DWTS heads into fifth season

Hope Schulte, New's Writer

A night of dancing, entertainment and support for Xavier education.

The fifth annual Dancing with the Saints will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the DoubleTree  by Hilton Hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids, filled with alumni and supporters of Xavier High School. This year over 1,100 attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the evening and donate money towards Xavier.

Donations are raised through ticket sales and by voting for the 10 couples competing; each couple is comprised of a Xavier celebrity and a dance professional. In past years, the money raised has been used for items such as new school vans, new uniforms and new sound systems for Xavier. 

“During the first four years, the generous dancers and guests raised over $400,000, which has directly benefitted Xavier High School,” Heidi Brown, Dancing with the Saints Chair, said. 

This year, the donations will be used to add more flexible seating to Xavier classrooms. 

Two trophies are awarded each year: the People’s Choice Award for the couple that raises the most money and the Judge’s Award for the couple selected by the judges for the best performance. 

“As a professional, I love the ability to perform since it’s something that I no longer get to do that often. I also love to see the growth that my partner makes in such a short amount of time,” Mrs. Erica Ireland said. “As a member of the Xavier community, I love seeing everyone come together for a fun night to celebrate such an amazing school.” 

The committee of people that are working to make Dancing with the Saints possible this year are Heidi Brown, Jerry Brown, Mary Harken, Nick Ireland, Julie Johnson, Holly Loney, Chris McCarville, Angela Olson, Laura Sagers, Mary Pat Schulte and Elizabeth Wright. Many of the committee members love the commitment of the dancers and the generosity of the event as a whole.

“They [the dancers] do it because they want their children to see them step out of their comfort zones and to do something that is very hard for them, but they do all these things for the right reasons—to benefit something they feel strongly about,” Brown said. “This event has truly been a blessing.”

Voting online for couples will continue      up    until  the  day  of  the  event. See the following link: