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Stars dance for a Cause in The Woodlands

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On Thursday, April 12, 2018, volunteer “community stars” and dance professionals took to the dance floor at the 6th Annual “Dancing with The Woodlands Stars” to compete for votes and raise funds for The Woodlands Family YMCA. Every dollar raised – from ticket purchases, auction items and online votes – benefitted to The Woodlands Family YMCA.

The Woodlands Family YMCA provides more than $600,000 annually in financial assistance to local families. The support and funds raised from the event makes community-strengthening Y programs like swim lessons, after school care and youth sports available to everyone regardless of age, income or background.

The unique charity event was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and featured 12 local leaders as the live dance entertainment including:

  • Lisa Brooks: Consolidated Communications
  • John Garrett: RE/MAX Carlton Woods
  • Whitney Montgomery: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center & The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine
  • Krystal Hopton: CHI St. Luke’s Health The Woodlands
  • Dan Altom: The Woodlands Young Learners Academy
  • Dr. Jenifer Powers: Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
  • Dr. Jay Kovar: Tomball Regional Emergency Physicians PA and Phi Air Medical Texas
  • Jen Bruse: Hello Woodlands
  • George Musselman: Bogart Wealth
  • Marc Atnipp: FDI Creative
  • Henry Stevens: Investment Advisory Services Inc.
  • Cindy Bryson and Justin Staats: Veteran Heroes for Freedom

Anthony Lewis, Country Dance Houston, and Jennifer Bruse, Hello Woodlands, won Best Choreography.

Patricia Rochester of Patricia’s Dance Lessons partnered with the Y to provide the dance partners, lessons and choreography for the community stars.

Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 and Ted Oberg with ABC13 were the emcees of the evening, also including live and silent auction, dinner, and dancing after the performances.

Raising over $6,500 for the cause, Whitney Montgomery of  Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center & The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes Magazine and her parter Jorge Barquet of Country Dance Houston won first place in the dance competition.

Alumni Dancers of YMCA Dancing with The Woodlands Stars made a special appearance at the end of the show.

Visit the Hello Woodlands Facebook page for more photos and videos from the evening!

First organized in 1886, the YMCA of Greater Houston is one of the city’s leading nonprofits dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, seeks to serve all – regardless of age, income, faith or background and we welcome everyone. In the greater Houston area, 36 YMCA centers, one overnight camp and hundreds of program sites nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the city’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in the Houston community, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change. To learn more, call 713-659-5566 or visit

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