Who Will Dance? Kansas City Community Leaders Put on Dancing Shoes for Cristo Rey

Who Will Dance? Kansas City Community Leaders Put On Dancing Shoes for Cristo Rey
Posted on 02/04/2014
Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

(Kansas City, MO /January 2, 2014) What could persuade a corporate executive or a physician to spend hours in a dance studio preparing to enter a packed ballroom to raise money? From the Irish Man of the Year to an internationally-acclaimed architect, eight community leaders are doing just that. Each is stepping out of their comfort zone so that students at Cristo Rey Kansas City get the education that they deserve. 

Why? Because at Cristo Rey, only students with economic need can attend. Highly motivated, students are proud to attend a school where 100% of graduates are accepted to college. Each enters knowing that they will work one school day per week to offset 50% of the cost of education. A longer school day and school year ensure that students complete college prep coursework. 

To fund the gap between what the students earn at their Corporate Work Study internships and the cost of education, Cristo Rey Kansas City recruited eight community leaders to learn ballroom dance, to entertain gala guests, and to raise money to fund the gap. Paired with professionals from Allegro Ballroom, the stars will headline the annual benefit for Cristo Rey, Dancing with the Kansas City Stars. Each will showcase his or her best dance moves in a competition on Saturday, March 29, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. 

Stars dancing for the eighth annual benefit include: 

Valerie Chow, M.D., Anesthesiologist and President of Lakewood Anesthesia,

Ryane Delka, Co-president, Silpada Designs,

Chris Hernandez, Deputy Director of Communications, City of Kansas City,

Rick Jones, Architect and Co-president of Nearing, Staats, Prelogar and Jones,

Jenny Murphy, Community Volunteer,

Larkin O’Keefe, Chief Executive Officer and owner of MedTrak Services,

Kevin Ryan, Owner of Governor Stumpy’s Grill House, and,

Stann Tate, Director of Marketing for Community Blood Center.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James, foundation officer Tara Darbyshire, and food-company executive Ed Holland are judging this year’s Dancing with the Kansas City Stars. Kathy Quinn, news reporter for WDAF Fox4 will serve as mistress of ceremonies. The evening will lead to a people’s choice winner, determined by the total number of $10 votes.

“Everyone involved  - especially the amazing dancers - give so generously of their time, energy and talent,” said Dr. Kathleen Hanlon, President of Cristo Rey Kansas City. “I am humbled to witness their commitment to help provide the opportunity for the energetic, highly motivated and talented young men and women of Cristo Rey to thrive in the face of major life challenges…and pursue their goal of achieving a college degree,” she said. “Their effort and dedication provide such a powerful example for our students.”

To reserve a seat or to vote for a star, visit www.dancingwiththekansascitystars.org. 

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