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Thank you for joining us at the
Flagstar's Dancing with the Stars
A Charity Benefit for Lighthouse
presented by Erica & Jeff Lawson
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Congratulations to our Dancing with the Stars Champion:
Amanda is the lead vocalist of Detroit rock band Eva Under Fire. They recently released their new song "Heroin(e)" as part of the Sno Babies movie soundtrack under Better Noise Music. The film is a banner for teen addiction awareness. Passionate about both music and psychology, Amanda is also a mental health advocate. Her music has stood behind several causes including anti-bullying and suicide prevention with songs like "I Will Fight" and "The Strong". She's excited to be part of yet another event for a great cause stating, "I love that my music allows me to give back. I'm thrilled to be part of another event for Lighthouse". Eva Under Fire also participated in the Lighthouse Live benefit event earlier this year.
Alexandria Riley competed in Dancing With the Detroit Stars two years ago and is excited to return. She inspired our audience in 2018 and won the competition. At just 20 years old, Alexandria was involved in a lifechanging accident. While driving back to U-M Flint, her car was forced into the median on I-75 and flipped four times. Despite the obstacles of the accident, her injury, and a long recovery, Riley never gave up. Instead, she took on new challenges, and continues to dance. She’s looking forward to this year’s virtual event.
Born and raised in Pontiac, Riley serves as the Sales & Development Director at the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. She has sadly lost multiple people to COVID-19 and she’ll be dancing, in part, to honor them as well.
Rachel Shere has enjoyed serving as a rabbi at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills since her rabbinic ordination in 2004. She looks forward each year to the week that Adat Shalom opens its doors to the SOS/Lighthouse clients. Her interests include meditation, interfaith conversation, walking in nature, and leading spirituality retreats for women. She has served on the board of SOS/Lighthouse, as well as Kadima, a Jewish agency that promotes mental health. She loves spending time with her husband of 22 years, Dan, their three sons, Eitan, Avi, and Ezra, as well as their dog, Benny, and cat, Manny. While she is comfortable giving sermons in front of a thousand people, dancing in front of anyone is totally outside her comfort zone. That said, the opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for the SOS/Lighthouse mission is worth the stage fright. Rabbi Rachel Shere was Lighthouse’s Top Fundraiser at 2019’s Dancing with the Stars event!
Claudia Rahardjanoto & Mike Jellick
Claudia Rahardjanoto will be tap dancing her way from the Big Apple to Motown for this year’s Dancing with the Stars event! Rahardjanoto, who’s based in New York City, is performing with pianist Michael Jellick, who’s a mainstay in the Detroit Jazz scene. Jellick has participated in Lighthouse events in the past, including this year’s virtual Rent Party. He introduced Rahardjanoto to the organization a couple years ago when the two were attending the Detroit Jazz Festival. Rahardjanoto was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She moved to the United States to pursue her passion for tap and it’s paid off.
“I get to perform and teach this truly American art form and pinch myself every day that I am able to do it,” she said.
Luly Del Real
Dancing is more than a hobby for Luly Del Real, it’s a way to spread joy, love and positivity. Del Real began dancing when she was a child in Mexico. Her passion for Mexican folkloric dance and culture turned into a career. She studied at the world-renowned Institute of Bellas Artes.
After moving to Michigan in 2000 with her husband who had a great job opportunity in the auto industry, the mother of five started two ballets: Joyas de México in 2005 and Matices in 2014. She went on to create Casart Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps the Hispanic community through art. Del Real, who serves as dance teacher and choreographer, will be joined by five dancers at this year’s Dancing with the Stars event: Edgar Lopez, Isabella Martinez, Xochitl Vanderplas, Ana Escamilla and Vania Hudson. The group comes from a variety of backgrounds: some were born in Mexico and others were born in the United States, some are married with kids and others are single, but one common theme they all share is their love of dancing.
She sang vocals on the smash hit “Dancing in The Street” – now Motown diva Martha Reeves will be dancing in your feed during this year’s virtual Dancing with the Detroit Stars to benefit Lighthouse.
The award-winning R&B and pop singer and former Detroit City Council Member is the lead singer of the group Martha and the Vandellas. They have more than a dozen hit singles to their credit include “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.”
Martha was born in Alabama and grew up in Detroit, one of 11 children in a churchgoing family. Her grandfather, Rev. Elijah Reeves was a minister at Detroit’s Metropolitan Church. She attended Detroit’s Northeastern High School and inherited her love of music from her parents.
In addition to their smash hits, Martha and the Vandellas appeared on American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show and many others. Ms. Reeves’ storied career includes live performances, movie soundtracks, acting, a best-selling autobiography, and a seat on the Detroit City Council from 2005 – 2009. Now, she’ll add Dancing with the Detroit stars to her long list of performances. We are truly honored to have her participation in this year’s event.
Derrick D. Coleman is an American retired basketball player. Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up and attended high school in Detroit, and attended college at Syracuse University. He was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets.
Throughout his career, the left-handed Coleman was an effective low post scorer, averaging 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He enjoyed his best years as a member of the New Jersey Nets, where he averaged 19.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. His Syracuse jersey number, 44, was retired on March 5, 2006. As of 2007, he was working as a developer and entrepreneur in Detroit. He has also appeared as an occasional studio analyst for NBA TV's "NBA Gametime Live" coverage. For years now, Derrick Coleman and his staff are dedicated to mentoring and teaching the youth in Detroit, leading them down a path to have success on and off the court.
Erika Erickson is a reporter with Fox 2 News in Detroit who is no stranger to the dance floor. She has participated in (and won) dance competitions herself in the past and has also served as a Dancing With the Detroit Stars judge in previous years. Erika grew up in Canton and attended Plymouth-Canton High School. She attended Wayne State University and was the 2009 Journalism Graduate of the Year. Her fun, vibrant personality and big-hearted community spirit make her a great addition to our judge's panel.
Howard Hertz formed the law firm of Hertz Schram PC with Bradley Schram in 1979. He specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney for Hertz Schram's Entertainment and Intellectual Property Practice Groups. Since 1976, he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors, screenwriters, recording artists, radio personalities, producers, production companies, record labels, agents, artist managers, music publishers, songwriters, and athletes. Among the many organizations and honors to Hertz's credit, he is a member of the board of directors and president of the Detroit Music Awards, chairman of the Detroit Music Foundation, a former member of MusiCares' Program and Services Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization, a former member of the board of governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Chicago Chapter, a member of the Grammy Advocacy Committee, a former member of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission, a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, the 2018 recipient of the Arts Advocacy Award presented by Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and the 2004 recipient of the John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the arts community.
Andrea Isom is a Special Projects Reporter at WXYZ. She started at 7 Action News in 2017. Although Andrea has been telling stories in Detroit for 14 years, she also worked at the other station in Southfield! Andrea eats, sleeps, and breathes the true art of storytelling. It is her purpose and passion. Andrea has been in the business for 25 years and counting. She is humbled and honored to be creating even more multi-media magic. Andrea has extended her unique brand, abundance of energy and her colorful flare to National Television platforms. Andrea has served as a National Television Host and Correspondent on Crime Watch Daily. Andrea has also created an unforgettable voice and vision in various local television markets across the country. Video, television, and voice-over production has been a natural fit for this Emmy Award winner. Andrea has been coined, "a word wizard". Through her pure compassion, Andrea has a keen ability to connect with individuals. People trust her with their truth.
Andrea is a proud Wife, Bonus Mom and Pet Parent. Andrea is also a proud Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Andrea has a special place in her heart for survivors of crime, people who have overcome unbelievable odds and those who strive to make a difference in their communities and the world.
Master of Ceremonies
Taryn Asher & Jason Carr
Lighthouse is excited to have an amazing, Emmy award winning husband and wife duo serving as our emcees for the event! Jason Carr is a news anchor and host of 'Live in the D' on Local 4 (WDIV) and Taryn Asher anchors Fox 2 News on weeknights at 6:30 p.m. and The Edge at 11:00 p.m.
Thank you, Jason and Taryn, for supporting our efforts!
Thank you to Arthur Murray Dance Studio for supporting our event!
Thank you to our Dancing with the Stars Committee:
Jim Ciroli - Co-Chair
Elizabeth Ciroli - Co-Chair