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Singing with the Stars

Artists for a Cause fourth annual Singing with the Stars raises

more than $30,000 to help the community through the arts

Event paired local community stars with professional singers to compete and raise funds

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The lights shone brightly at StarStruck Theatre on March 24 as six community stars commanded the stage with their professional partners to compete in the fourth annual Singing with the Stars.  More than $30,000 was raised through this signature fundraising event to benefit non-profit Artists for a Cause (A4AC). 

In front of a lively crowd, Christine Jung, former FBI agent and resident of Mariner Sands Country Club, and her professional counterpart Shane Thomas, Choral Director for OPUS at Martin County High School, were the Overall Winners. Their victory reflected the amount of funds raised by Jung and by their score of 29 for their performance of “Come Rain or Come Shine.”  Christine was also presented with the award for Top Fundraiser of the event!

“I was so excited to perform with such a talented group in this year’s Singing with the Stars,” said Chris Jung, “I first became acquainted with Artists for a Cause through Tim and Maureen Cotter’s ‘Salon Series.’ I was so happy to see first-hand how our financial contributions support young talent with such potential. I am thrilled the funds raised will help the community through the arts.”   

Tim and Maureen Cotter were a major sponsor of the evening’s event. Their Salon Series is a showcase of exceptional A4AC student talent which the Cotters host in their home to support A4AC programs and the students involved.

The trophy for Top Performance was presented to Gil Smart, who was awarded a perfect score of 30 from the judges.  Gil is a columnist for the Stuart News/Treasure Coast Newspapers, which was one of the sponsors of the event. Gil was met with thunderous applause for his performance of “Separate Lives” with Eileen Walentin, Choral Director at South Fork High School. “The whole experience was fantastic,” said Smart. “Congratulations to Chris Jung and to all the performers. It was a great group of people and I’m honored to have been part of the show!”

Once again this year, the event was expertly emceed and directed by Jennifer Jones, co-owner of StarStruck Academy & Theatre with her husband Peter Jones, who wowed the crowd as musical director and pianist. This year’s judges included two professional singers from past Singing with the Stars events, Charles Jones and Karin Leone, plus Susan McAllister, a contestant and winner for Top Fundraising from the 2016 event who currently acts as the Artists for a Cause High School Club Liaison. Their friendly banter and constructive critiques were met with cheers and jeers from the lively audience.

The winners had formidable but friendly competition from five other community Notables, who were each paired with a professional partner. They included: Lynn Kreps, with Jimmy Paul Choral Director of Jubilate at Jensen Beach High School; Heather Morris, with Shane Thomas; Preethi Sekharan, with Jimmy Paul; and Michael Terrio, with Eileen Walentin. Each and every duo brought a unique style, talent and twist to the show and were awarded special recognition ranging from Most Fun Song Choice to Most Creative Staging and Fundraising. 

“This year’s event is going to be hard to top,” said Artists for a Cause Founder and Executive Director Terry Barber. “Both the energy from the performers and the audience was palpable.  I am humbled by, and thankful for, the outpouring of support for our organization.  It’s not the easiest to explain, but folks really seem to understand now how we can both support culture and meet the critical needs of our community.”

For more information about Artists for a Cause or to be considered for next year’s Singing with the Stars visit, call 772-419-8778 or email

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Virtuoso Level

Prodigy Level

Harmony Level

Tim & Maureen Cotter 


Faye A. Haverlock


Duet Level

Terry & Warren Skidmore      Charles Jung
John & Betty Duffy  Pete & Pat Frank

Melody Level

Gene & Allyson Gilliland        Ellen Glasser
Dan & Mary Gescheidle         Eileen Roemer
Susie McAllister Robert Watson, P.A.

                                                               In Kind Sponsors


We would like to thank our sponsors for their support. Please, click to learn more!

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Elisabeth Lahti| The Elmezzi Foundation | Forest Hills Funeral Home |The Firefly Group | Maureen & Tim Cotter
NisAir Air Conditioning| Gordon & Doner | Gunster | Women Supporting the Arts | Forest Hills | Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith
The MAH Foundation | Style Encore | StarStruck Academy & Theatre | Avenue Entertainment | Advanced Printing

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