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Dance Partners: Pete Laver & Libbi Fitzgerald

On November 6th, 2016, Pete Laver will perform live at the JMU Festival Ballroom to represent Funkhouser Real Estate Group in the 7th annual “Dancing with the Stars of Harrisonburg” to benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center (HRCDCC).

HRCDCC has been a vital part of our community since 1971.  Providing high quality childcare to children ages 2 – 5 they offer an income based sliding fee scale which allows the child care center to be affordable to all families regardless of their income.  Structured as a non-profit 501C3 agency, the center relies on funding from the United Way and fundraising efforts.

Over 14 years ago, as a graduate student at JMU, Kyle (Pete’s wife) was part of the Reading Road Show.  Imagine a traveling library touring the community to child care providers and preschools providing storytelling and books to “check out.”  HRCDCC was one of Kyle’s favorite stops.  Finding a preschool and day care program which instills a strong foundation is critical for many families Pete and Kyle’s youngest son Derek is attending HRDCC this Fall!

For this event there are seven local “celebrity” dancers, paired with USA Dance partners, and learning a choreographed routine.  Training began in July with Dancing with Karen for the November event which historically sells out so – if you wish to attend, get your tickets soon!  The winner is determined by money raised and dancing scores.

Pete’s partner is Libbi Fitzgerald, a Registered Nurse at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital, experienced USA Dance member and a previous winner of this event.

The goal of the event is to raise over $100,000, please consider donating to Team Laver; all donations are tax deductible and 100% goes to HRCDCC.  You can donate online using PayPal or credit card by visiting and scrolling down to Team Laver.


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Kemper Funkhouser

Kemper Funkhouser


Kemper Funkhouser is the Chief Operating Officer for Funkhouser Real Estate Group where he oversees the daily operations of the real estate firm. Kemper has been a REALTOR for over 13 years and involved in real estate marketing for 18 years. Kemper is actively involved in the leadership of the REALTOR association as a member of VAR Board of Directors and a VAR Certified Ethics Instructor. Kemper and his wife, Ashleigh, have one son and live in the City of Harrisonburg.