Chicago Media Celebs Shake It Up For Charity

Mike Foran Public Relations teamed our client, Chicagoland Fred Astaire Dance Studios, with the March of Dimes to present “Dance for Babies,” a red-hot fund-raising event to aid the March of Dimes efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Local media celebrities were paired with Fred Astaire Dance Studios pro instructors. For more than 6-weeks, each celeb trained and rehearsed intensely with their instructor at local Fred Astaire Studios, culminating in a high-energy, Dancing With the Stars-style competition staged at Chicago’s Galleria Marchetti. Celeb participants included:


Zoraida Sambolin, NBC-5 Morning News Anchor
Jen Schefft, of ABC-TV’s The Bachelor
Marcus Leshock, Host of CLTV’s Metromix

Amy Freeze, FOX-32 Chief Meteorologist

Dancing With the Stars’ Maks in Chicago

Fans of Dancing With the Stars’ MAKS CHMERKOVSKIY had a rare chance to learn the secrets, steps and techniques Maks has taught celebrities during his four seasons on the top-rated ABC-TV hit show.

He has appeared on Seasons 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Dancing With the Stars, where he’s been teamed with celebrity dance partners including Tia Carrere, Willa Ford, Laila Ali, and Spice Girl Melanie Brown.

We recently arranged for Max to visit Chicago and conduct a series of open-to-the public ballroom dance workshops for our client, Chicagoland Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and we invited NBC-5’s 24/7 Chicago host Catie Keogh to take to the dance floor.

Watch it now – the clip is provided below.