2019 Stepping Out for Education

2019 Stepping out for Education Celebrity Couples

We hope you will plan to join us for the 10th annual Stepping Out for Education event, to be held on Friday, Sept. 20, 5:45 pm, at the RP Funding Center!  Funds raised will be used to support the programs of the Polk Education Foundation, and, when used in certain target areas we can get them matched dollar-for-dollar!

Once again we’ve invited couples to participate, so each will perform one dance to be judged by the audience and professional judges.  The couple who raises the most funds will be named the People’s Choice Award Winner, the audience will determine the Audience Favorite and the judges will decide a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner.  
Celebrity Couples include: (top row, left to right the bottom row, left to right)

  • Jason and Melissa Ash
    Jasper Construction
  • David and Shelly Braswell
    Golden Petal Designs – Florist, Fine Jewelry and Engraving Shop
  • Jonathan and Ashley Link
    Southern Homes
  • Drs. Carys Felton & Douglas Gagnon, Jr.
    Heart of Florida Chiropractic
  • Gary and Jessica Solano
    RestorSurance Services & Polk County Public Schools
  • Nathan and Chelsey Cruz
    Hughes Corporate Printing

Mistress of Ceremony will be Donna Sheehan and various Stepping Out alumni will assist for this 10th anniversary event! 

Voting to help your favorite couple(s) win the People’s Choice Award, click here

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