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Dancing My Heart Out for Lighthouse!

Jennifer Lucarelli

Jennifer Lucarelli

I can't believe I've been invited to be a local "celebrity" dancer for Lighthouse's 13th annual Dancing with the Stars event! I'll be sharing my journey on social media in the weeks leading up to the event, but let me start with a little back story on why I hold Lighthouse so near and dear to my heart.

As a Nutrition professor at Oakland University, I've worked with Lighthouse through the Healthy Pontiac, We Can! coalition for over a decade to improve healthy eating and physical activities in the Pontiac community. But when COVID hit, things got "real," fast. I spent every moment of those first few days (and sleepless nights) trying to figure out how to help get food to those in need - but do it SAFELY - in the midst of an *infectious* disease pandemic that caused thousands of people to lose their jobs, schools to close, and disrupted food supply chains, meaning our friends and neighbors were going to bed hungry without any viable options for food.

I called my good friend, James McQueen, at 11 o'clock on a Wednesday night and said "I've got an idea!"... Fast forward a few day or two later, and we had the keys to the Oakland Center, we moved Lighthouse's food pantry operations to Oakland University, and launched an innovative volunteer-run home food delivery program, powered through a custom database (, that would grow to serve literally THOUSANDS of families in Oakland County to this day.

I can't thank James and the rest of Lighthouse leadership enough for taking a leap of faith on this idea. It is truly an honor to participate in Dancing with the Stars to help raise funds for the program I love so dearly on their behalf.

I hope you will join me for an electrifying evening filled with twists, twirls, and intrigue—all for a good cause. The event will be held virtually this year on Saturday, November 20th, 2021.

Support me and my dancing adventures as I fundraise for Lighthouse and the great work they are doing for those struggling in our community. All proceeds raised leading up to and during the event will directly benefit the men, women, and children involved with Lighthouse's programs.

Thank you. - Jennifer


raised of $5,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. RCRebecca Cheezum
2. LPLeanne Papke
You are a star!
3. TCTanya Christ
Break a leg!
4. CPChristina Papadimitriou
5. RFRobert Ford
Good luck Jen!
6. LFLauren Fuller
You are going to be super awesome. Aaannnddd, your food accessibity/equity work is incredibly impressive