Dancing with the Local Stars Naples
Thursday, May 19
5:30pm | VIP Arrival
6:00pm | VIP Dinner Begins
7:00pm | Event Supporter Ticket Cocktail Hour Begins
7:00pm | Lobby Doors Open
7:30pm | Theater Doors Open
8:00pm | Show Begins
5833 Pelican Bay Blvd, Naples
Humane Society Naples and Co-chairs Brad Jamison and Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard are bringing back the glamour of ballroom dancing with Dancing with the Local Stars Naples on Thursday, May 19.
We’re pairing local stars with professional dancers for a one-of-a-kind fundraising event that will support pets in need throughout Collier County and beyond.
Meet Our Local Stars
Advanced Wealth Advisors, Founder & Chief Planning Officer
Soren Christensen is a comprehensive financial advisor specializing in financial planning and wealth management in Naples, FL. He is the owner of a financial planning company – Advanced Wealth Advisors – and an investment advisory company – Advanced Investment Management. He has decades of experience in the financial services industry and is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Investment Management Analyst®, and Chartered Financial Consultant® professional. He lives in Naples, FL with his wonderful wife, Allison, their two amazing daughters, and their two lovable dogs Spike and Sugar. Allison and Soren are longtime supporters of Humane Society Naples and are always looking for ways to help this tremendous organization.
Award-winning Interior Designer
An award-winning Interior Designer. He has spent the past 30 years of his design career, educating himself on current trends, establishing industry and client relationships, and creating outstanding interior designs across the world. Born in Puerto Rico, he holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the Instituto De Banca y Comercio in San Juan. During his education in San Juan, Wilfredo had the opportunity to study abroad in London England. There, he embraced the culture and the unique architectural designs of the Europeans.
He loved his travel abroad experience so much, that upon graduation he decided to continue his interior design and architectural journey in Milan Italy at the Instituto of Disegno. There he learned to embrace the elements of Classic Design, tools that he has implemented throughout his career; being able to understand that each client’s wants and needs are different and each design in the end always comes back to the basics. After living and working in Italy for 7 years, Wilfredo moved to the United States where he continued his education at the Academy of Design in Orlando, earning a BFA.
Wilfredo is not only a leader in the design industry, but an accomplished TV Personality, Consultant, Modeling Advisor, and has been a Premier Mentor for Christian DIOR USA House both in the Caribbean and the United States. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. When choosing to work with Wilfredo, you are choosing to work with the best – award-winning designer, specializing in space planning, color coordination and architectural design.
Wilfredo can be seen on HGTV’s Table Wars which is streaming on discovery+.
Real Estate Agent, William Raveis
Molly Hamilton was born in Washington D.C. and worked her way into the political world. Since then, Naples has become her home and paradise for the past 30 years. Her days are filled with her beautiful poodles, Beau and Prissy, and her loving husband, Rip. She prides herself on living by the “Golden Rule” especially when animals are involved. Animals are her passion! Molly’s love for food, fun, friends, and travel are a constant. Molly is dancing in this event to give back to and encourage others to join her in supporting Humane Society Naples.
Co-Owner of Pole and Aerial Fitness of SWFL
Michelle O’Neill is a multi-passionate creative who loves helping others discover new ways and opportunities to be expressive in the world. She co-owns Pole and Aerial Fitness of SWFL, a movement studio where students of all ages and abilities come to learn what their bodies can do! Michelle’s team of fitness professionals, dancers, performers, and aerial artists share their gifts and talents with their students through private lessons, group classes, and tailored group experiences. She believes that fitness should be fun and her motto is “play your way fit.” One of her greatest joys is producing artistic showcases at the studio where her clients can perform for friends and family. Members of her dance and circus community also compete and participate in larger shows all over Florida.
One of Michelle’s favorite quotes is: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” Anatole France. Michelle and her son Liam adopted their dog Dixie a few years ago and they are eternally grateful for the boundless energy, play, love, wiggles and snuggles she brings into their lives. Back in November, Michelle was invited by her friend to attend the “My Rescue Rescued Me” event at Baker Park. At that event, she learned about the amazing work being done by The Humane Society of Naples and she was blown away by the number of animals they are able to help find their furever homes. To be invited to participate in an event to raise money and awareness for The Humane Society of Naples that involves dancing and performing is one of the biggest no-brainer yesses she could imagine! She looks forward to exploring different ways to contribute to the Humane Society like “Rescue Recess” and sharing more about their amazing programs with local residents.
Robin Schiller is a curator partner for the Jax Fam Foundation. While she is New York born and raised, Naples has been her home for the past 25 years. Robin is a proud mother of two children and a fur-baby named Sasha. Her passion for dance was developed during childhood, specializing in ballet and modern dance — however, she has always wanted to learn ballroom dance. She continues to support and volunteer in many philanthropic organizations in Southwest Florida with an unrelenting focus to help others. Combining her mission to help others and her love of animals, Robin is not only thrilled, but honored to partner in Dancing with the Local Stars Naples benefiting Humane Society Naples.
Dog Agility & Animal Enthusiast
Influencer Mary Stone, a lifestyle visionary, gifted horticulturist, and accomplished agility competitor alongside her beloved Papillons and Toy Australian Shepherd, sprinkles her magic on residences in New York City, Maryland, and Connecticut, but it’s Naples she calls home. In her spare time, she can be found perusing the latest in interior design in High Point, North Carolina, the exquisite antiques in Round Top, Texas, or the best of everything in the South of France. Mary, a friend of Humane Society Naples, believes the connection between animals and humans is powerful and healing for both, and helping one in need helps the other.
Owner, Audrey’s of Naples
Quenby moved to Naples permanently in 2014 to be closer to her parents and help with the family business then known as Audrey’s Attic.
Today, many know Quenby as the owner of the now Audrey’s of Naples, a curated luxury consignment women’s apparel shop in Downtown Naples. Drawing from her experience owning a consignment business with her mother from the time she was 19 and her later involvement in the motion picture industry holding key positions as production designer and art director, she has crafted her own unique brand of how a sustainable luxury shopping experience should look and feel here in Naples.
A small town, old Naples charm devotee and stalwart advocate for locally-owned independent businesses, she has volunteered many hours of her time on advisory boards for the City of Naples. Most recently, Quenby served a number of years as chair of the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board.
Quenby has also achieved acclaim and great commercial success in the art world with her large-scale, expressive paintings depicting social scenes and vintage themes in oils and acrylics on canvas.
Coming from a long line of animal lovers, she shares her home with an oversized rescue tabby “Big Hoss”. A lover of art, music, dance and animals, Quenby is deeply honored and thrilled to participate in this worthy fundraising effort for such an amazing local organization that she’s long since been a fan of.
Partner at Sentry Insurance Advisors & HSN Board Member
Originally from Ohio, Josh moved to Naples in 2004 where he is now a partner at Sentry Insurance Advisors, specializing in comprehensive risk management. Josh and his family can be seen around Naples with their dog, Oscar, and have been supporters of Humane Society Naples since 2013 when they adopted another dog, Brutus. As a current member of the HSN Board of Directors, Josh is excited to be participating in this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars Naples to help bring more awareness to the organization and additional services they provide above and beyond animal adoption.
Meet Our Sponsors
Cocktail Hour & Professional Dancer Costume Sponsor
Event Underwriter Sponsor
Event Underwriter Sponsor
Event Underwriter Sponsor
Treat Bar Sponsor
Intermission Snack Sponsorship
Refreshment Bar Sponsor
VIP Dinner Decor Sponsor
Meet Our Table Patrons
Denise, Becky & Gretchen
(supporting Mary Stone)
Pelizzon Family Fund
Howard and Cindy Benedict
Felicia and Tim Brown
(supporting Wilfredo Emanuel)
Stacey and T. Robert Bulloch
Kathryn Kensington and Ed Cawley
(supporting Quenby Tyler)
Leslie and Bruce McNair