The sixth annual Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars turned out to be a very successful night for the Augusta Levy Learning Center.
Over 1,000 people packed into the Capitol Theatre on Saturday night. In addition to a $30 ticket, people could pay one dollar to vote for their favorite star (or stars) as many times as they wanted.
Early estimates indicate over $46,000 was raised to help children with autism in the Ohio Valley. The money raised will help provide crucial one-on-one services and ABA therapy the children need.
A pre-party was held in the Capitol Theatre Ballroom with music by Tim Ullom and Jason Treuman. Tim’s son, TJ, is a recent graduate of Augusta Levy.
Eleven couples dedicated six weeks to practice their routine before the performance. In the end, Jake Dougherty and Claire Norman took home the coveted “Mirror Ball Trophy.” Katy McKinley and Walker Holloway won first runner up, and Jay Goodman and Carly DiCola were second runner up.
This year, the contestants put their own spin on the event, creating t-shirts, rally towels, and glasses for supporters to wear. The proceeds from many of the items went to the Augusta Levy Learning Center.
7News anchors Tate Blanchard and Rachael Dierkes were paired up this year, and Laurie Conway co-hosted the show.
Augusta Levy is entering it’s 11th year providing services to children with autism. For more information on the center, visit their website.