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VIDEO ABOVE: Promise in Brevard’s Ashley Bueschery, Melbourne Ballroom’s Barry Johnson performs at ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’
WATCH ON REPLAY: 2022 The ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ charity fundraising event raises over $400,000 for local charities.
BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Brevard County’s annual “Dancing For the Space Coast” fundraising event was presented Saturday night at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 800 people.
Ashley Buescher has resided in Melbourne, Florida for most of her life. She moved to Promise, a community for people with special needs, in May 2018.
Ashley enjoys keeping busy and active and regularly participates in many Resident Community Program activities at Promise. She participates in Special Olympics bowling and basketball, exercise classes, art and cooking classes, the Health First Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, and more.
Ashley currently volunteers in Promise’s kitchen/dining room twice a week. She also volunteers to host luncheons and other private events at Promise. She is always eager to help. She also enjoys writing thank you notes for donors and helping with bulk mailings.
Prior to living at Promise, Ashley participated in an on-campus bridging program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville where she lived for three years.
Ashley has enjoyed Zumba classes for many years. As a birthday surprise from her friends and Zumba instructors, they took her to Miami to meet “Beto”, the creator of Zumba.
Ashley enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially babysitting her two little nephews.
Ashley is honored to have been selected to portray Promise in Brevard on Dancing for the Space Coast.
For those unable to secure a ticket or attend the event, Space Coast Daily has been streaming all the exciting action live on demand via the Space Coast Daily TV app. The Space Coast Daily TV app is available for download from the Apple TV App Store, Amazon Fire TV Store, and Roku TV Channel Store.
Over the past 10 years, “Dancing for the Space Coast” has become Brevard County’s largest charity event and the 2022 edition has raised over $400,000, which will benefit the House of Hope, Promise in Brevard, Veterans Memorial Center and Brevard. County Sheriff’s Office Charity.
Tim Thomas wins with a patriotic-themed dance routine
The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne Councilor and Senior Army ROTC Instructor Colonel Tim Thomas from Viera Secondary School and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio at Indialantic. Thomas, a highly decorated retired US Army officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic-themed dance routine.
Dancer Ashley Buescher of Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson of Melbourne Ballroom placed second. The team of Danielle Masucci, real estate agent for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia placed third.
This highly entertaining event also showcased the exceptional efforts of dancers Zachary Biddulph, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Rob Medina and Jayvo Scott.
Prior to the event, local celebrities dancing at the event helped raise funds months before the event, while preparing for their complex dance routine in front of huge crowds.
The charity event was organized by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and hosted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey who helped host a live auction and live dance performances by dance professionals and celebrities locals who competed to raise money for Brevard County nonprofits.
“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.
Bragging rights on the line
Each famous 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 night of the competition, each dance duo participated in a choreographed ballroom dance that will be scored by a panel of judges. During the show, couples were awarded scores based on several technical skill factors, but the judges’ scores alone do not determine the dancer’s final score.
Prior to the actual performance, the dancers have already scored 60% of their points through their fundraising efforts for charities in need.
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.