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We are excited to announce our event Dancing with the St. Louis Stars will continue and is being held January 23, 2021. This year, fans can expect an exciting new, virtual and interactive approach. Further event details to be announced here, or follow us on our Facebook page – Independence Center St. Louis

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Couple that has the most people vote for them the night of the event (actual number of people, not dollar amount in votes.)


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Independence Center Raises Over $500,000 to Benefit Those Struggling with Mental Illness

(ST. LOUIS – January 20, 2020) Five prominent St. Louis business leaders and dance instructors put their hearts and soles into the 12th annual Dancing with the St. Louis Stars and raised over $500,000 to benefit Independence Center. The annual gala, which drew more than 650 people, was held on January 18 at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis and benefits Independence Center, a St. Louis nonprofit committed to restoring the lives of adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Proceeds from Dancing with the St. Louis Stars allow Independence Center to continue its mission of restoring lives by providing a comprehensive system of high-quality programs and services to people in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses. Independence Center’s goal is to help people live and work in the community, independently and with dignity.

“This event was, once again, an exciting and meaningful way to help raise awareness and funds to support the important work we do every day at Independence Center,” said Independence Center Executive Director Mark Bethell. “We like to remind people that one out of every four people will deal with mental illness at some point in their lives and this event hopefully reminds everyone that we have the ability to make a tremendous positive impact in the lives of those struggling with this disorder.”

Dancers campaigned for votes (1 vote = $10) via the website and the couple that raised the most votes was crowned Dance Champions. This year’s Dance Champion was Nancy Staudt, Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law at Washington University and her partner Alex Borodko. The MVP Winners were Lynn Ann Vogel, Partner at Vogel Law Office and her dance partner Robert McKenney. Angelleen Peters-Lewis, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at Barnes Jewish Hospital and her dance partner, Steve Brockman, were this year’s Crowd Favorite and Independence Center’s member dancer, Chris Hampel, and his partner, Anna Bahn, won the Judge’s Favorite. This year’s dancers also included Laurie Phillips, President and CFO of TerraSource Global and James Craven, Director of Business Development – Lending at Wells Fargo Advisors.

About Independence Center

Independence Center is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults with mental illness in the St. Louis area, built on the Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation. Its mission is to provide all the services and resources a person with a serious and persistent mental illness needs to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life. For more information about Independence Center, go to



Claire Kellett loves everything about her hometown of St. Louis and is ecstatic to be back on the anchor desk for News 4 at Noon, 4:00 and 5:00 newscasts.

Claire is an award-winning journalist who treasures telling stories that impact people’s lives. Claire and her coworkers at News 4 won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award for Breaking News Coverage and she co-hosted an Emmy-winning Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Outside of work, Independence Center, Cardinals Care and St. Louis Crisis Nursery are among the wonderful greater St. Louis organizations near and dear to Claire’s heart.

Claire Kellett was a Star Dancer in 2011.


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