Out & About: Animal Friends of Westmoreland Hosts Dance Party, Reveals New Name

Things got a little rowdy at Dancing with the celebritieshosted Friday night by Animal Friends of Westmoreland at the Palace Theater in Greensburg.

There were boos and cat calls from members of the public unhappy with some of the judges’ scores.

After intermission, Master of Ceremonies and AFW Executive Director Kelly Brisbane asked, “Are you tired of the free wine and beer?”

A conspicuously minor voice responded with a loud “No!” »

It was a lot of fun, however, as nine dance duos strutted through the annual competition which raises money for the Youngwood-based animal rescue and adoption organization which also has a large animal sanctuary in Unity. .

Celebrity dancers – representing business, education, healthcare, nonprofits and government – ​​were paired with dance teachers for performances in a variety of dance styles, from ballroom to tango via hip hop.

At stake was first, second and third place in the jury and public prizes.

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Laura Johnson and Brittny Cooper-Reilly won second place in the judges’ award at Dancing With the Celebrities, presented by Animal Friends of Westmoreland on May 6 at the Palace Theater in Greensburg.

When the last dance was danced and the last vote was tallied, these pairs, with celebrity and instructor listed respectively, prevailed:

•Nate Nevala and Khrystal ferryfirst place winners in both categories

• Brittany Cooper-Reilly and Laura Johnsonsecond place judges award

• Heather Bach Huber and markus Greskothird place judges award

• Tracy Showman and jerry Greskosecond prize of the public

• Rodney Little and Sarah To acknowledgethe third place of the people.

Were also competing Alicia Belli – Overly and Gary Manges, Ben Huber and Eve Squires, Carly Lutz and Dylan Pal and Zak Shuster and Judy Gresco.

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Markus Gresko and Heather Bach Huber won third place in the judges’ award at Dancing With the Celebrities, presented by Animal Friends of Westmoreland on May 6 at the Palace Theater in Greensburg.

The judges were former award-winning judges Aubrey Worek – DeStephen and Jackie sobelaccompanied by the singer Aubrey Burchellwho also sang, showing off the great voice that takes her to “America’s Got Talent.”

Choreography was provided by Laura Johnson, Susan Yademec Dance Co. and TDI Ballroom. Little and Rebitch adapted their routine from the movie “Take the Lead.”

The show opened with an aerobic dance routine by Sobel and Worek-DeStephen. The dancers of the Susan Yademec company performed a group and member number Marie Planique performed a solo tap routine.

On a more serious note, Brisbane has announced that the organization is renaming itself Heal Animal Rescue.

The name change is designed to avoid confusion with the Pittsburgh-area organization of the same name, Animal Friends, and to reflect the healing properties that interacting with animals can bring to human lives.

It also reflects the will of the founder and president of the AFW Valentino candy to expand the reach of the organization beyond Westmoreland County.

Brisbane also noted that a new grant will allow Heal Animal Rescue to hire a vet and establish a mobile neutering and neutering clinic.

For more information, visit animalfriendswestmoreland.org.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Colleen D. Ervin