Norwalk, CT - It’s time again to polish the mirror ball and sweep the dance floor in preparation for ElderHouse’s annual fundraising event, Dancing with the Stars. Eight local business leaders put their dance shoes on at the kickoff event on January 7, 2020 at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Norwalk where the star lineup was announced. Paired with professional dance instructors from Fred Astaire, lessons will begin in preparation for the dance competition being held Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, CT.
Widely considered one of the most successful benefit events in Fairfield County, the much-anticipated gala showcases eight Fairfield County business leaders, who will each dance with an award-winning professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studio. The star dancers donate their time learning choreography, practicing routines, honing their newfound skills to perfection, and competing in this very exciting and impressive dance competition. Star dancers will be competing for coveted top awards including: Best Male and Female Performances, chosen by an esteemed panel of judges; People’s Choice voted by attendees for their favorite star dancers; and Best Friend to ElderHouse for the best fundraising efforts.
The notable ‘star’ dance lineup for 2020 includes Lisa Bancroft, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Fairfield County Bank, Bill Evans, Owner,
DWTS Group Kickoff (contributed photo)
William Evans Painting Company, Rhodie Lorenz, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, JoyRide Cycling Studio, Joe Marotta, Commercial Division Manager, Everest Marble, Lynley Middleberg, Brokerage Manager, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Lauren Murphy, Vice President, Marsh | QSG International, Vinny Scicchitano, Owner, Accurate Auto Repair, and Andrew Starks, Private Wealth Analyst, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
“We are incredibly grateful to have these eight volunteer dancers whose time, energy, and enthusiasm for ElderHouse will undoubtedly make this year’s event another huge success,” said Denise Cesareo, executive director at ElderHouse, the Norwalk, CT-based nonprofit adult day center. “Thanks to our seven-year partnership with Martin and Gina Goethche, owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Norwalk, we have created a remarkable fundraising event enjoyed by all who have attended, which raises important funds to support programs at ElderHouse.”
Fred Asaire Dancers (contributed photo)
Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event, and brings in significant and vital support, which helps to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds are raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise. At this annual Dancing with the Stars fundraising event, business community leaders generously join with Fred Astaire Dance Studio in a commitment to raise funds and awareness for this highly valuable Fairfield County eldercare resource.
For more information on how you can donate, make a pledge to your favorite dancer, or to purchase event tickets, please contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit: www.elderhouse.org/events.