Danielle Karczewski, with the Duneland Ballroom, and Sal Muffoletto, of Lake Station, perform at the "Dancing with the Local Stars" fundraiser for Hobart Tri-Kappa at Avalon Manor in Hobart, Ind., Nov. 4, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 22, 2012 6:15AM
Hobart Tri Kappa recently gave a popular television show a run for its money as it staged “Dancing with the Local Stars” at the Avalon Banquet Center.
The event was part of the 50th annual Hobart Tri Kappa fund-raising luncheon. Added last year, the dancing segment proved so popular that attendees asked for it again this year.
“Hobart Tri Kappa sisters Emily Yarrito and Barb Tribby decided to change the entertainment to ‘Dancing with the Local Stars’ in 2011,” said L.J. Payton, president of the Hobart Tri Kappa and chairman of the event. Pam Paterson found the contestants: Kevin Carpenter, Joe Jancaric, Sal Muffoletto, Stephanie Osika and Marilyn Pearson
They were paired with either Danielle Karczewski or Aaron Coberg, both professional dancers associated with Duneland Ballroom in Chesterton.
On the dance card were the jitterbug, waltz, fox trot, rumba, and tango. Duneland Ballroom owner, Danielle Karczewski, chose the dances based on the personalities of each local contestant.
The 400-plus audience members were allowed to vote for the winner. The local star winner was Stephanie Osika, a school teacher from Hobart.
Audience members Gene and Libby Krasocza have attended the Hobart Tri Kappa luncheons for eight years. The organization’s longevity speaks to the dedication and hard work of the members, the couple said.
“These ladies are No. 1, they do so much,” Libby said. “They truly are angels in the city.”
Scholarship recipients also were introduced at the event. Shonetta Williams, of Portage, attends Ivy Tech College, studying education. Lennette Smith, of Merrillville, also attends Ivy Tech, majoring in mortuary science.
In addition to the luncheon and dancing, 15 vendors offered early holiday shoppers jewelry, candles, purses, cookbooks and more. Raffles and a silent auction also were on the day’s agenda.
Hobart resident Judy Buncich, who won the first raffle basket of the afternoon, agreed with the positive observance of the Tri Kappa membership. “Their group has lasted so long because they have many ‘doers,’ not just members who attend the events,” she said. “They’re very dedicated.”
The group donates to several causes in the community and the state. Examples include the city-wide Giving Tree, Children’s Art Show, Hobart Food Pantry, Riley Hospital for Children, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, as well as scholarships for graduating high school seniors and continuing education.