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CASAblanca - Dancing with the Local Stars

CASA of Peoria County

Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

CASAblanca - Dancing with the Local Stars

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CASAblanca-Dancing with the Local Stars
$150.00 per person; $1500 for a table of 10; Black Tie Optional
476 Tickets Ended $150.00 $0.00

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Who will be voted the best celebrity dancer in the Peoria Area?  Find out on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 6:00PM at the Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino Ballroom when CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Peoria County presents its largest fundraiser, the 8th Annual, “CASAblanca – Dancing with the Local Stars”.

 The event will feature eight Peoria Area dignitaries, business leaders, and celebrities paired with eight of the area’s talented instructors in a dance competition.  Guest judges and event attendees will determine the “2013 Critics Choice Award” at the end of the dance competition.  Do you have a favorite dancer? You can vote for them (in the form of dollars donated) to determine the “2013 People’s Choice Award”.  Each dollar equates to one vote.  So, donate $25 and your favorite dancer will receive 25 votes. Visit our website at and make sure your favorite dancer wins!

 The Local Stars and Dancing Pros include:

  • Lesley Matuszak, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria; with Mike Hinchman, Adjunct Professor, Illinois Central College and dance instructor strutting their stuff with an East Coast Swing/Rhumba Mix.
  • Teri Cook, Owner, Cook Travel and Cruise; with Apollo Shaw, Dance Instructor, Peoria Latin Vibe Dance Company floating across the floor in Bachata style.
  • Sarah Zallek, MD, OSF St. Francis Hospital; with Hal Weatherford, Dance Instructor, Just for Fun, creating smooth moves with the International Fox Trot and American Smooth.
  • Cynthia Kennedy, Attorney, Bryan Cave LLP; with Darren Jackson, Editorial Designer, Peoria Magazines and dance instructor mixing it up with West Coast Swing/Jive Mix.
  • Carl Cannon, CEO, ELITE; with Emoke Hergart, pharmacist and dance instructor spicing it up in Latin/Salsa style.
  • Saverio Fato, Office Managing Partner, Price Waterhouse; with Dominique Alexandre, CASA supervisor and dance enthusiast dancing Argentine Tango.
  • Tom Schlink, Commercial Loan Officer, PNC Bank, with Stanzia Weatherford, RN and dance instructor at Just for Fun, dancing Ballroom Compilations.
  • John Bearce, Peoria area businessman; with his granddaughter, Lauren Pschirrer, Professional Ballerina, dancing the Waltz. Diana Scott will coach the family pair.

 The Critics Choice Award will be judged by:

  • Jim Buda, Executive Vice President, Law and Public Policy, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Diana Hall, CEO, Bard Optical
  • Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Jennifer Lee, Independent Art Critic

The event will be emceed by Sandy Gallant, WEEK News 25 anchor and meteorologist, and is co-chaired by Kathleen Monge and Aneta Youngblood, both members of the Board of Directors of CASA of Peoria County. Tickets may be purchased for $150 per person or $1500 for a table of ten by calling the CASA of Peoria County office at 309-669-2939 or online at The evening will feature food and cocktails, silent and live auctions, and the competitive dance contest. Sponsors of CASAblanca include: Par-A-Dice Hotel and Casino, Essential Wellness Pharmacy, Gwenne and Alan Henricks, G&D Integrated, CMFI, and Lisa Murphy Web Design. Call the CASA office at 309-699-2939 to learn how to become a sponsor of CASAblanca.

Have questions about CASAblanca - Dancing with the Local Stars? Contact CASA of Peoria County

When & Where

PAR-A-DICE Hotel and Casino Ballroom
21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL 61611

Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

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