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Dancers Wow the Crowd at Our First Annual Fundraiser

Dancers and singers rocked the crowd at our first annual gala, “A Touch of Broadway,” on October 28, 2021. Lakeland Mayor William Mutz kicked off the live event held at the Junior League of Lakeland. Dancers from the Highland School of Dance, along with former Radio City Music Hall Rockette Karyn Tomczak of New York City, electrified the crowd with the Rockette’s famous high kicks to a Broadway tune. Local singers Ashleigh Christian-Massey and Rebecca Renfroe-Borneman performed the Foundation’s theme song, Dancing in the Tune, in an audience sing-along. Renfroe-Borneman, a former student of Betsye Kay Finch, has performed professionally in New York City and beyond. Many thanks to our sponsors, audience and volunteers for making this a success.

Karyn Tomczak, a former Radio City Rockette (center) performs with Highland School of Dance students, from left, Lilly Stewart, Kailey Rutledge, Logan Patton, Chloe Lanham, Alexis Jordan and Teagan Youngblood at the Betsye Kay Finch gala fundraiser at the Junior League building in Lakeland.


Opening Night Level

Ann & Ward Edwards

Ansley & Greg Masters



Rockette Level

The Carol and Barney Barnett Family Foundation Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation

The Maguires of Lakeland


S&D Real Estate Services

Choreographer Level

The Belotto Sisters: Chere' Belotto Campbell,

Leah Bellotto Lauderdale, Chris Belloto

Brant & Debbie Martin

Debbie Young Dominick

Michelle & Wogie Badcock

Merris, Ellery & Rainey

Thomas Hall & Ken Jewett

Chantele Aldridge

Doris & Bill Ellsworth

Nancy & Bob Fisher

Regal Automotive Group


 We’re proud of our first two scholarship winners, Abby Rogers (2020) and Rachael Gomez (2021)! Watch them discuss how the BKF scholarship has supported them at their respective universities, Drake and Belmont University. They let their talents shine performing our theme song, “Dancing in the Tune,” composed and performed by Rebecca Renfroe-Borneman.

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