Small business owner, entrepreneur Lenora Caines, Melbourne Ballroom’s Barry Johnson perform at Dancing for the Space Coast

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ABOVE VIDEO: Small business owner and entrepreneur Lenora Caines and Melbourne Ballroom’s Barry Johnson perform at Dancing for the Space Coast.

WATCH REPLAY: 2022 Dancing For the Space Coast charity fundraiser raises over $400,000 for local charities.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – “Dancing For the Space Coast,” Brevard County’s annual fundraising event, was presented Saturday night at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center to an enthusiastic, who’s who, sold-out audience of more than 800 people.

For those who were unable to get a ticket or attend the event, Space Coast Daily streamed all the exciting action live on demand via the Space Coast Daily TV app. The Space Coast Daily TV app is available for download at Apple TV App Store, Amazon Fire TV store and Roku TV Channel Store.

Over the past 10 years, Dancing for the Space Coast has grown to be the largest charity event in Brevard County, and the 2022 edition raised more than $400,000 benefiting the House of Hope, Promise in Brevard, the Veterans Memorial Center and benefit the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office charity.

A native of Kentucky, Lenora always dreamed of living by the sea. Her dreams came true when she and her younger son Destin moved here eight years ago.

Their older son Brandon and future daughter-in-law Haley are expecting their first child in June.

“You are giving me the greatest gift of my first grandchild and I am so excited to be a Bella,” Caines said.

These past few years have been an incredible journey embracing a healthy lifestyle in Florida thanks to her friends at Fitness on Fifth. Meeting Susan Belcher and becoming part of her Fit Tribe has given Lenora a sense of belonging and a Florida fitness family.

“I am grateful for her and the tribe.”

Lenora is a jewelry designer, entrepreneur and business owner looking forward to the future. She is excited to support the community and these wonderful charities.

The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne City Councilor and ROTC Senior Army Instructor from Viera High School Col. Tim Thomas and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic. Thomas, a decorated retired US officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic dance routine. Above, with Thomas and Arnold Dancing for the Space Coast director Lindsey Deaton, left, and Brevard County Deputy Sheriff John Martinez, sheriff of the event.

Tim Thomas wins with patriotic dance routine

The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne City Councilor and ROTC Senior Army Instructor from Viera High School Col. Tim Thomas and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic. Thomas, a decorated retired US officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic dance routine.

Dancer Ashley Buescher from Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom took second place. The team of Danielle Masucci, a broker for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia took third place.

This highly entertaining event also featured the outstanding performances of dancers Zachary Biddulph, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Rob Medina and Jayvo Scott.

Leading up to the event, the local celebrities who danced at the event helped raise money months before the event as they prepared for their complex dance routine in front of a huge crowd.

The charity event was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and hosted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who helped facilitate a live auction and live dance performances by dance professionals and local celebrities who competed to raise money for Brevard County nonprofits collect.

“The real stars of the event are the dancers who work diligently to raise money for these worthy causes,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

AND THE WINNER IS… Dancer Ashley Buescher from Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson from Melbourne Ballroom, far left, took second place. The team of Danielle Masucci, broker for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia took third place on the far right. The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne City Councilor and ROTC Senior Army Instructor from Viera High School Col. Tim Thomas and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio in Indialantic.

Bragging rights on the line

Each celebrity dancer was paired with a professional dancer as they took part in a ballroom dance – and to brag about being the best dancer in Brevard.

On the evening of the competition, each dance couple performed a choreographed ballroom dance, which is judged by a jury. During the show, couples earned points based on several technical ability factors, but judges’ points alone do not determine the dancer’s final score.

In the run-up to the actual performance, the dancers have already earned 60 percent of their points through their fundraisers for needy charities.

Dancing For the Space Coast is presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and sponsored by L3Harris and Space Coast Daily and Florida Tech.

Brevard County’s signature annual fundraising event, “Dancing For the Space Coast,” was presented Saturday night at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center to an enthusiastic, who’s who, sold-out audience of more than 800 people. This highly entertaining event not to be missed is presented by dancers Zachary Biddulph, Ashley Buesher, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Danielle Masucci, Rob Medina, Jayvo Scott and Tim Thomas.

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