The dynamic pair will host the Ballarat Foundation's take on popular reality television series Dancing With Our Stars on June 22 at Civic Hall.
Both are set to make the gala featuring 10-local dancing 'stars' a regular in Ballarat's event calendar, with an aim to help raise $100,000 for the Ballarat Foundation this year.
But for Ms Zass and Mr Ives, the chance to host the spectacular event is more than a show of community support - it will help achieve a dream of long-time friends to host a reality variety show together.
"On one hand it is extremely self indulgent on our behalf because we have always wanted to do something like this but then on the other side we are going to raise serious money on the night," Mr Ives said, after explaining their friendship throughout the past 15 years.
Watch the video on Ballarat's dancing stars below.
Mr Ives and Ms Zass met on the set on a live community television show on Channel 31 in Melbourne while at university.
"Bryce was filling in for a host who had been sacked and I was doing my first live segment on the show," Ms Zass said.
"We literally met on the set of live television," Mr Ives said.
Both continued to cross paths in their work at community media stations SYN Media, RMITV and Channel 31 and went on to continue their journey in media, Mr Ives at the ABC and Ms Zass in regional radio.
When the Ballarat Foundation approached Mr Ives to host Dancing With Our Stars, he immediately suggested Ms Zass be involved.
"The Ballarat Foundation has such a great vision. It knows it needs to fundraise money but it is going about it in really interesting ways that are engaging the community," Mr Ives said.
"I love the selection of people chosen to be the dancing stars. We have curated communities within Ballarat in the stars. As a result I feel like everyone can get behind the event."
"We want everyone to be excited about it as we are," Ms Zass said.
Ms Zass and Mr Ives envision lots of sparkle, fun and laughs on the event night that will bring community together.
"Dancing is fundamentally healthy. It unites people. Dancing is part of what brings communities together and it is also fun," Mr Ives said.
"We are going to do something that is stylish, fun and engaging and I would like it to happen every year."
The Ballarat Foundation and its 10 dancing stars are working to raise a goal of $100,000 through Dancing With Our Stars to help break the cycle of disadvantage in Ballarat.
Community members can get behind their favourite 'star' by voting online.
A $1 donation is one vote.
The dancer who collects the highest number of votes will be announced as the winner of the 2019 Ballarat Foundation Dancing With Our Stars.
Visit ballaratfoundation.org/dwos/ to see Ballarat's dancing stars and to vote.
The purpose behind the glitz and glam
The Ballarat Foundation is aiming to raise $100,000 through its biggest community fundraising effort yet - Dancing With Our Stars.
The philanthropic organisation's purpose is to unite community to break cycles of disadvantage.
"Regardless of circumstance or background no one person should be devoid of opportunity," the foundation's purpose statement reads.
"The causes of entrenched disadvantage are complex and no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to achieve change."
The Ballarat Foundation's four key focus areas are school readiness, youth success, housing security and food security.
In December the organisation estimated it delivered around $700,000 worth of community value throughout 2018.
Last year the foundation raised more than $65,000 to address food insecurity, with an additional $5 million state government investment for Foodbank hub in Ballarat announced in the lead up to the November election.
Four new events contributed to the momentum behind action on food insecurity; the Chairman's Lunch, Art for a Cause, Food for Thought and Run for a Cause as well as the launch of the Feed Ballarat campaign - and now in 2019 Dancing With Our Stars.
The foundation gifted $96,000 in grants to more than 20 community organisations, donated 6000 books through the Ballarat Reads program and distributed $10,000 in vouchers to assist vulnerable families with back to school vouchers last year.
More than 90 young learner drivers were given the opportunity to gain more than 3500 hours towards their license through the foundation's L2P program and 36 young drivers graduated from the program.
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