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Dancing With The Stars Tom BlakeRaising Money in Fight Against Mental Illness

Fort Wayne’s 10th annual Dancing with the Stars hits the Grand Wayne Center Thursday, November 12, and a Waynedale local is one of the stars!

“It’s great to be part of an event that helps everyday people overcome mental illness,” said Waynedale dentist Dr. Tom Blake, owner of Blake Aesthetics Family Dentistry.

Dr. Blake is a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne who graduated from Snider High School, and then went on to IU-Bloomington and the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). He returned to Fort Wayne to begin his career in family dentistry in Waynedale.

Blake presently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at IUSD and is active as a delegate and Council Chair for the Indiana Dental Association.

Blake and his wife, Christy, have two sons and two granddaughters who all live in Fort Wayne. Dr. Blake has spent countless hours involved in Fort Wayne Community Schools while his sons were enrolled there. Currently, he says his passions include fitness and providing dental care to the underserved communities. Blake serves on the Executive Board of Matthew 25 Medical and Dental Clinic as the Dental Chair and has co-created a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, Sonrisas Siempre, which provides dental care for both the orphans and the poor of Honduras in its annual mission trip.

Someone who also enjoys dancing, Blake is looking forward to the November 12th event.

“I’ve already got my team together and we are raising money. In recent years, some contestants in the local Dancing with the Stars have raised over a hundred-thousand-dollars, and I’m hoping to do the same thing for such a worthy cause.”

All the proceeds raised go to Carriage House, 3327 Lake Avenue, in Fort Wayne. Andy Wilson is Executive Director of Carriage House and says Carriage House was founded in 1997 to assist people in recovering from mental illness and reintegrating back into the community.

“We help our clients with their employment, education, housing benefits, and work to meet their other needs. We work to make sure our clients develop real opportunity and can return to their normal lives. In just ten years, we’ve grown from a few dozen members to more than 1,000. Since we were created, we’ve helped more than 300 people return to work and another 150 meet their educational goals,” says Wilson.

With several months until the November event, Blake and the other contestants have plenty of time to build their teams and raise as much money for the cause as they can. If you’re interested in attending this year’s Dancing with the Stars, contact Carriage House on their website: www.fortwayneclubhouse.org.

Brandon D. Schwarze

Brandon D. Schwarze

Brandon Schwarze is a Fort Wayne native and an award winning, nationally published Journalist and Freelance Writer living in Fort Wayne. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer