2019
Stepping Out
for Education

Group photo from the 2019 Stepping Out for Education
Photo of Nate and Chelsey Cruz, who performed a Rhythm Medley
Jason & Melissa Ash, who performed the American & Argentine Tango
Photo of Gary & Jessica Solano, who performed a Salsa
Photo of Jonathan & Ashley Link, who performed the Cha Cha, Freestyle, and Hip Hop

Congratulations and thank you to all the celebrity dancers for another successful event!  With the help of professional coaches, each couple learned a dance to perform in front of event guests.  Each was critiqued by three judges who determined the dance competition winners.  Two additional awards were given, one to the couple voted “favorite” by the audience and the other for the couple who raised the most $1 votes.

The 2019 Stepping Out for Education champions were Nate and Chelsey Cruz, who performed a Rhythm Medley.

Second place –  Jason & Melissa Ash, who performed the American & Argentine Tango

Third place –  Gary & Jessica Solano, who performed a Salsa

Audience Favorite – Jonathan & Ashley Link, who performed the Cha Cha, Freestyle, and Hip Hop

People’s Choice Award – Jonathan & Ashley Link ($23,000!)

Other dances performed were by:
Drs. Douglas Gagnon & Carys Felton, who performed the Country Western two-step and

David & Shelly Braswell, who performed the Hustle and Nightclub two-step

 

A huge thank you to our event sponsors!  Thank you for helping us assist students and teachers!

Platinum

Southern Homes

Gold

Citizens Bank & Trust

Silver

AT&T
CEMEX
Badcock Home Furniture & More
Hughes Corporate Printing
Jasper Construction
Jet Materials LLC
Mosaic
Polk State College
Publix Super Markets Charities
Southeastern University
Tampa Electric Company

Bronze

Alternative Gas Construction
Duke Energy
Gaines Jewelry
Heritage Group at Morgan Stanley
Keller Williams Realty Smart
Maxcy Foundation, Inc.
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
State Farm
Tracy Mouncey & Associates

2018 Stepping Out for Education

***Thank you to our celebrity couples, who worked so hard to help raise a gross total of $102,800!  Funds will be used to support our AmeriCorps Polk Reads program and other programs and services where needed.  Will and Andrea Link raised $23,851 earning them the People’s Choice Award for the couple who raised the most money.  Cauney Bamberg and Vince Gonzalez came in first place in the dance competition, Cyndi Jantomaso and Nelson Zenteno were second and Zac and Florrie Kluytenaar third.  Cauney and Vince also earned the Audience Favorite Award voted on by those who attended that night.

Group Photo Of all dance Contestants

Special thanks also goes to our event sponsors: 

Gold:  Citizens Bank & Trust, Jarrett-Gordon Ford and Polk State College
Silver: AT&T, Badcock and More, the Bosticks, K Team Realty, Mosaic, Publix Super Markets Charities, Reed Mawhinney & Link, PLLC, Southeastern University and Tampa Electric Company
Bronze:  BB&T, CEMEX, DIGARC, Duke Energy, Heritage Group at Morgan Stanley, Keiser University, Maxcy Foundation, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union, State Farm Insurance and Tracy Mouncey and Associates