Team Meneses: ‘I’m better at memorizing the steps, Big Sexy is better at execution.’

Updated: Oct 27, 2021


Raymond and Lea Meneses

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Raymond and Lea Meneses are one of five couples competing in this year’s Dancing For the Stars event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Lone Star Arena.


Raymond is a production scheduler at Schreiber Foods and Lea is the member services director at the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.


“Kids are our future and we full-heartedly believe in and support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Lea told Beneath the Surface News. “It’s also very important for Raymond and myself to give back to our community and to set an example for our kids. Our girls have huge giving hearts, which they get from me, obviously, and we want to continue to foster that and to make sure they know the impact they have the power to make.”


The couple took part in a Q&A and here is what else they had to say.


DO EITHER OF YOU HAVE ANY PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE?


“None, unless taking a less than graceful tumble out of my Jeep (while wearing a dress) counts. Yes, that happened, and I have the scars to prove it…both physical and emotional.” - Lea


WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF TRAINING FOR THE COMPETITION?


“Fundraising. Both Raymond and I are very involved in several local non-profits that have either recently had fundraisers or are in the process of doing so. It’s just hard to ask the same people for sponsorships, especially after the last couple of years, but you know what, the people of Erath County are amazing and still find a way to give! We also have some pretty awesome employers that have supported us 100% throughout this journey,” Lea said. “And I’m no spring chicken - and man, do I love tacos and margaritas - and this experience has made that very evident!”


WHICH OF YOU IS THE BETTER DANCER?


“I’m going to call it a tie. I’m better at memorizing the steps, Big Sexy is better at execution.” - Lea


ANY INJURIES OR MISHAPS?


“I tore my calf muscle at some point. There wasn’t a definite ‘pop’ or anything like that so best I can tell it just happened gradually, slowly and very painfully,” Lea said. “I learned that muscles take weeks to heal and that patience isn’t one of my virtues.”


FUNDRAISERS AND TICKETS


Team Meneses is hosting a drive-thru fish fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at Newman Hall.


Plates are $10 each and the fish will be prepared the famous Knights of Columbus.

If you would like to support Team Meneses, purchase tickets directly from them or contact BBBS executive director Sarah McNeal-Weaver at smcneal@bbbstx.org.