Orlando CEO turned showstopper sets fundraising record in dance competition

This week’s Getting Results award winner went from typing to tango.

Chassity Vega stepped out of her comfort zone for charity and staged a record fundraiser in the process.

Vega, CEO of the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) spent months training for the Dance Dream & Inspire ballroom dancing competition to support the non-profit organization Embrace Families.

“It’s amazing, it really is,” Vega said while watching video of the May 7 competition on his phone. “I think I will talk about this for years. I can’t believe I was on that stage.

The stage was at Hard Rock Live Orlando. Vega and her dance partner, Jose Perez, ended up winning the most popular couple award. The two performed a boxing-themed routine.

“I was asked to dance, and while I love dancing in the mirror, I had no idea what it was going to entail,” Vega said. “The training was very different from what I expected. Just like you see on the TV show. It’s hard work.”

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Vega has relied on its network of GOBA partners to help with its pledge campaign. Vega was able to raise over $25,000 to support Embrace Families, a Central Florida nonprofit that serves foster families.

Gerry Glynn, legal director at Embrace Families, said the money was needed. Embrace Families is one of 16 nonprofit organizations in the state that operate the foster care system. Glynn said government funding can come with restrictions and it’s helpful to have extra funds that they can use at their discretion.

“Anytime there are public funds, there are all kinds of restrictions on how you use them,” Glynn said. “So these fundraisers allow us to provide that flexibility to be able to serve families where they are.”

Glynn said the money can be used for summer programs, for additional services for youth transitioning to adulthood and out of foster care, and for families in crisis.

Glynn said Vega set the standard for fundraising this year.

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“She was our biggest fundraiser, I think, ever,” Glynn said. “She’s raised more money than any dancer in the past.”

Vega said she couldn’t have done it without the support of GOBA’s 700 member companies.

“We are community builders. Whether we’re building a home for Habitat for Humanity or building a home for heroes. We give back tremendously to this community and it immediately showed in raising these dollars.

Even though the event is over, you can still donate and support Embrace Families through their website.

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