Dancing with the Carolina Stars is the Upstate’s premier charity event and ballroom dance competition that pairs leaders from the community with professional dancers in order to create an unforgettable event. This event engages the entirety of the Upstate, from the dancers to the audience in attendance, to those at home who are voting online. Join in the fun of an elegant night of dancing, dinner, and drinks with friends and local celebrities alike, all while benefiting Senior Action, a local human service organization.
Who we Dance For
Who is Senior Action?
Senior Action is a non-profit organization that has been in Greenville for 54 years. We are the only nonprofit in Greenville County that focuses solely on seniors and provides a wide variety of services to meet the wholistic needs of seniors today.
Why is Senior Action Important?
The over 55 population in Greenville currently makes up 15% of the population. This is unprecedented growth in this population segment surpasses all other age categories. Providing for the needs of the aging population is critical for the overall health of the community, but also saves millions of healthcare dollars each year. In 2020, even in the midst of a pandemic, Senior Action served over 4,000 people. In the past 10 years, the numbers of seniors we are reaching has grown 200% and shows no sign of slowing down. But even with this extraordinary growth, we have barely scratched the surface of the needs of seniors in Greenville.
What does Senior Action do?
Senior Action provides services to adults over 55 and their families that encourage healthy lifestyles, meet basic needs, and foster relationships. Our programs include:
> Activities in 8 centers throughout Greenville
> Robust wellness programming including Silver Sneakers®, Zumba, Yoga, fitness center, and more
> Daily lunch served at each center
> Daily transportation offered to those who can no longer drive (fun fact: we drive the circumference of the earth each month (25,000mi)
> A one-of-a-kind Fine Arts Center for seniors featuring visual art, music, theatre, and dance programs.
> Continuing education programs that encourage life-long learning and financial planning.
> Medical transportation to take seniors to medical appointments
> Lawn Care Maintenance Assistance program
> Home Delivered Meals (in partnership with Meals on Wheels)
> Affordable Housing (48 unit independent living apartment complex)
How does Senior Action pay for all of that?
Senior Action is a private, nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of the community. We currently make up our operating budget from a combination of Federal and State grants, United Way funds, support from private foundations, individual donors, and a small amount from program fees. Learn more about Senior Action here.