Derek Hough dances his way to Dubuque

DUBUQUE – Around five hundred people gathered at the Grand River Center last Friday to welcome a very special celebrity guest.

Derek Hough of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars spoke at Mercy Medical Center’s annual Red Dress Breakfast. A New York Times Best Selling Author and two time Emmy winner, Hough discussed everything from dance, to health and nutrition, and of course his famous tag line, “Motion equals Emotion.”

Attendees had only positive things to say about both Hough and the event as a whole. Some even described this Red Dress Breakfast as the highlight of their year.

Rita Raisbeck applauded Derek on his infectious personality, “I thought it was wonderful. I thought he was very motivating, very energetic and made you feel like you want to get out there and dance….He’s got the persona of that, ‘you can do anything’ and I think that’s a good motivation for everybody.”

Dr. Kalyan Vunnamadala, a heart surgeon who only recently moved to Dubuque, was another featured speaker at the breakfast.

This annual event focuses on educating the public on the importance of heart health, as heart disease is the number one killer among women.

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