Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, Dancing with Vero’s Stars Meet & Greet

The 2023 Star Dancers of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition Dancing with Vero’s Stars
event, enthusiastically dusted off their dancing shoes. They gathered at The Riverside Theatre in early
January for a meet-and-greet event delayed by nearly three years due to Covid-19.
The highly anticipated get-together served as a kickoff for the November 18 th , 2023 return of the
dance extravaganza and, with great fanfare, ceremoniously paired the Stars with their Professional
Chief Executive Officer Andrea Berry graciously thanked Managing Director and Chief Operating
Officer of the Riverside Theatre, Jon Moses for Riverside’s partnership in the event. She also thanked the
participants and explained the importance of this fundraiser.
“We’ve been in the community for over 30 years, and we’ve been hosting Dancing with Vero’s
Stars for twelve. We must ensure that every baby gets a healthy start, so they can eventually blow out
the birthday candle on their first birthday!”
Sharing from personal experience, Co-chairs Lisa Thompson Barnes and Karen Franke reminded
the dancers that they are the ambassadors of Healthy Start and the importance of enjoying the journey.
Hamp Elliott and Tiffany Corr called each Star to the stage, one by one, for the big reveal
announcing their Professional dance partner. The audience applauded with approval!
Announcing the 2023 Dancer Pairings (Stars/Professionals)

  1. Kristina Pernfors and Dimas Caraballo 
  2. JoAnn Crosby and Brian Spector 
  3. Jackie Stoelting and Michael Chaves  
  4. Mandy Fetzer and Robert Scott 
  5. Jessica Kurutz and Primo Garcia  
  6. Collin Kitchell and Karren Walter 
  7. Joe Earman and Tanya Chaves 
  8. Lundy Fields and Amy Trammell  
  9. E.L. Billero and Stephanie Aviles  
  10. Ray Hooker and Marianella Tobar 
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Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham

Tiffany Bent