Days after announcing the headlining celebrity, the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off announced the 15 other participants in the annual fundraiser.
Joining Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player and child abuse prevention and education advocate, are Colleen Manning, owner of manager of Studio Pilates; Dustine Snider, manager of Earls Red Deer, Jesse Wallin, a former NHLer and Red Deer Rebel; Karen Goranson, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre board member and Sherri Ryckman, Central Alberta at The Co-operators district manager.
Rollie Cyr, Calgary Flames vice-president of sales, and Jodie Schreiner, Calgary Sports and Entertainment executive, will join the event.
“We usually choose people from different professions, business community leaders and politicians,” said Christine Moore, event co-chair. “This year is a little different because we have three dancers from Calgary, but it works well.
“We’re basing our child advocacy centre on what Sheldon Kennedy does in Calgary and we have the hockey flavour this year.”
At the centre of the fundraiser is the joint effort between the CACAC and the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre to put several resources including RCMP, family services, mental health, addictions programs and the Crown Prosecutor’s office into one location.
This is based on the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary.
Moore said they received two strong applications from the CACAC and the CASASC. Realizing the organizations’ needs were actually fairly similar, the board left it in the organization’s hands to get together and it didn’t take long for the two to collaborate.
“It actually embodies what we always wanted the dance off to be,” said Moore. “It’s a sharing of community.”
The celebrities will partner with professional dancers for the competition.
“We’re going to blow people away,” said Moore. “We’re already packed to the brim.”
Eight couples will compete at the event held on April 7, 2017 at the Red Deer Sheraton. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 23, 2017. For more information visit www.celebritydanceoff.ca.