Dancing with the Smiths was held Friday, May 10 at the Omni Dallas Hotel and kicked off the fourth annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational weekend. Dancing with the Smiths included a live show and dinner that featured friends of Emmitt’s from his two seasons on Dancing with the Stars.
Deion Sanders started the festivities off joking about how he was a talented dancer in the end zone back in the day saying, “Has everyone forgotten what a great dancer Deion Sanders was?” Hosts for the evening Melissa Rycroft-Strickland and Tony Dovolani then welcomed the crowd and talked about winning the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars Mirror Ball Trophy. Guests enjoyed performances by the professional dancers from Studio 22, the Dallas-based dance studio where Emmitt Smith has trained. Rycroft-Strickland and Dovolani also joined in the fun dancing the Samba. But, the surprise of the night was a performance from Pat Smith herself! Later in the evening Emmitt joined Pat on the dance floor. The event culminated with a live auction and music from Emerald City.
The festivities resumed on Saturday morning with an 18-hole celebrity golf tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.
Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities partners with nationally respected nonprofits to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for underserved children in North Texas through the Team 22 program. The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $1 million in its history in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
It was a star-studded occasion at the Omni Hotel Dallas with Dancing with the Stars alums and sports greats from the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB in attendance.
FOX-TV broadcasted live from the red carpet, as Pat and Emmitt Smith welcomed celebrity attendees including: Dovolani, Sabrina Bryan, Rycroft-Strickland, Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Rolando Blackman, Spud Webb, Joe Carter, Will Muschamp, Floyd Little, Michael Finley, Darren Woodson, Trent Richardson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley, Del Harris, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, Daryl Johnston, Jake Pavelka, Jay Novacek, Sanders and Marty Turco.
Gala guests included: Tina and David Craig, Lee Anne Locken, Dee Lincoln and John Dinardo, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Rachael Gatenby and Mark Hearl, Abi Ferrin, Charlotte and Shy Anderson, Barbara and Steve Durham, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Ben Patton, Courtney Kerr and Chuck Steelman.
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