Dancing with the Stars is a success

Mar. 2—GREENSBURG — Meals on Wheels hosted its annual "Dancing with the Stars" fundraiser "Through the Decades" Thursday night at Greensburg Community Church and dancers from throughout the county took the stage to show the sold-out audience some flashy dance moves.

As tradition decreed, the competition was judged by "Past Winner/Audience Favorite" Brendan Bridges, "Past Dancer/Most Donations Ever Raised" Susan Burkhart and "Winner of the Very First Meals on Wheels Dancing with the Stars" Heather Miller.

Emceeing were past DWTS winners Josh Snapp and Mary Davis, and the pair whipped the audience into cheering frenzies several times during the evening's competition.

Hannah Whiton and Maddie Ryle representing Arbor Grove Village were first on stage, showing off their best synchronized routine to plenty of cheers from the audience.

Next were Bridgett Weber (Daisy's Doggy Daycare) and Greensburg Community High School athletes (Abplanalp Lawn Care) Bryson Abplanalp, Gavin Weber, Carter Rutherford, Ryan Rutherford, Austin Cruz and Carson Miller who nearly stole the show with half-rehearsed, half-improvised dance and athletic high jinks.

Robin Carmer and Katrina Hawkins (Hillbilly Corner) donned denim and straw hats to do a little hillbilly "hay seed" dancing.

During intermission, Micah, Mandy, Mackenzie and Mason Lohrum auctioned off a stay at their luxury lake-side woods cottage.

Next came Brooke Thies and Tabra Garrity from Hickory Creek of Greensburg, sporting sequined tops and tennis shoes to show off their special brand of dancing "flash."

The trio of Morgan Stanley, Madelin Hoover and Brittany Krieger (The Branch) were next wearing matching rainbow sweat suits to execute a well-synchronized number that drove the audience wild.

Finally, Taylor Gramman (Decatur County Memorial Hospital) and Tiffani Gramman (Bennett Heating and Cooling) drummed up dollar-bill donations from the audience as Snapp encouraged those on hand for more noise and excitement, bringing the dancing portion of the evening to an end.

Contenders Bridgett and her dancing partners and the girls from Hickory Creek had equal dance scores and after three audience response votes were taken, both teams were awarded first place trophies, a first in DWTS history!

Dance teams bringing in the most donations were the Hillbilly Corner team and the Weber/athletes team, both netting close to $2,000 each.

Meals on Wheels Executive Director Diana Robbins estimated the evening's catch was $14,000 or more.

"It was an awesome night, and I'm just so proud of all my dancers," Robbins said.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email