Our Mission

The mission of Dancing for Diabetes is to spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure, and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives.

Due to the generous and loyal support of the community and those directly involved, Dancing for Diabetes continues to grow and fulfill its mission.

Together we fight against diabetes through fundraising and awareness.

Our History

Originally formed in 2000 through a neighborhood fundraiser, Dancing for Diabetes continues to serve the Central Florida community by raising awareness and funds to put an end to diabetes.
Dancing for Diabetes holds an annual benefit show in Orlando, Florida. Award winning and nationally recognized performers create an evening of entertainment and hope; they are champions throughout the performing arts community as well as in the hearts of those affected by diabetes.
Until a cure is found, Dancing for Diabetes is passionately committed to the fight against diabetes.

it only takes one

Our Founder: Elizabeth Forrest

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10 years old, Elizabeth Forrest was determined to not let diabetes negatively impact her life. As a direct result, Elizabeth created nonprofit organization, “Dancing for Diabetes.”
As a student in Holley Ricker’s dance class at Millennium Middle School in Sanford, Florida, Elizabeth was inspired to host a show to raise funds but more importantly, spread awareness. Elizabeth approached then Middle School Principal, Walt Griffin and found immediate and enthusiastic support. What started as a small neighborhood event quickly transformed into a large annual production and then further into a year round 501c3 nonprofit organization. In the fall of 2018, Dancing for Diabetes will produce its 18th annual show.
Elizabeth has proclaimed that Dancing for Diabetes will continue until a cure is found.

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Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Christen Andreoni – Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission
  • David Katz – Katz & Phillips PA
  • Elizabeth Forrest – Law Offices of Dan Newlin & Partners
  • Ellen Devine
  • Holley Ricker – Seminole County Public Schools
  • James Phillips – Katz & Phillips PA
  • Jennifer Stein – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando
  • Jonathan Snyder – Snyder’s Landscapes
  • Kelly Simbolick – Dancing for Diabetes
  • Maria Marthe – Maria D. Marthe, CPA
  • Michael Garlich – Garlich Consulting
  • Michelle Shah
  • Nelson Marthe, Jr. – Protochips
  • Risa Katz
  • Shana Windish – Metrostudy
  • Walt Griffin – Seminole County Public Schools

If you are interested in joining one of the committees, please sign up for more information.