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Army veteran Tim Thomas and Heidi Arnold of Dancin Dance Studio perform patriotic dance to win 2022 Dancing for the Space Coast

event raised over $400,000 for charity – NEW BREVARD COUNTY RECORD

VIDEO ABOVE: Army veteran and Melbourne councilor Tim Thomas won the 8th annual ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ with his dance teacher Heidi Arnold from Dancin Dance Studio at Indialantic on Saturday at the Clemente Center.

WATCH ON REPLAY: 2022 The ‘Dancing For the Space Coast’ charity fundraising event raises over $400,000 for local charities.

VIDEO ABOVE: Army veteran and Melbourne councilor Tim Thomas won the 8th annual ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ with his dance teacher Heidi Arnold from Dancin Dance Studio at Indialantic on Saturday at the Clemente Center.

Army veteran and Melbourne councilor Tim Thomas won the 8th annual ‘Dancing for the Space Coast’ with his dance teacher Heidi Arnold from Dancin Dance Studio at Indialantic on Saturday at the Clemente Center.

BREVARD COUNTY, FL – Army veteran and Melbourne alderman Tim Thomas won the 8th annual “Dancing for the Space Coast” with his dance teacher Heidi Arnold of Dancin Dance Studio at Indialantic on Saturday at The Clemente Center.

The charity fundraising event set a record for the amount of money raised at an event in Brevard County by raising over $400,000 for local charities Promise in Brevard, House of Hope, Veterans Memorial Center and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Charity.

Thomas is a Melbourne City Councilor and Senior Army Instructor at Viera High School. He was elected to Melbourne City Council in November 2016 and re-elected in 2020. He is also a board member of Melbourne-Orlando International Airport.

Tim Thomas was born in Quincy, Illinois but grew up in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Tate High School and played football for legendary coach Carl Madison. Tim graduated from Tate in 1983 and received a football scholarship to the Marion Military Institute where he was selected for the Army’s Early Commissioning Program.

Upon commissioning in 1985 as a Second Lieutenant, Tim served in the Alabama National Guard with the 20th Group Special Forces and 117th Field Artillery Battalion while graduating from the Auburn University of Montgomery (AUM). He graduated from AUM in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Government and was selected for active duty in the United States Army.

Tim served in the military for 23 years and held many key leadership positions at the division, corps and Department of Defense levels and served two combat tours in Iraq. He is also one of the few Americans to have been allowed to enter North Korea. In 1998, Tim and his search and recovery team were allowed into North Korea where they recovered and repatriated the remains of nine Army soldiers killed in North Korea during the Korean War.

In 2002, Tim earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University while attending the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He retired as a lieutenant colonel at Patrick Air Force Base in 2010.

Tim’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 OLC), Army Medal of Honor (with 2 OLC), Medal Service Medal of Excellence, the Army Medal of Excellence (with 2 OLC), the National Defense Service Medal. (with 2 OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon , Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia Liberation Medal, Airborne and Air Assault Badges.

Upon his retirement in 2010, Tim was immediately hired by Viera High School to start an Army JROTC program. Tim is in his 12th year as a Senior Army Instructor at Viera High School with 200 cadets, making it one of the largest JROTC programs in Brevard County. Tim is also very active in the community supporting homeless veterans through Operation Stand Downs and most recently led efforts with JROTC Cadets from Viera High School as well as Brevard County Veterans to get the All American Flag Act passed by the Florida State Legislature in 2015.

Tim’s community awards include a 2019 resolution passed by Brevard County Commissioners recognizing his heroic efforts to help save the life of a young man who suffered sudden cardiac arrest while performing CPR.

He also received a 2019 Central Florida Humanitarian Award for his efforts with Paul Alfrey and John Casey in setting up the Bahamas Relief Missions to bring needed supplies to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

Finally, Tim was recognized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition and the Florida Tech Alumni Association for his efforts in renaming Airport Blvd to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. He is a member of the United States Army Association, the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and was also selected by Senator Marco Rubio to serve on the selection committee for the United States Military Academy at West Point. His wife, Heather Thomas, is a sworn deputy in the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. They have three children Tommy (28), Savana (25) and Dallas (20). They attend the First Baptist Church of South Brevard in Melbourne.

Tim’s Instructor: Heidi Arnold

Heidi has been teaching dance for over 20 years and is the proud owner of the Dancin’ Dance studio. She started dancing at the age of 3 when her parents signed her up for lessons and she has been dancing ever since.

Heidi loves being able to pass on her passion and knowledge of dance to others. She was a star on her school’s award-winning dance team.

She started teaching ballroom dancing at the age of 16. She has trained extensively across the country, including West Palm Beach, Orlando and New York.

When she started teaching at a local studio, Heidi quickly became the main advanced instructor.

For those unable to secure a ticket or attend the event, Space Coast Daily has been streaming all the exciting action live on demand via the Space Coast Daily TV app. The Space Coast Daily TV app is available for download in the Apple TV app store, Amazon Fire TV Store and Roku TV Channel Store.

Over the past 10 years, “Dancing for the Space Coast” has become Brevard County’s largest charity event and the 2022 edition has raised over $400,000, which will benefit the House of Hope, Promise in Brevard, Veterans Memorial Center and Brevard. County Sheriff’s Office Charity.

The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne Councilor and Senior Army ROTC Instructor Colonel Tim Thomas from Viera Secondary School and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio at Indialantic. Thomas, a highly decorated retired US Army officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic-themed dance routine. Above, with Thomas and Arnold dancing for Space Coast Director Lindsey Deaton, left, and Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy John Martinez.

Tim Thomas wins with a patriotic-themed dance routine

The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne Councilor and Senior Army ROTC Instructor Colonel Tim Thomas from Viera Secondary School and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio at Indialantic. Thomas, a highly decorated retired US Army officer, wowed the crowd with his patriotic-themed dance routine.

Dancer Ashley Buescher of Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson of Melbourne Ballroom placed second. The team of Danielle Masucci, real estate agent for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia placed third.

This highly entertaining event also showcased the exceptional efforts of dancers Zachary Biddulph, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Rob Medina and Jayvo Scott.

Prior to the event, local celebrities dancing at the event helped raise funds months before the event, while preparing for their complex dance routine in front of huge crowds.

The charity event was hosted by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and hosted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey who helped host a live auction and live dance performances by dance professionals and celebrities locals who competed to raise money for Brevard County nonprofits.

“The real stars of the event are the dancers who work diligently to raise money for these worthy causes,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.

AND THE WINNER IS… Dancer Ashley Buescher of Promise in Brevard and instructor Barry Johnson of Melbourne Ballroom, far left, placed second. The team of Danielle Masucci, Realtor for Blue Marlin, and instructor Primo Garcia placed third, far right. The Grand Champion of this year’s event was Melbourne Councilor and Senior Army ROTC Instructor Colonel Tim Thomas from Viera Secondary School and his instructor Heidi Arnold from Dancin’ Dance Studio at Indialantic.

Bragging rights on the line

Each famous dancer was paired with a professional dancer as they took part in a ballroom dance – and to brag about being the best dancer in Brevard.

On the night of the competition, each dance duo participated in a choreographed ballroom dance that will be scored by a panel of judges. During the show, couples were awarded scores based on several technical skill factors, but the judges’ scores alone do not determine the dancer’s final score.

Prior to the actual performance, the dancers have already scored 60% of their points through their fundraising efforts for charities in need.

Dancing For the Space Coast is presented by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and sponsored by L3Harris and Space Coast Daily and Florida Tech.

Brevard County’s annual fundraising event, “Dancing For the Space Coast,” was presented Saturday night at Florida Tech’s Clemente Center to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 800 people. This highly entertaining can’t-miss event will feature dancers Zachary Biddulph, Ashley Buesher, Lenora Caines, Barbara Furtney, Mindy Gibson, Danielle Masucci, Rob Medina, Jayvo Scott and Tim Thomas.