Upper Peninsula Hospice Foundation hosts ‘Dancing with the Stars’

MARQUETTE – The stars, the drama, the glamour and the glitter are back as the Upper Peninsula Hospice Foundation will present the second annual “Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style” May 22.

The cast of “Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style” – which will take place at Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University – was announced Tuesday night.

Dancing for the 2014 Mirror Ball Trophy are: Tyler Jenema and Monica Markvardsen; Jack and Kim Frost; Jennifer Huetter and Reed Benton; Julie Shaw and Jeremy Hosking; Christine Pesola and Joe Heck; Phil and Britta Pennell; Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois and Andy Langlois; and Tyler and Erin Gauthier.

The dance professionals who will coach, instruct and choreograph a ballroom style dance for the participants are: Jill Grundstrom, director of dance; Katie Boyle; Alexandrea Holley; Camilla Mingay; and Maggie Barch.

The local stars will soon be practicing for the big event with online video updates of their progress. There will also be a Fan Favorite Award given the evening of the performance to the star couple that collects the most online votes from March 10 through May 22 at www.uphomehealth.org.

Tickets for the event will go on sale March 10.

The evening of the competition, doors will open at 5 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. The fundraiser will benefit the Upper Peninsula Hospice Foundation and its programs, with 100 percent of money raised donated back to hospice patients and their families.

The Upper Peninsula Hospice Foundation supports countless hours of volunteer services from concerned families, community members and health care professionals who donate their time, talents, unused medical supplies and equipment to assist families in need. The “Make-A-Memory” program is a mini-version of the nationally recognized Make-a-Wish Foundation. Foundation funds have been used to support a variety of activities, including family reunions, fall color tours, fishing trips or building a wheelchair ramp to enable a family to be mobile once again.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor of this event should contact Lindsay Hemmila, director of community services at Upper Peninsula Home Health, for the sponsorship levels. She can be reached at 225-4545 or lindsayh@uphomehealth.org.