Com­mu­nity lead­ers com­pete for mir­ror ball tro­phy

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Com­mu­nity lead­ers will dance the night away in hopes of earn­ing the cov­eted mir­ror ball tro­phy - and help­ing a lo­cal char­ity.

“Boca’s Ball­room Bat­tle 2013” will take place Aug. 16 at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club. The sixth an­nual dance com­pe­ti­tion is for­mat­ted af­ter the pop­u­lar “Danc­ing with the Stars” tele­vi­sion pro­gram.

Money raised from the event will ben­e­fit the Ge­orge Snow Schol­ar­ship Fund.

“This year we have a lineup that is im­pres­sive — and mo­ti­vated,” said TimSnow, pres­i­dent of the Ge­orge Snow Schol­ar­ship Fund. “This is the ‘do not miss’ event of the sum­mer as eight of our com­mu­nity’s most rec­og­niz­able per­son­al­i­ties take to the dance floor for a good cause.”

Com­mu­nity lead­ers will be paired with pro­fes­sional dancers from Fred As­taire Dance Stu­dio Boca Ra­ton. They will be given a se­ries of dance lessons to per­fect a rou­tine and com­pete for the grand prize at a cock­tail re­cep­tion and dance.

This year’s “Boca’s Ball­room Bat­tle” dancers are: Mark Brock­el­man, SVP chief fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of the Mi­ami Dol­phins and Sun Life Sta­dium; Gary Collins, gen­eral man­ager of French­man’s Re­serve Coun­try Club, A Toll Broth­ers Com­mu­nity; Dr. An­tho­nyN. Dar­dano, a plas­tic sur­geon; Dorothy MacDiarmid, a part­ner at Cloud 9 Con­sult­ing; Marie Oc­chi­grossi, an at­tor­ney at Weitz & Lux­en­berg; S. Chris Palermo, founder and CEO of Global Com­mu­ni­ca­tionNet­works Inc.; RobynNas­setta, vice pres­i­dent of Nas­setta Mar­ket­ing; and Marie Speed, edi­tor of Boca Mag­a­zine.

The evening will kick­off at 6 p.m. with a cock­tail re­cep­tion and live en­ter­tain­ment. The com­pe­ti­tion will be­gin at 7 p.m., and an af­ter party is set to take place in the Palm Court. Tony Do­volani, win­ner of sea­son 15 “Danc­ing with the Stars: All Stars,” will be an hon­orary judge.

This time last year, Beth Os­borne and Peter Baronoff were hard at work per­fect­ing their dance rou­tines. This year, they’re work­ing with the other co-chairs, Brad Os­borne and Carmel Pasquale to help pro­duce the event.

The pre­sent­ing spon­sor of “Boca’s Ball­room Bat­tle” is the Oc­chi­grossi Fam­ily. “Mir­ror Ball” spon­sors in­clude Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, Fred As­taire Dance Stu­dio, Gre­gory’s Fine Jewelry, In­vest­ments Limited, Mercedes Benz of Del­ray, Plas­tic Surgery Spe­cial­ists of Boca Ra­ton, Daszkal Bolton LLP, Heir Find­ers LLC and Pho­to­s­by­black.com.

Tick­ets start at $150 and in­clude two cock­tails and hors d’oeu­vres.

The Ge­orge Snow Schol­ar­ship Fund pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional grants to young schol­ars. Th­ese schol­ar­ships are four-year com­mit­ments and are de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween other fi­nan­cial aid and what the schol­ars and their fam­i­lies can af­ford.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event or non­profit, call 561-347-6799 or visit www.schol­ar­ship.org.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Beth Os­borne, left, and Eric De­hant

Peter Baronoff, left, and Sayra Vazquez

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