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CASAblanca Event Details

CASAblanca - Dancing with the LOCAL Stars

Event Snapshot

When: Saturday, November 7, 2015

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Par-A-Dice Hotel and CasinoPar-A-Dice Hotel and Casino
21 Blackjack Boulevard
East Peoria, IL 61611

Get Directions: Google map

What: The evening will feature local celebrities dancing with dance specialists from the Peoria area.

Local celebrity judges will rate the dancers and include audience vote participation. The event offers a dance competition, a live auction, hors d’oeuvres and music. You won’t want to miss it!

Why: Proceeds support the specially trained CASA volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Peoria County. There are over 800 pending cases in Peoria County and each of those children needs a Court Appointed Special Advocate.


$200 per person
Black Tie Optional



JR RunkelJR Runkel, is the President of Fortner Insurance Agency. He has built and enhanced his reputation within the insurance industry and the local community by trying to make the right decisions, guided by a sense of what is fair to everyone. JR is an alumnus of the 2009 Class of 40 Leaders Under Forty. He is currently on the board of directors for the Country Club of Peoria and serves as Board President of the Better Business Bureau. JR teaches weekly economics classes at a local elementary school through the Junior Achievement Program.


Teri CookTeri Cook is the Owner of Cook Travel and Cruise and has grown the business into a multi-million dollar venture. Teri's pulse on the business community flows over to her understanding for the need for community involvement. Her biggest passion is working with children in Central Illinois. Teri is the 2013 Dancing with the Local Stars winner and is on the Board of Directors of CASA Peoria County. Teri enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Dick and their 21 year old daughter Ellen.

Aneta YoungbloodAneta Youngblood is an audit director with Caterpillar Inc., and the mother of two teenage daughters. Born in Poland, and spending half of her life in Europe, she counts downhill skiing, ice skating, wakeboarding, biking, and boating as her hobbies. Aneta is also an accomplished concert pianist, and her music is anything by Chopin. She is the 2012 Dancing with the Local Stars winner and is on the Board of Directors of CASA of Peoria County.

Committee Members

JR Runkel, Emcee
Amy Paul, Emcee
Aneta Youngblood, Board Co-Chair
Teri Cook, Board Co-Chair
Matt George, Emcee and Auctioneer
Kathleen Monge, Judge Coordinator
Stacy & Jeff Robins with Lori Birkland, Live Auction Chairs
Valerie Clark, Marketing Committee
Mark Criss, Marketing Committee
Lisa Murphy, Website
Kimberly Leman, Venue
Nancy Overcash & Christine Bare-Kemper, Wine Pull

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