Dr. Tom NillYou are cordially invited to most enjoyable
fundraiser of the year!
Dancing with the 
Fort Wayne Stars 

10 Incredible Celebrity Dancers will take months of lessons from local professionals. They will join our Emcees, Celebrity Judges, a Live Band, and 1,200 adoring fans for a night of MUSIC and DANCING!

November 7th, 2024
The Grand Wayne Center

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information on our amazing dancers!

Click Here to see memories from last year

Learn more about the Carriage House
Changing the World for those with Serious Mental Illness

Dr. Edgardo Rivera Rivera
Dr. George Cooper
Brian Bojrab
Jessica Pappert
Matt McKibben


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Tom Nill

 Tom Nill


Dr. Tom Nill is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident and graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine.  Throughout his twenty-six-year career with Northeast Indiana Urology, Tom was known for his warm personality and expertise treating patients.  Since retiring in 2018, Tom dedicates time to helping children and adults with developmental challenges find joy riding horses at Camp Red Cedar.  Tom and his wife Helen have been happily married for 39 years.  They are the proud parents of three adult sons who have grown their family to include two wonderful daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

Tom is an enthusiastic (not necessarily proficient) ballroom dancer and is delighted to share his love of dancing while raising funds to support a cause for which he and Helen are passionate: mental health.  Typically, Tom avoids the spotlight.  However, he was moved to say yes to Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars after hearing a fellow volunteer at Camp Red Cedar and Carriage House club member share her journey through mental health challenges.  Additionally, Tom saw the lifelong struggles his patients with chronic mental health faced and feels passionately about helping Carriage House further it’s mission.

Egardo Rivera Rivera

Brian Bojrab

George Cooper IV

Matt McKibben

 Matt McKibben

Jessica Pappert

Event Information

We are so happy that you are for joining us for our event - we can't wait to meet you! Your support of the Carriage House means the world to all of us.

We work hard to make sure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable for the evening. Here are a few questions that we have been asked in the past.
What should I wear? It's a classy event - evening party attire is suggested. Most men will wear jacket or suit.

The Dancing Committee

Is it a cash bar?
Yes! Credit cards and cash will be accepted at bars throughout the venue. VIP Sponsors will have a dedicated Open Bar. 
2023 Celebrity Judges

What's for dinner?
Our event is catered by the Hilton Fort Wayne. There will be an expansive buffet with options for all kinds of diets.  The buffet will be available from 5:30 - 7:00 VIP Sponsors will have an elegant plated dinner. 
2023 Champions Kayla DeMarchis with professional partner Patric Didier from Fred Astaire.

Where should I park?
Most people park in the Hilton parking garage. You can pay with a credit card when you leave.
The Grand Wayne Center

How do I support my favorite dancer?
Cheer! Applaud! And Vote! Every person gets one free vote in the first round and one free vote in the second round. More votes are available for purchase ($10 each) with cash, checks, credit cards, and Venmo at the event. Thank you for supporting the mission of the Carriage House with your votes!           

About the Carriage House

The Carriage House is a unique and nontraditional community assisting women and men with the most serious mental illness to recover and reclaim their lives. 
Since 1997, we have been honored to provide the highest quality psychiatric rehabilitation using the evidence-based and internationally replicated Clubhouse Model.
 To learn more about our program, please come for a tour or visit our website here!