Brad and Becky Boas had no expectations when they agreed to participate in Dancing with the Seymour Stars this year.
Sure they wanted to help raise some money for the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street, but in all, they just wanted to have fun and spend time together.
So when announcer Jim Plump declared them the winners of Saturday night’s fourth annual fundraising dance competition, the Boases couldn’t believe it.
The mother and son duo were the first of seven couples to show off their fancy footwork to a sold-out crowd of more than 500 people at Celebrations event hall and reception center in Seymour.
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The show, along with a matinee performance earlier in the day, raised a total of $92,078. That money will be split between the Boys & Girls Club and Seymour Main Street to fund programs, special projects and events that focus on children and the downtown.
“Knowing that we were able to do something good for the community is the best part,” Becky Boas said. “I was brought up here and our kids were brought up here, so it feels good knowing we could give back.”
Being able to raise that much money, Boas said it makes her want to be able to do it more.
“It makes me want to at least be a part of it next year somehow,” she said of the event.
Although not a record-breaking year money-wise, the show continues to be the most successful and entertaining fundraiser for the two organizations. In its four-year history, Dancing with the Seymour Stars has raised more than $340,000.
The winner is determined by which dancers raise the most money in votes before and during the show. Some of the show’s biggest sponsors are Dick and Patty Elmore of Seymour, Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, Bob Poynter Group of Seymour, Schneck Medical Center and Smith Law Services.
Steve Stanfield, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said he has enjoyed being a part of the fundraiser for the last four years. He is planning to retire in 2017 after 41 years with the club, but said he will likely stay involved with the event in the future.
“Fundraising is never an easy task, but when you provide entertaining acts like these and two great organizations to support, that makes it a little bit easier,” he said. “I want to thank everyone who has supported the club all these years both financially and in other ways.”
Tom Goecker, president of Seymour Main Street, said that organization exists to preserve, rebuild and promote downtown Seymour.
“The downtown is the heart of our community,” he said.
Goecker said that work wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and Dancing with the Seymour Stars.
The Boases routine, choreographed by Brad and his wife, Ashley, started with Becky, a registered nurse at Schneck Medical Center, donning a white lab coat, nurse’s cap and stethoscope. She wheeled in Brad on a stretcher trying to resuscitate him to the tune of disco favorite “Stayin Alive.”
It quickly turned into a medley of popular dance songs including “Do You Love Me?”, “Uptown Funk,” where the Boases wielded confetti-shooting cannons and ended with “Come On Eileen” and a show-stopping dip.
“I thought we were the funniest, with our props and everything, but there were other dancers that were much better than us,” Becky Boas said. “Everyone was so good. There was a lot of camaraderie with this group.”
Dancers were responsible for coming up with their own routines and finding time to rehearse. Most of the participants had little to know dance experience.
Living in Greenwood, Brad said he would meet his mother at his hangar at Columbus airport to practice, but with their jobs, they really didn’t have much time.
“Just the time we got to spend together meant so much to me. The jokes, the laughter, the dancing,” he said. “We had a blast and I’m so proud of our community for stepping up and supporting these causes.”
Brad Boas said it’s that sense of family and community that he hopes to come back to someday.
Second place went to Dr. Andy Dick and Rae Ann Mellencamp for their tribute to Napoleon Dynamite and third place was Jeff Joray and Kayla Teulker for their Blues Brothers-inspired act.
After the show, Dick said he felt great to have had the chance to be a part of the event.
“At first there were a lot of nerves, but now it’s just excitement,” he said after taking second place.
He wasn’t disappointed that they didn’t win and said he was proud of his dance partner.
“I achieved my goals which I set forth of meeting more people, having a great time and raising some money,” he said.
Mellencamp said before the show her biggest fear in life was dancing. Although she was able to conquer her fear, she said she doesn’t plan to do it again anytime soon.
“I overcame the fear with the support of all the other dancers,” she said. “Everyone was very encouraging and Andy was the best teacher ever.”
She also said it was “amazing” being able to raise more than $92,000 for two community organizations just by dancing.
Other performers were Jason Storey and Maribel Enrique with a sizzling, Latin-infused routine; Pastor Joe Barlau and Sarah Arnold with a 70’s funk medley; Kody Riddle and fourth-time dancer Katrina Hardwick with their theatrical “Can’t Stop the Feeling” dance and second-time dancer Dr. Nate Otte and Marcie Pardieck with their Zoot Suit Riot number.
While votes were being tabulated by Mark Dennis CPA, the crowd was treated to performances by the Dancing Divas consisting of Betsy Bryant, Colts cheerleader Caroline Bowman, Lauren Kirts, Lisa Dyer, Kobie Jarmon, Leanna Royalty, Melissa Krawchison and Jess Otte; a comedy-dance routine from Katrina Hardwick, Matt Nieman and Karen Hess and a crowd-pleasing vocal and guitar performance by Mr. Jackson County 2015 Dr. David Hartung paying tribute to the Seymour Oktoberfest and Jackson County.
Winners of the fourth annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars
First place: Becky Boas and her son, Brad Boas
Second place: Dr. Andy Dick and Rae Ann Mellencamp
Third place: Jeff Joray and Kayla Teulker
The event raised a total of $92,078, for Boys & Girls Club of Seymour and Seymour Main Street.