Celebrity dancers compete on and off the dance floor
Rehearsing their dance lifts, spins and attitude, five Broward business and community leaders are preparing to face off as The Pantry of Broward and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel& Casino present the fifth annual “Dancing with the Stars of Broward” May 4 in Hollywood.
The premier fundraising event for the pantry will help provide food and other support services to seniors on low, fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren.
Modeled after the popular national TVshow, “Dancing with the Stars of Broward,” the event will pair each local celebrity with a professional dance instructor. Duringweeks of tough training, they’re preparing to take the stage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to perform two dance routines for an audience of 400 guests. For the event’s fifth anniversary, the celebrity competitors have already upped the ante: The pair that wins the champion’s trophy must dazzle the judges and audience - and have a strong showing in raising funds for the event. So as they perfect their dancemoves, the celebs are rallying friends and family to vote for their teams by making online donations to the charity.
This year’s celebrity competitors are: Chef Lee Blakley ofWines for Humanity; Alyssa Lovitt of Timpano Italian Chophouse; John Mabry of AutoNation; Luke Moorman of Carroll’s Jewelers; andKathy O’Brien of Fort Lauderdale Country Club.
Tickets, priced at $200 per person, are limited. Interested guests are encouraged to reserve seats early by calling Terrence Smalley at 954-358-1481, ext. 113 or ordering online at www.thepantryofbroward.org.
This year’s co-chairs are Gale Butler ofAutoNation and Jen Klaassens of TheWasie Foundation, whowas a 2011 “Dancing with the Stars of Broward” contestant and a judge in 2012.
“Guests know‘Dancing with the Stars of Broward’ delivers a high-energy evening for a great cause,” said Klaassens. “To celebrate the event’s fifth anniversary, our team is taking costumes, production effects and fun to the next level.”
Judges will be Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis and 2012 “Dancing with the Stars of Broward” celebrity dancers Laurina Anderson, Marc Cannon, JohnnyWilliams and KatrinaWright, who will offer commentary on the performances.
Audience members can also purchase votes before and during the event for $1each.
“As The Pantry’s major annual fundraiser, ‘Dancing with the Stars of Broward’ is vital to our mission of helping seniors in need in Broward County,” said Penny Loughan, executive director of The Pantry of Broward. “This year, through social media, all the contestants’ friends can support their team and be in on the fun.”
In addition to presenting sponsor Seminole Hard Rock Hotel& Casino, sponsors include Publix, AutoNation, TheWasie Foundation, Pernod RicardUSA, Wines For Humanity, BB&T, Bimini Boat Yard, Carroll’s Jewelers, FastPrintzOakland Park, Fort Lauderdale Country Club, Miller Construction Company, Postal Centers International, Quinn Pro Quo, Smith& Knibbs Public Relations, SBBS, Spector LawOffices and Timpano Italian Chophouse.
The Pantry of Broward, a nonprofit organization, provides food and other support services to more than 425 clients and166 grandchildren throughout Broward County. Founded in 2008, The Pantry of Broward agency is a nutritional safety net for local seniors in need, many who are raising their grandchildren.
Kevin Friel, left, Luke Moorman, Chelsea Roth and Steve Adelstein
Doug Jones, left, Renee Quinn and JohnMabry
Johnny Williams, left, Manya Lowry, Alyssa Lovitt, Bryant Williams, Michael O’Brien and Kathy O’Brien
Gale Butler, left, Terrence Smalley and Jen Klaassens
Laurina Anderson, left, Thom Blakley, Lee Blakley, Vance Valsek and Margarethe Sorensen
Bob Spector, left, EJ Spector and Bob D’Angelo