On January 28, 2017, Daugherty Business Solutions President and CEO Ron Daugherty and his dance partner Nina Middendorf stepped into the spotlight to compete in the annual Dancing with the St. Louis Stars event. Ron and Nina had been practicing their routine for months. Not only were they working hard to ensure that their dance was flawless and fun, but they also knew how important this benefit was for the Independence Center.

"…the commitment of Independence Center, to stop the stigma and to enrich and save lives… now, that's a mission I can proudly support."Ron Daugherty

The Independence Center is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness in the St. Louis metro area. However, this cause was also a personal one for Ron and the rest of Team Daugherty. One of Daugherty’s earliest employees, Gib Hecker, had struggled with mental illness, ultimately losing the battle. Gib’s family became involved in the founding of the Independence Center in an effort to help raise awareness and provide support for those in the community living with a mental illness.

The Dancing with the St. Louis Stars gala raised over $836,000 this year to help accomplish the Independence Center’s mission of providing rehabilitation and employment to adults in the metro area with serious and persistent mental illness. Daugherty Business Solutions was proud to be a part of this amazing event dedicated to such an important cause that will always be close to our hearts.