MARTIN COUNTY --
Ed Lippisch of Lippisch and Engebretsen Oral Surgery and Dental Implants participated in the 2012 "Dancing with the Martin Stars" as a celebrity dancer and helped raise more than $12,000 for the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.
To express their gratitude and recognize him for his hard work, the nonprofit organization awarded Mr. Lippisch with the a fundraising runner-up mirror ball trophy.
The second annual "Dancing with the Martin Stars" event netted more than $45,000 to help pay for programs offered by the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition such as ultrasounds, lab testing and services for mothers dealing with high- risk pregnancies.
Mr. Lippisch and his professional dance partner, Megan Acosta of Fred Astaire Dance Studio, dropped jaws and wowed the crowd of more than 400 people at the Lyric Theatre with their lively version of the samba. The duos' fancy footwork helped earn them a score of 26 out of 30 points.
"Initially I thought we'd practice once a week and that would be enough, but I was clearly mistaken" said Mr.ys Lippisch.
In the weeks leading up to the event he and Ms. Acosta practiced three days a week and often had double sessions to get the choreography perfected.
"It was definitely a lot of work but so well worth it. I'm happy that I could be a part of such a fun, amazing event and raise money for a great cause."
Tom Hall, executive vice president at Seacoast National Bank, and Ed Mr. Lippisch were the two highest fundraisers of the night bringing in more than $28,000 combined.
Martin County Healthy Start Coalition is a community -based, nonprofit organization that offers support and education to pregnant women and infants. Prenatal and infant health screenings, childbirth education, counseling services, and parenting education classes are available to families to ensure that all babies are born healthy.
All information provided to Healthy Start is kept confidential. Eligibility for services is based on the presence of risk to the health of the mother or infant, not on income level.
For more information, call (772) 463-2888 or visit www.mchealthystart.org.