Dancing for Safe Haven: The Results!

Thank you to everyone who made the 3rd Annual Dancing for Safe Haven Family Shelter such a success. Together, we raised more than $100,000 for homeless families in our community. The event was held Friday, April 20 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. All proceeds raised at the event provide shelter and transitional services to homeless families in the Middle Tennessee area.

“The 3rd Annual Dancing for Safe Haven event was an incredible evening,” said Safe Haven Executive Director Joyce Lavery. “I am grateful to the staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, dancers, event chairs Mike and Sharon Pigott (they were awesome!) and to everyone for supporting our agency and mission! Nashville is a generous and creative community! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! “

Congratulations to the 2012 Dancing with Safe Haven winners!

Audience Favorite: Gerald McRath, linebacker for Tennessee Titans




Judges Favorite: Chet Parlavecchio, Assistant Special Teams Coach for Tennessee Titans




Online Favorite: Deborah Varallo, President Varallo Public Relations




For a full list of the celebrity dancers and their professional dance partners from Dance World, please click here.

Thank you to event hosts: Kelly Sutton, Fox 17 morning show host and winner of the 2010 Dancing for Save Haven “Audience Favorite” and  Woody Wood & Jim Chandler of 107.5 The River.

Thank you also to the judges for the event which included: Ted Clayton, Ellen Nelson, Heather Byrd and Jana Davis.


Also at the event, Safe Haven honored Dave Roberson with the 2012 Hero Award. The Hero Award honors a volunteer who has exhibited extraordinary leadership, vision and dedication.

“We enter this world with nothing and, eventually, we leave with nothing. What we do in between can be of a significant positive benefit to others,” said Roberson at the recent patrons’ party for the event. “The character of an organization is the ability to help others in their greatest moment of need. This is the fabric of Safe Haven Family Shelter and, truly, who we are.”


“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” – source unknown.

“Thanks again to our wonderful staff, volunteers, board members, families, donors and sponsors for dancing and dreaming with Safe Haven! It was a memorable night full of fun and purpose and we raised over $100,000 to support our excellent shelter to housing programs! Another great year!!!! ” – SHFS Executive Director Joyce Lavery


Check out more pictures from the 2012 Dancing for Safe Haven event!


Want to see more pictures from the event? Click  here to see more pictures of guests, staff, board, judges, hosts, celebrity dancers and their professional dance partners.





For more about all of the dancing action (including pictures, blogs and videos), check out some of the media coverage of the 2012 Dancing for Safe Haven event:

The Tennessean post event video coverage. Click here to view the video.

The Tennessean post-event coverage of “Titans Raising Money by Dancing.” Click here to read the article.

Titans Online post-event pics of the Titans competing in the dance competition. Click here to read the article.

Titans Online post event wrap up article. Click here to read the article.

Fox 17 Nashville pre-event interview with Kelly Sutton. Click here to view the video interview.

104.5 the Zone pre-event radio interview with Gerald McRath and Chet Parlavecchio. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Tennessean op ed piece by celebrity dancer, Deb Varallo. Click here to read the column.

WKRN-Channel 2 and NewsChannel5 coverage of McRath and Parlavecchio dance rehearsals. Click here to view the compilation video.






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  1. Joyce Lavery says:

    Thank you for the post, Stacy! At our staff meeting this afternoon we all went around to claim our favorite moments – there were so many and we had some great laughs together! I loved every moment of this event! It was full of meaning, mission, yet fun and festive! The success of this event – only three years in the making – it a testament to the strength of our staff, board, and volunteers and the generosity and goodwill of this community. We have so many people to thank and we are very grateful for everyone’s participation and support! Here’s to next year!!

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