Recently, Paul Bertozzi, the founder of Live Oak Contracting, participated in Jacksonville’s own Dancing with the Stars competition. It was held on Saturday, November 4 at the Lazzara Performance Hall at the University of North Florida. This exciting event raised money for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, and it was a remarkable success for the participants and spectators alike.
For those who are familiar with the televised Dancing with the Stars competition, the annual Jacksonville edition is very similar (the winners are even awarded a version of the famous Mirror Ball trophy). Local Jacksonville celebrities are each paired with a professional dancer and receive hands-on instruction before dancing for the crowd at the big event. Spectators vote on their favorites to decide the winner, and prizes are awarded for first, second, and third favorite pairs.
All of the funds raised at Jacksonville Dancing with the Stars go to support scholarships for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. This important Jacksonville institution was founded in 1995 with a roster of only 16 singers and has grown to become one of the premier youth arts organizations in the city.
Paul Bertozzi was honored to be chosen to represent Jacksonville area leaders in this competition and to help raise money to support one of the vital institutions for Jacksonville youth. Paul said, “Live Oak has long supported children’s programs in the city such as the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, and I am proud to have the opportunity to support them through Dancing with the Stars as well. I have been a Jacksonville resident for most of my life, and I have seen first hand how this organization helps children in our community pursue their passions through hard work and dedication. I want to thank my dancing partner Ru Mckinley, and everyone involved with Jacksonville Dancing with the Starts for presenting an event that was fun, competitive, and raised money for a great local cause.”
Jacksonville Dancing with the Stars has been growing year-over-year and raising record-breaking funds for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus with each iteration. This year was another outstanding result, raising funds to support various scholarship programs for the chorus.Paul worked hard to helped raise $10,000 for the choir! As for the dancing results, Vickie Cavey took home the championship along with her partner Wesley Kuehlthau. Second place went to Tracee Holzendorf and her pro partner Timothy Schweiger, while Connie Hodges and Samuel Penalba came in third.