Saturday, June 12th, 2021, 5pm at The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Dine and Dance with the Stars is a competition based on the hit tv show Dancing with the Stars. Local “celebrities” dance to raise money for the charities BMA supports. They are partnered with local professional dancers. The person who gets the most votes ($20 per vote) becomes the grand champion and takes home the coveted mirror ball. Professional dancers from the actual television show join us as judges, as well as perform and auction off dances with themselves. Emcees are 610 Sports Bob Fescoe and Fox 4 Meteorologist Michelle Bogowith.
Sarah Owings turned 40 in July, 2019. At this intersection of life, Sarah wanted to contribute to something bigger than herself during this milestone year and kick of the new decade. Sarah, a KC Native, wanted that contribution to impact her hometown, the best city in the universe, Kansas City. KidsTLC came into Sarah’s life May 24, 2019. Sarah started a new career adventure in May, 2019 with a local healthcare IT company, Netsmart, and needed to see Netsmart’s work in action. KidsTLC, was a local Netsmart account in Kansas City where there was an opportunity to shadow and experience a day in the life. From the intake office, to seeing the onsite school to watching services being provided to the kids — that day was monumental for Sarah on two fronts – 1). complete validation that Sarah made the right career change with Netsmart and 2). Sarah knew she wasn’t done with KidsTLC; Sarah knew deep in her bones that this was just the beginning, she just didn’t know what that meant when she left the KidsTLC campus that day.
Fast forward to June 8, 2019. Sarah attended the 10th annual BMA Foundation “Dine & Dance with the Stars” event. Sarah has been attending the event for the last five years as an annual girl’s night out. Ballroom dancing supporting local charities makes for a crazy, fun night. The Anselmo family is a family everyone needs to know, period. And KidsTLC was one of the local charities. It was a full circle moment for Sarah and it clicked. Sarah was sitting in her chair at the 2019 event and she knew internally she was going to be dancing for KidsTLC in 2021. #boom
Here we are. Sarah is committed to hustling hard to raise awareness and advocacy across Sarah’s tribe (husband – Ryan, 9 year old son – Mason) and across the broader Kansas City tribe to know more, care more and love more for our kids & families transformation’s happening daily at KidsTLC. We all need support. We all need family. We all need deep-rooted relationships to carry us thru this messy thing called life. Sarah has been and will continue to be driven to influence our culture where everyone belongs & where it’s ok to be not ok some days.
We can all heal and love more with a couple shimmy’s together for each other.
Xoxoxo (& all.the.shimmy’s),
~Sarah (aka Hubbie, SOwings)
Sarah will be dancing with Rafael Labrado.
Susan Rhyner is thrilled to be representing Bags of Fun KC as their dancer for the 2020 BMA Foundation Dancing with the Stars. Susan, a current Board Member of Bags of Fun, and her husband, Rick (a semi-professional dancer in his own right), as well as their three children Madison (27), Margot (23) and Mitchell (21) have been involved with Bags of Fun since 2011.
Originally from the small town of Wellington, Missouri, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While there Susan spent time honing her dance skills at fraternity parties, and as a cheerleader for the Tigers (MIZ). She served as an ambassador for the University participating in Philanthropic programs, visiting the Veterans hospital and reading to under privileged children. She has a passion for giving back to the community in which she lives. Since College, she has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, the Gillis Home for Children, the Rose Brooks Center, and her children’s schools.
Susan is an Account Executive for the John A. Marshall Co., a locally owned office furnishings dealership. She began her career with JAMCO in the late 1980’s, and after 8 years decided to stay at home with her kids. She resurrected her career with the Marshall Co. 5 years ago and is proud to have some of her co-workers in the audience supporting her tonight.
Susan’s hope is that by dancing, and raising money for this amazing event, that she can create awareness of Bags of Fun Kansas City with her friends, donors and the community while highlighting the importance of providing joy, laughter and relief to a child battling life threatening disease.
Jen Gile is sincerely honored to be dancing for Noah’s Bandage Project in the hopes of raising a ton of money to help fund research for Pediatric Cancer. Jen was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago. She attended the University of Iowa on a volleyball scholarship and moved back to Chicago after graduation to start her own mortgage business. In 2007 she moved to Kansas City to be closer to her only sister Nancy whom she coached volleyball with for 7 years at St. James Academy. She and her sister had children 10 days apart and the kids are now in the same class in 5thgrade. She started her mortgage business over in Kansas City and is so grateful to call Kansas City her home. She is consistently ranked in the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in the country. She married her husband Luke in 2009 and has 2 boys whom she adores Hunter (10), and Logan (8). They attend Sacred Heart School in Shawnee, and also are very involved in sports. Jen is passionate about helping people achieve the dream of homeownership and also teaching people how to invest in real estate. She is also passionate about training and educating real estate agents on how to grow their business. When she is not working, she is most likely watching her boys play sports. She loves to travel, cook, read and spend time with friends. She believes strongly that to whom much has been given, much is expected, and is very excited to raise awareness for such an important cause.
Jeremy LaFaver is a partner at Stateline Strategies, a government affairs lobbying firm, where he represents area businesses, associations, and non-profits at the state and local level throughout Kansas and Missouri.
Jeremy is dancing for the BMA Foundation and Operation Breakthrough this year and couldn’t be more excited. Jeremy has been helping raise money for Operation Breakthrough for more than 10 years and is passionate about making sure kids have every opportunity to be successful. He has also become good friends with Jerry Anselmo over the last 10 years, wholeheartedly supporting the mission of the BMA foundation and the Anselmo family.
LaFaver married into the “South KC Catholic Mafia” when he married Stephanie Roling, a lifelong friend of the Anselmo family. Stephanie and her sister, Susie, grew up with the Anselmo children, attending grade school and high school together.
Since coming to Kansas City, Jeremy has been involved with CASA, Partnership for Children, the Alliance for Childhood Education, area schools, the MO Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and others. He has a passion for helping children and families and that’s why he’s so excited to be part of the BMA’s Dancing with the Stars event in 2021.
Jeremy and Stephanie live in Waldo with their two daughters, Isabelle and Caroline, and their dog, Emma Jean.
Valerie is so excited to be representing TeamSmile in this year’s BMA Foundation Dine and Dance with the Stars event! What she is lacking in dance experience, she makes up for in dental knowledge. She can’t salsa, tango or jive [yet], but the girl can FLOSS.
Valerie’s passion for dental education and patient care began with a 4-year run as a dental hygienist for the pediatric and special needs population. After another 10 years as a paid RDH in a general/cosmetic practice, she now works for free at home for her four children (ages 12, 9, 4 and 2). Valerie is still closely tied to the dental industry by her husband, Spencer, who is KC’s Practice Transition and Equipment Specialist for Henry Schein, one of TeamSmile’s biggest partners.
As a CASA volunteer, Valerie advocates for foster children as they make their way back to their birth family or into a permanent adoptive home. Someday Spencer and Valerie want to open their home to children in the foster system, but at this point they are observing a one-in, one-out policy on inhabitants to protect the sanity of everyone involved. Until then, her role as a CASA allows Valerie to be a small part of the solution to a massive, heartbreaking problem.
Valerie is a big proponent of “self-care” as well. She diligently carves out me-time by working out at The Athletic Club of OP during the day, then binge eating chocolate chips from the Costco-size bag while watching Netflix series with her husband after all the kids are in bed.
Valerie would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her over these 40-ish weeks to accomplish this fun feat! She will be forever grateful to the Anselmo family and TeamSmile for allowing her this opportunity to get out of her comfort zone and be useful in the world.
Jimmy Walker was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and still calls the city home. The son of a KCMO firefighter, Jimmy has been with the KCMO Fire Department for 25 years. Married to his beautiful wife Heather, who still doesn’t realize she could have done better, Jimmy also has three kids ages 11 to 24. When not working long hours, serving on three non-profit boards, or chasing the youngest kiddo Maggie around town either to hockey games, soccer games, or swim meets, Jimmy enjoys sleep and the occasional vacation.
During his tenure as a Deputy Fire Chief, Jimmy received a call from Brett Horn with Charlie’s House. This cold call from Brett was the beginning of a great partnership between the KCFD and Charlie’s House that continues to this day in our combined mission to prevent accidents involving children. After Jimmy was promoted out of the position that facilitated the partnership, Brett missed Jimmy so much that he asked him to be on the board of Charlie’s House. This appointment ultimately led Brett to con Jimmy into doing something his wife has tried to get him to do for years, which is dance. But while Jimmy can’t dance, he wants to do everything he can to raise money and awareness to prevent the tragic childhood accidents that he has seen all too often in his career.
Beth Ott is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Key Partners in Prairie Village, licensed in Missouri and Kansas. With a professional background in marketing, Beth also owns her own marketing consultancy where she helps small businesses maximize smaller budgets.
She started her charitable organization involvement almost 10 years ago with many local organizations as a board member, event committee member, chair member and even co-founded her own non-profit, SocialHeart, with two close friends Julie Barr and Luke Wade. SocialHeart, a 100% volunteer-based organization, raises funds and awareness for Kansas City based charities through event planning. One of their very first fundraising events was for the Dream Factory, so Beth is excited to keep the momentum going for this amazing organization and the many smiles they bring to children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
Beth loves spending time with her husband, bonus kiddos, friends and family. A connector at heart, you’ll frequently hear her mantra of “Yes, and!” If you can’t find her out and about at a networking event or live concert, she’s either at home hosting dinners with her husband or trotting the globe traveling abroad.
She is no stranger to the stage as she used to do improv and may or may not have been on her high school dance team. She even clogged when she was in grade school, but don’t worry she won’t be pulling those moves out again any time soon! In fact, Dancing with the Stars has been on her bucket list for years.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Misty has lived in the KC metro area her entire life. She is currently a Personal Trainer, and loves having the ability to help people thrive through fitness. Misty grew up dancing and singing, and even performed overseas in Seville, Spain at the World’s Fair in 1992. Misty and her husband, Jeff Stacy of Advanced Drainage Systems have two beautiful children, Carson (11) and Piper (9). Carson is on the Autism Spectrum and Misty and Jeff are passionate about advocating for his future and Autism Awareness. Whether it’s being the Chair of a committee, a Volunteer, or an Attendee, Misty and her family are no strangers to the charity and fundraising game! Misty and Jeff love to travel, and spend time with their family and friends. Misty is excited to be representing the BMA in the annual Dancing with the Stars event, and feels lucky to be given the opportunity to support this amazing foundation. While Misty is naturally fun-spirited, this event is bringing out her competitive side- in a big way! After a 29 year dancing hiatus, Misty is coming back out on the stage tonight in an effort to raise as many funds as possible for the BMA Foundation.
Dan is beyond proud, excited and grateful to dance for STM for All and give back to the incredible St. Thomas More community that has given so much love and support to his family. After supporting his two sons through kidney transplants, one of them in San Antonio this past summer, Dancing Dan is ready to put on his boogie shoes and dance to support the kids and their families. He and his wife are committed to helping continue to make a difference in the lives of all the children at STM. Once forbidden to ever dance or sing in public by his wife, she has given him permission for this special cause!
Dan, a network engineer, is married to St. Thomas More kindergarten teacher, Kiely Tanner. They have 28-year old twin sons, Quinn and Micah. When Dan is not solving network issues at Husch Blackwell LLP, he can be seen dancing as he does his daily activities, such as walking his dog, Sid, grilling, going to lunch on the plaza or serving as vice-president of his HOA. Dancing Dan Tanner wasn’t even aware that his sweet moves would come in handy!
Dan has been involved with FIRE and STM for many years. He and his wife volunteer at a variety of functions to support the organizations. He is thankful to Jerry and Mary Ellen Anselmo for supporting so many charities and is glad to now be a part of the BMA family.