Vote for your favorite dance couple here! Scroll Down for Events List to support your favorite couple before the main event.
About the Dancing with the Reading Stars:
Inspired by the hit television show, this Berks County event is filled with fun and showcases “stars” from across the community. Together, they will dance and raise money to further the positive impact of the arts in education and the development of community in Berks youth. Funding is raised through sponsorship or votes cast in $5 increments. Money raised through Dancing with the Reading Stars supports on-going operations, scholarships, productions, and our many outreach programs – 50% of which are provided at little or no cost. Institute programs impact over 25,000 people each year – 80% under the age of 18 with 50% at risk.
Votes can be submitted by mail, over the phone (610.376.1576), or through a secure, online site vote for your favorite dance couple here! Voting is finalized on the night of April 21 when all partners perform a live dance.
How to get involved:
Attend an event to support your favorite couple (see chart below)
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Attend the Main Event: Dancing with the Reading Stars
April 21, 2017 (all tickets must be purchased in advance)
at the DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601
This is a ticketed event. Tickets and table reservations can be secured by calling Yocum Institute at 610.376.1576.
Want more ways to get involved with Dancing with the Reading Stars? Already bought your ticket but still want to support your favorite dancer? Here are some great ways in which you can get involved, show your support, and raise money for the Yocum Institute!
|Event||Date of Event||Time of Event||Location of Event||Benefits||Cost||Additional Information|
|Empire Surplus Fundraiser||Now – April 21||N/A||Empire Surplus Home Center | 2741 Bernville Rd., Leesport||Sarah and Ben Swisher||Cost of purchase||Mention DWTRS from now until April 21 and Empire Surplus will donate 5% of the sale to benefit the Swishers! Nothing is excluded.|
|$99 Car Detailing Deal||Now – April 21||N/A||Freedom Auto Group | 41 Industrial Drive, Hamburg||Adrienne Pendergast and Shane Remp||$99 auto detailing certificate ($199 value) is being offered with no expiration date. Order as many as you like, all $99. Call Shane 610.741.9995 to order certificate.|
|Tennis Party||Saturday, March 18, 2017||7:00 – 11:00 PM||Tennis Hillcrest Racquet Club | 4401 Perkiomen Ave., Reading||Emily Wagner and Joey Branford||$25/person||All levels of tennis are welcome! RSVP by calling 610.779.7900.|
|Spaghetti Dinner||Monday, March 20, 2017||6:00 – 9:00 PM||Francesca’s Pizzeria & Restaurant | 2101 Howard Blvd., Reading||Joy Davies and Erich Cawalla||$10/person||Tickets include salad and spaghetti, drinks sold separately. RSVP by calling Joy at 610.373.2662 or Erich at 610.781.8312.|
|Pilates and Champagne||Sunday, March 26, 2017||2:00 PM||Em J Pilates inside Shri Yoga Studio | 511 Reading Ave, 2nd Floor, West Reading||Emily Wagner and Joey Branford||$10/person or by donation||Champagne will be served after class! All levels of Pilates welcome.|
|Have Some Fun Today Fundraiser||Week of March 27 – April 2, 2017||N/A||Have Some Fun Today | https://havesomefuntoday.com/||Rebecca and Jeff Doubek||Cost of purchase||Locally owned and global lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today is donating 20% of all online sales to The Doubeks Yocum fundraising efforts during the week of March 27th to April 2nd when they use a special code. (Code will be announced on 3/27.)|
|Beauty and the Boxer||Thursday, March 30, 2017||6:00 – 8:00 PM||Etchfit | 701 Reading Ave., West Reading||Sarah and Ben Swisher||$10/person||Please join us for a night of Beauty and Boxing. Get ready for a heart pumping cardioboxing class and enjoy viewing the Beautycounter products presented by Kelly. Cost of class is $10 or by donation. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Yocum Arts.|
|Dirty Dancing with the Doubeks||Thursday, March 30, 2017||7:00 PM – 11:00 PM||IA Club | 243 Chestnut Street, Reading||Rebecca and Jeff Doubek||A lighthearted and lively party with guests “Having the Time of Their Life” while participating in “dancing for dollars.” Guests can donate to the cause and dance with the DWTRS participants. Hosted by IA owner and artist Albert Ciervo and The Doubeks.|
|Soul Food Dinner To Go||Saturday, April 1, 2017||12:00 PM||TBA||Joy Davies and Erich Cawalla||$12/person||Tickets include fried chicken and two sides. (Extra sides are $1.50/side). RSVP by calling Joy at 610.373.2662 or 484.855.0489 (on day of pickup).|
|Ganly’s Pub Fundraiser||Monday, April 3, 2017||4:00 – 7:00 PM||Ganly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant | 500 Brownsville Rd., Sinking Spring||Elaine Redner and Ryan Redner||$30/person||Ticket price includes one draft beer or DWTRS signature cocktail and appetizers. If you can’t make the event, join for lunch or dinner and Ganly’s will offer 10% of dine-in proceeds to Yocum.|
|P.J. Whelihan’s Dine and Donate||Wednesday, April 5, 2017||5:00 – 10:00 PM||P.J. Whelihan’s Restaurant and Pub | 1101 Rocky Rd, Reading||Angela and Steven Chmielewski||Cost of meal||Dine at P.J. Whelihan’s and mention DWTRS and the Chmielewskis. P.J. Whelihan’s will donate 15% of total sales.|
|Evening at Willoughby’s||Wednesday, April 5, 2017||5:30 – 7:30 PM||Willoughby’s on Park | 305 N. Park Rd., Wyomissing||Adrienne Pendergast and Shane Remp||$40/person||Light apps, drinks, raffles, giveaways, and live music. Stay for dinner and a percentage of the check will go towards Yocum.|
|Karaoke with the Swishers||Friday, April 7, 2017||7:00 – 9:30 PM||Klinger’s on Carsonia | 721 Carsonia Avenue, Reading||Sarah and Ben Swisher||$25/person||Join Sarah and Ben for buffet, specialty drinks, and raffles at Klinger’s on Carsonia. Ben will sing for dollars beginning at 9:30 PM, when guests move to the bar for karaoke. RSVP to Sarah and Ben.|
|Catwalk for Yocum: Jan Rae Boutique Fashion Show||Saturday, April 8, 2017||12:30 – 3:00 PM||Willoughby’s on Park | 305 N. Park Rd., Wyomissing||Susan Golembiski and James Evans||$60/ticket||Ticket price includes: Fashion Show and Lunch: salad, choice of salmon, chicken, or filet Kebab, nonalcoholic beverage, and one glass of wine
To purchase tickets, contact: Jan Rae Boutique 610.372.9935 or visit institute-of-arts.org
|Celebrity Bartender at West Reading Tavern||Thursday, April 13, 2017||5:00 – 9:00 PM||West Reading Tavern | 606 Penn Ave., West Reading||Emily Wagner and Joey Branford||Signature drinks, raffle prizes, and fun!|
|Austin’s Dine In or Take Out Fundraiser||Thursday, April 13, 2017||TBA||Austin’s Restaurant and Bar | 1101 Snyder Rd., West Lawn||Rebecca and Jeff Doubek||Cost of meal||Dine in or take out – When friends share flyer or e-mail for The Doubeks DWTRS, Austins will donate 20% of all proceeds.|
|Shopping Soiree at Bella Jules||Friday, April 14, 2017||6:00 – 8:00 PM||Bella Jules Boutique | 700 Penn Avenue, West Reading||Elaine Redner and Ryan Redner||Shop the new looks at Bella Jules, sip wine, and have your Spring purchases make a difference in your community! 20% of proceeds from your purchases with benefit the Yocum Institute!|
|Have a Beer with Ryan||Friday, April 14, 2017||6:00 – 8:00 PM||The Barley Mow | 719 Penn Avenue, West Reading||Elaine Redner and Ryan Redner||Gents, while your ladies are shopping with Elaine at Bella Jules Boutique – join Ryan Redner for a beer at The Barley Mow!
For every beer you buy, The Barley Mow will donate $1 to Yocum.
|The Uptown Band’s BAND-A-Palooza 11th Anniversary Party||Friday, April 14, 2017||7:30 PM – 12:30 AM||Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom | 1741 Papermill Road, Reading||Joy Davies and Erich Cawalla||General Admission||Features Uptown Band, The Groove Masters, The Philadelphia Funk Authority, and DJ Bob Tier. RSVP by calling Erich 610.781.8312.|
|Glow in the Dark Bingo||Saturday, April 15, 2017||6:00 – 9:00 PM||Blush and Brushes Art Studio | 31 Catherine St, Shillington||Victoria Parisi and Randy Fromm||$45/person||Ticket price includes glow in the dark bingo, wine, food, 50/50 raffles, and more! Prizes include baskets valuing over $100 from local businesses. Plus, Victoria and Randy will show a sneak peak of their dance as they dance for dollars. Pay $5 to reserve space – rest will be cash at door.|
|Dance with DJ H. Vidal||Saturday, April 15, 2017||9:00 PM – 1:00 AM||American Legion Hall | 237 North 3rd Street, Reading||Joy Davies and Erich Cawalla||$15/person||Tickets include dancing, buffet, music, and giveaways! RSVP by calling Joy 610.373.2662 or Erich 610.781.8312.|
|Dine In or Take Out Spaghetti Dinner||Tuesday, April 18, 2017||5:00 – 8:00 PM||The Spartaco Club | 407 Chestnurt Street, Reading||Victoria Parisi and Randy Fromm||$17/person||Tickets for this spaghetti dinner cost $17/person and include salad, spaghetti, and bread. Dine in or take out your meal and benefit Yocum Institute!|
|Dine and Donate at The Hitching Post||Tuesday, April 18, 2017||4:30 – 7:30 PM||The Hitching Post Restaurant & Bar | 2747 Bernville Rd, Leesport||Angela and Steven Chmielewski||Cost of meal||Dine at The Hitching Post and mention DWTRS and the Chmielewskis. The Hitching Post will donate 15% of total sales to the Institute.|
|Meet the Artist: Wine and Cheese Reception||Thursday, April 20, 2017||5:00 – 7:00 PM||Yocum Galley | 1100 Belmont Ave., Wyomissing||Angela and Steven Chmielewski||Meet Patti Page, a local jewelry maker. Purchase the chance to win a beautiful, original, handcrafted Dendrite Opal Necklace, sterling silver, with an 18-inch chain (retail price $360). The piece was created and signed by local jewelry designer Patti Page, who has donate the piece to help raise money for the Yocum Institute. Chances are $5.00 and can be purchased by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at Angela/Steven’s Facebook messenger. Drawing is April 20 – need not be present to win.|
Dancing with the Reading Stars will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, Reading on April 21, 2017. Doors open at 5:00 PM. All tickets will be pre-sold and can be purchased by calling 610.376.1576.
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite dancer at www.institute-of-arts.org/dwtrs