Every non-profit has to fund raise to help meet their budget every year, and Hendrick Home for Children is no different. Several different ventures to help raise funds were tried over a number of years, but in 2009, with the current fundraiser m the Sporting Clay Classic coming to an end , we needed a fresh idea. Something that wasn’t just another golf tournament or auction, and, something that couldn’t be easily mimicked! So, when one of our volunteers, Neil Shultz, came to us with an idea, Dancing with the Abilene Stars, we were a little apprehensive, but er listened to him and decided to give it a try!!
The Inaugural Dancing with Abilene Stars was held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 in the Conference Center of the Abilene Convention Center. There were 45 tables (approximately 450 people). 12 dancers and 2 professionals. Net Profit that year was $52,788… TWICE the amount we had hoped to raise!! People loved it and it was the talk of the town for weeks after the event! It was a success, and with the addition of Shea Woodard Hall and Mikea Glenn as co-chairs in 2011 and 2013 respectively, DWTAS has become the best event in town.
Every year, our amazing “Stars” have set the bar higher and higher!! Ten years, 120 dancers m numerous professionals, 118 tables on the floor , 40 seats in the balcony, hundreds of volunteers, thousands of guests and millions of dollars!!! Yes, millions! To date these extraordinary “Stars” , with the love and support of their family, friends and the community of abilene, have raise4d $3,224,971 for the children of Hendrick Home!!!
The unparalleled success of Dancing with the Abilene Stars could not happen without every piece of the puzzle… the Stars, the professional dancers, the committee and volunteers, the sound and lighting, the video production, etc., fitting perfectly together to create… MAGIC!!!