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2017 Dancing with our Stars Gala

  • 06:00 PM
  • Villa Milano Conference & Banquet Center, 1630 Schrock Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
  • 614-263-6020

Presented by: kroger_blue-logo_pms293

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or donated to DSACO at the Dancing with Our Stars Gala.

On Saturday, February 4th nearly 500 guests attended the Dancing with Our Stars Gala, presented by Kroger, at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center. Guests experienced complimentary valet parking, courtesy of Creative Options, a delicious dinner, and had the opportunity to learn new dance steps during the dance instruction, lead by Michael Neyer of Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Columbus. The event featured a Wine Pull, Gift Card Grab and Silent Auction, along with a photobooth, sponsored by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

DSACO honored Director John Martin of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities with a short video presentation (see below). In addition, 32 incredible adults with Down syndrome performed the Merengue and Waltz for the viewing pleasure of all guests. The program ended with a powerful story shared by new parents, Jenny and James Gatchell — followed by an epic dance party that completed the night.

Thank you to Rich Sharick of Rich Images Photography for capturing the night’s festivities! Click here to view photos. The password to view photos is “dance”. 

Guest of Honor:

martin-john-l-09-28-2011John L. Martin, Director

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Please view the video honoring Director John Martin at the 2017 Gala, below:

The videos below feature both dances performed plus a highlight reel of the 2017 Dancing with Our Stars Gala:

Waltz – Choreography by Mia McKibbons of Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Columbus

Merengue – Choreography by Kyle Wyant of Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Columbus

Dancing with Our Stars Gala Highlight Video

Video Credit: Thornton Media Arts

2017 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:kroger_blue-logo_pms293

 Photobooth Sponsor:


Art Sponsor:

Valet Sponsor:

 Gold Sponsors:logo-hmb-original-2color

NC_logo_stacked_12.18.14DOWN SYNDROME PLASKOLITE



Silver Sponsors:


Beecher Hill

BJ’s Brewhouse

Nisonger Center

In-Kind Partners: