Online voting open for dancers competing to raise money for Catholic Charities

Team No. 1

Five teams will go for the gold in the annual Livingston County Catholic Charities Salute to the Stars and Celebrity Dance Compeition on March 3, 2018, at Crystal Gardens in Howell.

In addition to the popular and engaging dance competition, attendees will honor Dian Shields, a community star. There will be dinner, 50/50 raffle, themed baskets raffle, cash bar, and a goodwill offering. A special performance by The Dance Project and open dance floor will follow the competition!

The dance teams have selected their songs and are working with their coaches on some exciting routines. This year’s dance teams are:

Team No. 2

• Team No. 1: Lynne Smelser (communication consultant and writer) & Michael Gackler (Livingston County Catholic Charities), coached by Melissa Rollins.

• Team No. 2: Tracy Patterson (North American Lighting) & Branden Cathey (Ditch Witch), coached by Tony Argiero & Megan Simon of the Dance Project.

• Team No. 3: Kelly Roth (U of M Health System, Hell Creek Forge) & Eric Guerin (Arts People), coached by Michelle Marzejon of Michelle’s Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center.

• Team No. 4: Leslie & Sam Johnson (Radiant Receptions), coached by the Johnsons.

Team No. 3

• Team No. 5: Peggi (Old National Bank) & Michael Bourke (TSI Technologies LLC), coached by Raymond from Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio Ann Arbor.

On-line voting for your favorite dance team runs through March 2, 2018, at $5 a vote. The dance team with the most votes on-line and at the event combined wins the Community Favorite award.

Each dance team’s performance will also be judged at the event by a panel of judges — Maria Stuart, Mona Shand, Carlos Garza & Debbie Drick — for the chance to win the “Overall Dance Competition” trophy.

Team No. 4

Visit to learn more about each team and view a snippet of the dance they will be performing!

Dance team voting donations will support LCCC’s outreach programs for senior citizens.

Last fiscal year, LCCC served over 1,000 seniors in outreach programs with the majority reporting living at or below 150 percent of the National Poverty Level. There is no charge for the services, though donations are always welcome.


Team No. 5

Tickets or tables to the event can be purchased at, or call Julie or Gudrun at (517) 545-5944 for tickets or sponsorships. RSVP by Feb. 23, 2018.


Platinum Sponsors: St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Dr. Edward Loniewski & Garrison Enterprises, LLC.

In Fiscal Year 2016/2017:

♦  LCCC served over 1,000 individuals 60+ years of age in the Senior Outreach Services – Resource Advocacy (57 percent poverty level) & Volunteer Caregiver Programs (100 percent poverty level).

♦ Volunteer caregiver drivers reported a total of 21,916 miles driven through 687 rides provided to low-income or homebound seniors to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, errands, and other needs.

♦ Volunteer caregivers provided 243 respite visits and 224 friendly visits to homebound seniors.

♦ LCCC senior outreach services are provided FREE to ALL seniors regardless of religion, gender, race, disability & financial ability (though we do ask for a donation if able).

♦ 3 LCCC staff members are certified Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Specialists (MMAP).

♦ LCCC, with special grant funding, through a newly formed coalition, now provides Elder Abuse Neglect and Exploitation awareness and training in the community to combat the growing number of incidences.

♦ 90 percent of adults over 65years report they would like to remain in their own homes according to the Human Service Collaborative Body (HSCB) 2015 fact sheet. One year in a nursing home costs approximately $68,000. Outreach services help individuals remain in their homes for as long as possible.

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