Dancing with the W2 Stars

Press Release: 2nd Annual Dancing with the W2 Stars – Oct. 7

September 24, 2016 – Walla Walla celebrities will take to the stage at Gesa Power House Theatre on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. for the second annual “Dancing with the W2 Stars” – a fundraising event for Valley Residential Services.
Local participants will be paired with professional dancers and have a week of rehearsals to learn a ballroom dance routine before the live performance and a judging panel.
Valley Residential Services has enlisted participation from the following local “celebrities”.
  • Chris Coates – Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center
  • Mary Derby – Dama Wines
  • Jodi Worden – Walla Walla Community College
  • Teri Barila – Children’s Resilience Initiative
  • Zachary Fraser- Walla Walla Sweets Baseball
  • Scott Peters – Columbia Rural Electric Association (Columbia REA)
  • Jason Valentine – KAPP/KVEW-TV
  • Jim McCarthy – E.K. Riley Investments
  • Tom Maccarone – T Maccarone’s
  • Kathy Covey – Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Roger Esparza – Williams Team Homes
  • Janet Byerley – Jazzercise
Community members can give their favorite dancer a leg up in the competition and support the cause by donating money in their name. This will give the dancer extra points and help them in the competition.  All the proceeds from donations, ticket sales, sponsorships, and advertisements from Dancing with the W2 Stars go to benefit Valley Residential Services in Walla Walla, WA. For more information on your stars, go to
In addition to seeing the Walla Walla Stars dance, the professionals teaching the stars will perform excerpts from their award-winning showcase “Ballroom Fever”. Audiences can expect to see breath-taking lifts, hundreds of costumes, theatrical story lines, and a variety of ballroom dance styles, from the sexy Cuban Salsa to the energetic American Swing to the elegant Viennese Waltz.
The professional dance ensemble are members of the United States National Formation Championship company in both Latin American and Standard ballroom dancing, and their company tours internationally, with more than 100 performances each year.
Valley Residential Services provides personalized support in safe, comfortable, home environments for developmentally disabled individuals, residences for veterans with rehabilitation opportunities, and family assistance services.
More information and tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. Ticket options include: $40 Reserved Seating or $65 Reserved Seating plus admission to a VIP After Party (includes appetizers, one beverage, and dancing with the performers).
This event is made possible through the support of: E.K. Riley Investments, Lillie Rice Center, Community Bank, Columbia REA, Jazzercise, Michael Fluharty, and Kathy Ruggeri. Additional support by Bob and Jill Zagelow, and Nancy Riggle.
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For additional marketing information, including interview and hi-res images, contact Betsy Hadden at Fresh Marketing & Events, 509-629-1503 or

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