Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars takes stage Saturday in Wheeling

WHEELING — Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, promises more glamour, glitz and sequins as this year’s cast prepares to “light up the night” with their sparkling personalities and lightning dance moves.

All proceeds from the annual event benefit Augusta Levy Learning Center’s intensive intervention program.

Nine local celebrities are paired with professional dance partners to compete for the mirror ball trophy. This year’s lineup includes:

– Emily Goodman, WTRF meteorologist, dancing with professional freelance dancer Mike Kittle;

– Bob Heldreth, Wheeling Fire Department lieutenant, dancing with Megan Campbell from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre;

– Keith A. Jones III, collections representative for United Bank, dancing with Cassidy Sansone from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre;

– Josh Norman, member of Hoorah 2 Heroes national administration team, dancing with Claire Norman from LDT Dance Centre;

– Brian Riesbeck, director of sales and merchandising for Riesbeck Food Markets, dancing with Taylor Lucas from Take A Bow Dance Centre;

– Jessica Rine, United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley executive director, dancing with 2015 star turned professional Walker Holloway;

– Chef Travis, executive chef of Elmhurst, dancing with Chelsea Loy from Take a Bow Dance Centre;

– Tim Ullom, a local musician, dancing with Alex Mitchell from Studio MC Performing Arts Centre;

– Ric Zambito, from Zambito Flooring America, dancing with Carly DiCola from Turn it Out Dance Academy,

Co-hosting this year’s event will be Rachael Dierkes and David Blomquist.

Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars will be held at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available at WesBanco Arena’s box office, online at www.augustalevy.org and www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com and at the door starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Each couple will perform a dance of their choice to be judged by a panel of three judges.

Dierkes, a 2016 contestant, said, “I’m so excited to be on stage again for Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars as co-host this year. No matter how you are involved, it’s an honor to be a part of such a fun night supporting a great organization like Augusta Levy.”

A pre-party will be held in the Capitol ballroom at 5 p.m. with entertainment being provided by Jason Treuman. Ye Olde Alpha will provide appetizers. Tickets for the pre-party can be purchased by calling 304-242-6722. Reservations are required.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Cassidy, Cogan, Shapell, & Voegelin; Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration; Riesbeck’s Food Markets Inc.; United Dairy; WTRF; Lamar Advertising and Ye Olde Alpha.

Established in 2005, the Augusta Levy Learning Center has revolutionized the treatment of children with autism in the state. It is West Virginia’s first and largest research-based program for children with autism that serves the tri-state area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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