Wednesday, March 9, 2011

'Dancing Under the Stars' at the Omni for a good cause

The place to be Friday night is the Omni New Haven Hotal at Yale, where celebrity and professional dancers will be raising money for the Ronald McDonald House.
"Dancing Under the Stars" kicks off with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing at 7:30 p.m. with a cast of local celebrities who will be paired with professional ballroom dancers from "Dance in Rhythm" of Branford.
The Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut in conjunction with Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life!, Inc. is presenting the event.
Tickets are $75 a person and can be obtained through Cathy Bignolas at the Ronald McDonald House, 203-777-5683.
The celebrity dancers are: Lisa DeLeo-Kelly, the owner of "Simple Couture," a formal dress shop in North Haven; North Haven dentist Stuart Lazaroff; Victor Palma, the director of field operations for the North Haven Public Works Department; North Haven community activist and owner and founder of GIRLTOWER LLC, Theresa Ranciato-Viele; state Rep. David Yaccarino, R-North Haven, the owner of DJ’s Sports Collectibles and Comics, and Tom Prete of North Haven, the owner of the Dancer’s Shop and executive director of the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant. Also dancing are Patti Scussel of East Haven, the executive director of the Greater New Haven Leadership Center with the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and News 8’s Sara Welch.
Awards will be presented in several categories by the celebrity judges: dancer and costume designer Kim Hunter; WEBE 108’s Danny Lyons; News 8’s Jocelyn Maminta; Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Rescigno of North Haven and Kathryn Spero, a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.
News 8’s Gil Simmons is the emcee.
The black tie optional event is being sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Bridgeport Hospital.

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