May 28, 2010
PICK SIX: Contestants announced for 17th Oxnard Salsa Festivalâ€™s Community Stars Dance Contest, July 25
(OXNARD, CALIF.) â€“ The 2010 Dancing with Our Community Stars Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser pairs local celebrities in the community with professional dancers to raise money for their cause and become the next dancing champion.
Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners in partnership with FOOD Share, three men and three women will take to the dance floor on July 25 with several of the regionâ€™s best salsa dance instructors.
This yearâ€™s six competitors include:
1) Art Chaparro dancing for Aspiranet (one of Californiaâ€™s largest nonprofit social services agencies) with partner Kelly Richardson
2) Doug Green dancing for Social Justice Fund of Ventura County with partner Vanessa Hernandez
3) Sandra Laby dancing for the Ventura Music Festival Association with partner Ottis Gillespie
4) Mary Olson dancing for KCLU Radio with partner Hector Sanchez
5) Will Reed dancing for St. Vincent de Paul/Winter Warming Shelter with partner Christina Maggio
6) Jax Rains-Turk dancing for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast with partner Jesse “Chuy” Rodriguez
In addition to competing for the trophy awarded by a panel of judges at the festival, each contestant is dancing for their charity of choice. The popular vote will be measured by the amount of money raised to further the charityâ€™s cause through donations made by the public.
Over the past three years, the festivalâ€™s dance competition fundraiser has raised more than $115,000 for local charities.
To attend and cheer on this yearâ€™s celebrity dancers:
What:Â Oxnard Salsa Festival Dance Competition
When:Â 1:10 p.m., July 25
Where:Â Plaza Park, Oxnard
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About the Salsa Festival Competition Dancers
Art Chaparro, Aspiranet
As Development Director for Aspiranet, one of the largest nonprofit social services agencies in California, Art develops strong relationships between 21 district offices, local community businesses and community leaders. Through fundraising events and working with volunteers, Aspiranet generates additional funding to enhance programs focused on helping foster children and families.
Art is dancing on behalf of Aspiranet and the thousand of foster children, teens and families served throughout the state of California. He will be teamed with professional dancer Kelly Richardson.
Art is a second generation resident of Oxnard and currently resides in Long Beach with his wife, Traci and son, David.
Doug Green, Social Justice Fund for Ventura County
Santa Paula resident Doug Green is dancing to benefit the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County to address poverty and inequality within local communities.
Doug currently is a doctoral candidate in Pepperdine Universityâ€™s Organizational Leadership Program, teaches nonprofit management at Pepperdine and California Lutheran Universities and consults nonprofit organizations in Southern California.
He is a past leader for AIDS Care and founded nonprofit consulting programs for the Nonprofit Support Center of Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County Community Foundation. He
Doug will partner with Vanessa Hernandez, an instructor at House of Dance in Ventura.
Sandra Laby, Ventura Music Festival
Sandra Laby has been a supporter of the Ventura Music Festival since its founding 16 years ago and has been a member of its Board of Directors for the past 15 years.Â As an advocate for the arts, Sandra sits on the Board of the New West Symphony, the Ventura County Ballet Company and the Board of Advisors for the Rubicon Theatre Company.
She is dancing with professional partner Otis Gillespie to benefit the Ventura Music Festival and continue the tradition of bringing world-class musicians to Ventura for its annual music festival the first 10 days each May.
Married to Jordan, they have two sons and are first-time grandparents.
Mary Olson, KCLU
Mary Olson is general manager of KCLU Radio, home to National Public Radio and local news in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. She is dancing to raise money for equipment in the new KCLU Broadcast Center to be used by the KCLU team in the studios and in the field for breaking news and feature stories.
Mary, who says she will dance in memory of her beloved Brazilian mother who loved to dance, is paired with professional dance partner Hector Sanchez, an instructor with the Santa Barbara Dance Center.
A resident of Moorpark, she is married to J. Gonzo Raymond and has three children.
Will Reed, St. Vincent de Paul/Winter Warming Shelter
Employed by the City of Oxnard as a Homeless Program Coordinator, Will Reed will dance for the St. Vincent de Paul and Winter Warming Shelter.
Will also volunteers as a high school and college football and basketball official in the Channel Coast Officials Organization, is a former professional football player and a licensed minister at St. Paul Baptist Church under Senior Pastor Bishop Broderick A. Huggins.
Married to Rashida with whom he has three sons, Will is paired with professional dancer Christina Maggio.
Jacqueline Rains-Turk, Girl Scouts of California, Central Coast
Based in Ventura, Jacqueline Rains-Turk (Jax) is chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of California Central Coast (GSCCC). She is dancing to help fund Girl Scout Leadership Experience Programs to girls throughout the council. Through community collaborations, troops, events, camp and series pathways, GSCCC provides young girls multiple ways to experience Girl Scouting.
Ultimately, Jax says she is dancing with professional partner Jesse â€œChuyâ€ Rodriguez to â€œbuild girls of courage, confidence and character and hopes to demonstrate these traits through her dance routine.â€
She resides in Newbury Park with her husband, Jeff, and two daughters.
About FOOD Share
A major food bank distributing millions of pounds of food each year to those in need throughout Ventura County, FOOD Share collects and receives food year-round, distributing to more than 150 partner agencies throughout Ventura County, including Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura.
Its Brown Bag and Snack Attack programs provide supplemental nutrition to nearly 2,000 low income seniors through 31 agencies and healthy nutritious after school snacks to approximately 2,400 children though 12 agencies countywide and provides food to more than 54,700 people each month. Information: (805) 983-7100 or www.foodshare.com.
About the Oxnard Salsa Festival
This year’s 17th anniversary celebration of all things salsa is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners. The award-winning Oxnard Salsa Festival features the region’s top salsa and Latin jazz bands, non-stop salsa dancing, marketplace shopping, tortilla art for kids, a salsa tasting tent, two international food courts and the Dancing with our Community Stars Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser. Information: http://www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.
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