Dancing King & Queen Announced – DWTSIE 2015
The Janet Goeske Foundation hosted its 10th annual Senior Salute Gala – FOXY on Saturday, April 25th at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in downtown Riverside. The event is JGF’s signature fundraiser, grossing over $200,000 annually, to support local senior programming and services. Despite a surprising and significant rainstorm just before the VIP Reception was to begin, hundreds of community members still showed up, to provide their support and to help improve the quality of life of those aged 50 & Better living throughout the community.
The undisputed highlight of the evening was the ever-popular “Dancing with the Stars – Inland Empire Edition!” friendly competition. Months ago, five of the Inland Empire’s FOXIEST couples [very generously] agreed to trade in their evenings, weekends, and living rooms to prepare for the contest. While many were hesitant, once they strapped on their Boogie Shoes there was no going back. Disco-mania swept the city and everyone involved came down with a serious case of FOXY FEVER!
Chancellor Michael & Deborah Burke, representing Riverside Community College District, had never danced together before they began practicing for this event (not even at their wedding!). Chief Michael & Robyne Moore, representing Riverside Fire Department, had a not so subtle rivalry with Letty Diaz, representing Riverside Police Department, but not her partner David St. Pierre, representing The Menagerie. Dr. Joel Pengson and his wife Lucia, representing Moreno Valley Community Medical Group, were thrilled to be reliving their youth, dancing all the same dances from when they were dating. To accommodate their busy schedules, Dr. Thomas Takei and his wife Sandi representing Riverside Medical Clinic, sometimes had to arrive at rehearsals with their young children already dressed in pajamas.
The Final Leaderboard:
- DANCING KING & DANCING QUEEN
Doctor Thomas & Sandi Takei (pictured)
- DISCO INFERNO Award
Chancellor Michael & Deborah Burke
- BOOGIE SHOES Award
David St. Pierre & Letty Diaz
- HOT STUFF Award
Chief Michael & Robyne Moore
- FOXY Award
Doctor Joel & Lucia Pengson
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make this event and Janet Goeske Foundation a success!