Father Darrin Merlino


Funds Raised: $2,335
In-Kind Donations Secured: $0

Father Darrin Merlino is the Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on October 6, 2000 at San Gabriel Mission, in California. His Catholic ordination was the first to be broadcast live via Internet in the United States. Father Darrin has experience in a variety of media ministries over the last 25 years working in radio, television and print. Before entering the seminary, he was a disc jockey for six years playing for private functions.

Father Darrin enjoys playing basketball, football, volleyball, golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Body Surfing, eating a lot of Italian food, traveling and he’s a major movie buff, however, not in that order. He’s a passionate photographer, in collaboration with the “Frame and I,” put together a couple of photo exhibits to help raise money for the remodel of the church and foreign missions. Father Darrin’s motto is: to preach the gospel to the entire world in urgent, timely and effective ways as he sees the world as his parish! He’s looking forward to this event to help the children have a safe and fun place to be children.


Professional Dance Partner

Carie Hughes

Carie has a passionate love for dance that moves her soul to existence. She has been entertaining a captive audience her whole life with her first dance solo performance at the age of 3 at the Arizona State Fair. As   captain cheerleader at CV Junior High, Prescott High School and during Yavapai College, she was Pom and Cheer Coach for BMHS. She enjoys jazz, ballet, hip hop and country. She held the Arizona State Line Dance Champion title for 2 years. She performs with Prescott Center of the Arts Theatre as a dancer, actor, singer, choreographer for 28 years now. She was blessed with the PFFA dance scholarship program for 2 years which paid for her YCC education. She wears many hats and volunteers in the community, as owner of Cherry Creek Ranch Venue in Dewey, KWBP Realtor, runner at husband John's Diesel shop, President of Yavapai Cowbelles, RWOP 3rd Vice President, Ritz Girl Caterer, Joyce Meyer Ministries Greeter Team and Boys & Girls club Dancing for Our Stars Dancer.

Carie is a self-taught dancer with bold energy at and a level of creativity that delivers a unique style of dance by feeling the heart of the music.

As a dance instructor, we have been given the opportunity to bring a simple seed to full blossom and I am honored to be a part of it. It's all for the kids!