Upcoming Events

2019 Valentines Dance - Dayton Dancing with the Stars presented by Elizabeth Diamond Company
Friday 08 February 2019, 07:00pm - 11:30pm



A Special Wish Foundation – Dayton has been making special wishes come true for local children for over 30 years. These wishes wouldn’t be possible without the continued generosity of the community. I ask you to join ASW and continue to give local Wish Kids and their families’ memories that will last a lifetime.

The 14th Annual Valentines Dance, presented by Elizabeth Diamond Company, benefiting The Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation is the area’s only wish-granting organization!  This fun and unique event will be held at the Wright State University Nutter Center on Friday, February 8th, 2019.

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Dont miss out on a chance to win this AMAZING diamond ring and halo earring set valued at $13,300. Tickets are only $20 a peice and there are only 650 available! GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS NOW! 

This gorgeous diamond fashion ring features five multi shaped, natural fancy yellow diamonds with a weight of 1.32cts in total weight & white diamonds with a weight of 0.19cts set in 14k white & yellow gold. Retail $7,625   Sizing is included. 

These lovely diamond halo earrings feature two radiant cut light yellow diamonds with a weight of 0.89cts  in total weight & 0.20cts of white diamonds, set in 14k yellow and white gold. Retail value $5,675    

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Dr. Ann Bockrath

Dr. Ann Austria Bockrath grew up in Xenia, Ohio. She attended Carroll High School, St Marys College, Notre Dame and continued her education at The Ohio State University School of Dentistry. She practices dentistry in Waynesville Ohio.

She is married to her high school sweetheart David and they have five beautiful children. They reside in Sugarcreek, Ohio. She has always said she wanted to be a singer and dancer when she grew up even though she has never done either but and now this is her chance!




Emily Broughton

Emily Broughton is the Public and Community Relations Manager at Cox Media Group. She is a graduate of Wright State University and an active member of the community, serving on boards for Clothes That Work, CultureWorks, and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

She works with various forms of media to give back to area non-profits and she is a volunteer in Centerville City Schools. Her three daughters Evelyn, Lilly, and Aurora keep her very busy and she enjoys a good show tune, reading, being active, and spending time with her husband, Cory Earl.



Dr. Steve Burke

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Steve is proud to be a native Ohioan.  He attended Carroll High School and the University of Dayton. He then obtained his dental degree at The Ohio State University and specialized in orthodontics at the University of Louisville. Steve has been practicing orthodontics full-time since 1994.

Steve enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Traci, whom he met as a classmate in dental school. They blended to have 5 children: Taylor, Ian, Ryan, Haley and Hunter. Steve likes cycling, boating, dressing up as Batman for no reason, rooting for Buckeye football and Flyer basketball, and making goofy videos for his office with his amazing staff. He also enjoys supporting worthy causes like this one!

In his words: “To be clear, I cannot dance. My go-to move resembles that gopher from the end credits in Caddyshack. What I lack in precision and skill, I will compensate with love and with passion for the cause.”


Seth Doliboa

Well known local builder, Seth Doliboa, is excited to be a part of this evening of fun for the Dayton Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation and the Valentine's Dance, Dayton's Dancing With The Stars.

No stranger to competition, Seth has been a standout on the basketball court from his days at Springboro High School and Wright State University. He went on to have a professional basketball career in the NBA minor leagues followed by 7 years of professional basketball in Europe.

Since returning to Dayton 3 years ago, Seth, his wife Ashley and son Cooper have made Springboro their home. Seth now co-owns Catalyst Custom Homes with his brother Cain. Seth is in this to win it!


Erica Lugo

Erica Lugo famously known as EricaFitLove has become a social media celebrity who lost over 150 lbs and tracked her journey on social media gaining her 500k followers! Erica appeared on the cover of National Women’s Health Magazine for “America’s Next Fitness Star” and has appeared on Rachel Ray, the Today Show & more. A donut advocate and working single mother she now has her own fitness studio in Centerville and runs multiple online businesses empowering women to become the best versions of themselves through health and fitness!




Cory D.D. Miller

Cory D. D. Miller is a lifelong Daytonian who prides himself in bolstering the city he lives in by either supporting its local businesses, usually in the form of a local craft beer, stopping by one of Dayton’s fantastic eateries, or simply writing about it through his blog on Dayton.com.  He is passionate about Dayton’s young professional development as well as how the community implements it strategies to involve all aspects of life.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Dayton.   From there, he began working at C.H. Dean for the next 11 years and has recently made a career change and is currently a Client Service Manager at Synchrony.



Matt Overton

Matt Overton is a Regional Sales Manager at ChemStation, a company founded and Headquartered in Dayton that specializes in environmentally friendly industrial cleaning products.  He lives in Centerville, OH with his wife, Katie, and two children, Hannah and Ellie.  Matt and his family are very involved with their local parish, St. Albert The Great, where Matt serves on the Athletic Board, and as a youth sports coach.  A native of Kentucky, Matt attended the University of Louisville, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.






Gabrielle Payne

Gabrielle Payne is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Dancing with the Dayton Stars benefitting A Special Wish Foundation. Gabrielle was a 2017 graduate of Kent State University where she studied broadcast journalism and fashion marketing. She moved to the Dayton area in May of this year, and currently works as a morning news reporter for ABC 22/ FOX 45. This past summer, Gabrielle was a top Finalist in the Miss Ohio Pageant, a preliminary for Miss America. Gabrielle’s secret talent is her Disney princess impressions! In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys performing in community theater, cooking new recipes in the kitchen, and hiking the beautiful parks and trails in Dayton.






The Valentines Dance is a wonderful night of dancing and great music and boasts a much-anticipated “Dancing with the Dayton Stars” dance competition. Featuring local community leaders paired with professional dancers as they leave it all on the dance floor in their quest to capture the coveted mirrored ball trophy! All proceeds from the dance will go directly to granting the wishes of local children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. hot heart

Thank you to our Sponsors!

All-Star Sponsor



Floor Sponsor

Dayton Children's

Media Sponsor 

ABC 22/FOX 45 Dayton

Table Sponsors

Brilliant Smiles

Burke Orthodontics 

Cox Media Group Ohio

Dayton Children's

GFC Concrete Coating

Jem Designs

Mary Nutter Party

River Valley Credit Union


2017 Dayton Dancing with the Stars - Valentines Dancers

(2017 Dancers! - from left to right: Lee Anne Austria, Ramon Gaitan, Kathryn Oakes, Brandon Perpich, Ramona Vikan, Alyenendrov Tsorokean, Kristen Perpich,
George Brockman, Amanda Horn, Kurt Lenhart, Sara Andrews, Brad Eaton) Photo by Sam McConnell

2018 Dayton Dancing with the Stars Champions!

(from left to right: Celebrity Dancer James “Frye Guy” Frye with dance partner Amanda Horn& Celebrity Dancer Christina Sawyer with dance partner Brandon Perpich.)
Photo by Jeff Niswonger


 Questions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Amber Maham, Development and Special Events Manager at 937.641.4263

Location Wright State Nutter Center- 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy #430, Fairborn, OH 45324