TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – CASY’s 16th annual Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars returns in an effort to raise money for kids in the Wabash Valley.

All dancers are in charge of raising their own donations and performing a dance.

Last year the effort broke a record by raising over $285,000 and organizers hope this year will be just as successful.

“This fundraiser helps support so many of the programs that we have at Chances And Services for Youth,” Brandon Halleck, COO of CASY said. “From Big Brothers Big Sisters to After-School Programs to Camp Rave or even our Youth Leadership, we wouldn’t be able to do the programming without this fundraiser.”

All proceeds will benefit programs hosted by CASY. The winner is chosen based on which dancer raises the most money.

In 2007, Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars featured 9 dancers who helped raise $33,000. Since
that time, the event has grown with nearly 1,100 people in attendance. Last year’s event featured
11 dancers who helped raise over $285,000. The winner was Michelle Hein. In total, Dancing with
the Terre Haute Stars has had 185 stars who have helped raise more than $2.3 Million for
Chances And Services for Youth’s programs.

Chances And Services for Youth (CASY) provides programs and services from “cradle to college,”
ensuring children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in our community.

Since 1971, CASY has remained committed to providing the necessary resources to help Indiana’s most vulnerable youth grow into healthy, productive and nurturing adults.

Last year, CASY helped more than
10,000 children and families. Programs provided by CASY, that benefit from funds raised by
Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars include: Before & After School Care, Camp Rave, Safe
Kids/Car Seats, Teen Court, Tobacco-Free Vigo, iL.

Dancers for this year’s 2022 Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars include: Brenda Wilson, Lauren Kelsheimer, Eleni Miller, Alisa Abney-Bonine, Leslie Hemminghouse, Alia Shuck, Shelby Reilly, Taylor Austin, Amanda Hogue, Joe Mascari, Jimmie Merk, and Jonathon Scherle. 

The 2022 Dancing with the Terre Haute Stars gala will take place on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Hulman Center located on the campus of Indiana State University.

The evening features a “competition” using local STARS, dinner, and an online silent auction.  For those unable to attend the event, the show will be broadcast live at 7pm on ABC’s local affiliate, WAWV.