Dancing for a Cause

Local celebrities step up for Austin's very own version of Dancing with the Stars

Austin celebrities step up for our very own Dancing with the Stars

Shelby Marquardt Dancing with the Stars Austin
Shelby Marquardt. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Gene Austin Dancing with the Stars Austin
Gene Austin.  Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Donna Stockton Hicks Dancing with the Stars Austin
Donna Stockton-Hicks. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Adam Zeplain Dancing with the Stars Austin
Adam Zeplain. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Francie Little Dancing with the Stars Austin
Francie Little. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Gene Foster Dancing with the Stars Austin
Gene Foster. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Sarah Meredith Dancing with the Stars Austin
Sarah Meredith. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Katrine Formby Dancing with the Stars Austin
Katrine Formby. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
David Dunham Dancing with the Stars Austin
David Dunham. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Nate Paul dancing with the stars austin
Nate Paul. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Cassie LaMere Dancing with the Stars Austin
Cassie LaMere. Courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Shelby Marquardt Dancing with the Stars Austin
Gene Austin Dancing with the Stars Austin
Donna Stockton Hicks Dancing with the Stars Austin
Adam Zeplain Dancing with the Stars Austin
Francie Little Dancing with the Stars Austin
Gene Foster Dancing with the Stars Austin
Sarah Meredith Dancing with the Stars Austin
Katrine Formby Dancing with the Stars Austin
David Dunham Dancing with the Stars Austin
Nate Paul dancing with the stars austin
Cassie LaMere Dancing with the Stars Austin

At a private VIP launch event on Wednesday evening, local celebrity participants for Austin's very own Dancing with the Stars charity gala were revealed. This year, 11 famous Austinites — ranging from a renowned interior designer to the CEO of a top tech company — will dance their hearts out in support of the Center for Child Protection. 

The 2014 Dancing with the Stars Austin competitors are as follows: 
  • Nate Paul: Founder, president and chief executive officer of World Class Capital Group
  • Adam Zeplain: Senior director at ChatID, advisor, investor
  • Grant Foster: Founder of Foster Financial Group
  • Gene Austin: CEO of Bazaarvoice and lover of all things Austin
  • David Dunham: Texas Monthly executive and community volunteer
  • Cassie LaMere: Event marketing director for Lexus of Austin and charity advocate
  • Donna Stockton-Hicks: Interior designer and co-owner of Stockton Hicks Laffey
  • Katrine Formby: Telluride developer, director of Mozart's Christmas Light Show
  • Francie Little: Real estate broker and community advocate
  • Sarah Meredith: Vice president at 1800Oncologist.com and Austin philanthropist
  • Shelby Marquardt: Anesthesiologist and founder of Blue Sky Scrubs

After months of practice with professional ballroom dancers, the local celebrities will hit the stage at the Hilton Austin on December 7. Guests will enjoy live dance performances during the glitzy event, which also includes a cocktail reception, dinner and a (very lively) live auction. 

One competitor will be crowned the winner during the event, but the real star of the evening will be the funds raised for a local nonprofit. Last year, the glamorous gala raised more than $1 million for the Center for Child Protection. 

For more details on how you can be part of the star-studded affair, presented by Lexus of Austin, visit the Center for Child Protection website