again at the Omaha Design Center!***
Youth Emergency Services’ 2019 Dance for a Chance Sets Fundraising, Attendance Records
Thanks to the fundraising connections and dancing talents of 10 community leaders, Youth Emergency Services (YES) is proud to announce that its 2019 11th Annual Red Carpet Affair-themed Dance for a Chance raised more than $135,000 August 1 at the Omaha Design Center.
Those figures surpassed last year’s event by more than $40,000, largely due to a record number of attendees and the two-month fundraising efforts of the 10 dancers, who, in total, raised more than $85,000.
“This year’s Dance for a Chance – A Red Carpet Affair was an incredible success thanks to a great turnout of 500 people and 10 very committed dancers who selflessly gave of their time to help us fundraise,” said YES Director of Development Barb Farho. “We are very grateful to our generous community that made it possible for us to have a record-breaking event this year. This funding helps meet a critical need by assisting homeless and at-risk youth in a time of crisis and on their path to self-sufficiency.”
- Hannah Bolte, All Makes
- Nicole Cleveland, Lincoln Financial Group
- Marnie Corsaro, First Data Resources
- Matt Feller, C&A Industries
- Callie Greene, Mod Studio Salon
- Tina Hruska, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
- Melissa Marvin, CSO Bank of Bennington, Special Projects MCC, Community Volunteer
- Dr. Mike Price, Koca Chiropractic
- Dr. Maria Vazquez, Metropolitan Community College
- Emily Williams, Lindsay Corporation
- Leigh Chaves, JCC Dance Department
- Rebecca Hamata, Independent/Dance Out Loud Productions
- Michael Misra, Vintage Ballroom
- Derek Pasqualetto, Vintage Ballroom
- Rebekah Pasqualetto, Vintage Ballroom
- Lucas Vargas, Vintage Ballroom
- Terry Vargas, TV Dance
- David Vieceli, Vieceli's Dance Studio
Similar to Dancing with the Stars, Dance for a Chance pairs up dancers with instructors, who then work together to create a dance, pick accompanying music and practice over the summer before competing in August.
At the same time, the dancers are working within their personal and professional networks – largely via social media – to raise awareness and money for Youth Emergency Services.
Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks; a silent auction, wine grab, and photo booth; and a variety of impressive dance routines with the opportunity to cheer on and vote for their favorites.
A panel of celebrity judges – Tom Becka, Andee Hoig and Dave Wingert – along with a judge won as a silent auction item – gave rousing and often hilarious critiques of the dancers. Former Morning Blend host Mike DiGiacomo served as host.
C&A Industries returned as this year’s Presenting Sponsor, while Lindsay Corporation was the YES Champion Sponsor. Lincoln Financial Group and First Data were this year’s Partner Sponsors, and D.A. Davidson and Valmont Industries were Supporting Sponsors.
Congratulations to Dr. Mike Price of Koca Chiropractic and his instructor Leah Chaves for wining the "Most Bahe-some Award" for their tap number to Uptown Funk!
Equal congratulations go to Matthew Feller of C&A Industries for raising the most money and being named the Dance for a Chance Champion. Special mention to Melissa Marvin who was a very close second!
Check back frequently for details about the 2020 Dance for a Chance!
Thank you to all of this year's event sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: C& A Industries
YES Champion: Lindsay Corporation
Friends Sponsors: Arbor Bank | Abrahams, Kaslow & Cassman LLP | Bryan Peterson | Cornerstone Restoration | Cox Communications | First National Bank of Omaha | Luma Services | Mutual of Omaha | Omni Inventive Care | Omaha Winwater | Security National Bank | Oracle