Two Zionsville couples will participate in the seventh annual Dancing with the Boone County Stars Saturday, Oct. 12, at Witham Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.

The fundraiser for Mental Health America of Boone County also raises awareness of services available.

“Some of the things we do are quite traumatic,” MHABC Executive Director Pascal Fettig said. “We also use it as a celebration. Our core duty is domestic violence. We celebrate our survivors.”

Fettig said the contest is also a thank you to the community.

“Boone County is one of the best counties, if not the best county, I’ve ever worked in and I’ve worked in quite a few,” Fettig said. “So we also use the event to give back and have fun.

“Boone County goes above and beyond,” Fettig added. “It doesn’t matter what economic level you’re at. I think Boone County is always ready to help.”

The idea for the Dancing with the Boone County came from a visit Fettig and the previous director took to Montgomery County, he said.

“We came back and said ‘Hey, this is great event,’” he said. “It’s a good way to get people together and then raise funds.”

Six couples will compete before celebrity judges, Boone County Magistrate Sally Berish, Boone Superior Court II Judge Bruce Petit, Lebanon Community Schools Superintendent Jon Milliman and Kristi Lee of the Bob & Tom Show on Q-95 radio.

Competing couples include Tiffany and Chad Perdue who own DevLab Creative, a digital marketing agency.

Jordan and Aaron Vaughn live in Zionsville. Aaron is a teacher at Lebanon Middle School and an assistant coach for the Lebanon Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team. Jordan works at Gaylor electric in talent retention and development.

Cari Ann and Josh Walker are from Thorntown and both employed at Witham Health Services. She is an animal lover, and he used to work at Mental Health America of Boone County. They have been married five years.

Music teachers Katie and Joel Walters live in Clermont, but Katie recently started her fourth year teaching at Central and Perry Worth Elementary schools in Lebanon. She also teaches at the Black Box Theatre Company in Lebanon. Joel is the band teacher at Eastbrook High School.

Drs. Tricia and Justin Wright from Zionsville are family physicians with Witham Health Services. Both have served as chief of staff at the hospital.

James Koontz and Brittany Smith met three years ago through mutual friends. James is an officer for the Lebanon Police Department. Brittany is a contract administrator for a general contractor. James is the DARE officer for the Lebanon Schools.

Arthur Murray in Carmel provides the contestant couples with free dance lessons for the event. Debbie and Ryan Ottinger will host the event.

Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite or through the Mental Health America of Boone County Facebook event page, or visit our website for more info at Sponsorship tables are still available. Call Katie Pollock at 765-482-3020 for more information.

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