Dancing With The Santa Fe Stars 2016!

More than 400 people from all over Santa Fe (and quite a few from beyond!) filled the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on Friday, April 29 to celebrate the time and talents of six dance couples who had worked their tails off to provide an unforgettable performance to benefit Breakthrough and tuition assistance at Prep. Presided over by our amazing Brad Fairbanks as Emcee, the evening was an unprecedented success: Mayor Javier Gonzales gave a poignant speech about the state of education in New Mexico and the need for tuition assistance and Breakthrough; four performing art celebrities served as judges (thank you to Maria Benitez, Bob Martin, Leigh Moiola, and Rulan Tangen); six talented dance teams gave mesmerizing performances; and the evening capped off with a shake-it-‘til-you-drop dance party launched on stage by Jim and Story Leonard.  Santa Fe was abuzz the next morning with recaps of “The Party!”

Congratulations to Kelly Stranahan and Mike Garcia for winning the Judges Award, Janine Feng and Dave Duncklee for winning the Midas Award, and Allie Cooper and Darrin Visarraga for winning the Popular Vote!

We are exceptionally grateful to our sponsors, who are listed below. We could not have raised the $70,000 we did that night without their support, particularly our top Trophy Sponsors—thank you Thornburg Investment Management, Century Bank, and Hutton Broadcasting—whose repeated generosity has contributed significantly to the effectiveness of our programs.

We also thank Fiasco Fine Wines and Loyal Hound for donating wine, Soren Peters ’92 for donating Marble Brewery beer, Robert at Paper Tiger for making the program happen, Hector at Kelly’s Liquor, Peter Dent from Adobo Catering (a new Prep parent next year) and so many others.

Finally, a huge shout goes out to co-chairs Christine Lehman and Adelma Hnasko ’92, Food and Beverage Chair Margaret Hennessey, and Sponsor Chair Sayuri Matthews for their tireless work to make this a night to remember!

Our FABULOUS sponsors:

TROPHY:  Century Bank, Hutton Broadcasting, and Thornburg Investment Management

DISCO BALL: CHRISTUS St. Vincent, First National Santa Fe, Seth Fuller/Arrow Paris, Gemini Rosemont Realty, Growing Generations, International Fertility Law Group, Los Alamos National Bank, Patricia Peck, DDS Fellow, American, Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomate, Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and Santa Fe Imaging Center

SEQUINS:  Daniels Insurance, Inc., High Desert Landscape Maintenance, Inc., Hinkle Law Firm, Peyote Bird Designs, PNM, Rassmuson Design, LLC., Reynolds & Rodar Insurance Group, Inc., Caroline Russell and Jeffrey Thomas, Sarcon Construction, Todd and Krista Tyra, Deborah J. Trouw, CFP ®, and ADPA ®/Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, Inc.

GLITTER:  Architectural Alliance, Inc. – Eric Enfield AIA, Buffalo Thunder, Eliseo Arebalos and Scott Cook, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, Harry’s Roadhouse, HVL Interiors, Jenkins/Gavin Design, Dr. Preston and Sayuri Matthews, Sean Gallagher, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley, NDI New Mexico, New Mexico Gas Company, Reproductive Law Center, Santa Fe Advisors, LLC, The Simons Firm, LLP, Stedman/Kehoe/Hirsch, Sotheby’s International Realty, Taylor, Roth and Company, and We Do Windows Santa Fe