Dancers named for foundation fundraiser
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN Vinny Pacheco gets into the dancing spirit with partner Gabrielle von Stephens.
Back for its second year, Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation's "Fall Frolic: Dancing with Our Stars" returns this year on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. Inspired by ABC's hit television show "Dancing with the Stars," the event puts a different twirl on fundraising. Guests are invited to bid money in support of their favorite dancers, with all the proceeds benefiting the foundation.
Following the same format as last year, this dance competition pairs eight recognizable Sonomans with professional or veteran dancers, who spend weeks working up the routine they take to the stage during the show.
This year's line-up of dancers includes Dr. Michael Brown dancing with Elaina O'Malley, singer Sue Albano with partner Ed Dufault, Gayle Jenkins and Patrick Jude; businessman Vinny Pacheco and Gabrielle von Stephens, Boys and Girls Club Executive Director David Pier and Phyllis Gurney, Denny Lane with Rhonda Guaraglia, Holly Kyle and Craig Atwood and Rebecca Hegehold dancing with Dennis Goss.
Reigning champions, Julie Atwood and Ed Dufault, will also perform. Choreographer Gene Russo once again brings his skills to the production, coaching the dancers as they prepare for the performance. The couples have already selected their dances and put in numerous hours in the dance studio. The diverse and exciting show features the waltz, Argentine tango, disco, salsa and more.
The event will include a buffet dinner by Bea Beasley and Company, cocktails and Sonoma wines, a dance lesson by Gene Russo, dancing to the Richard Olsen Orchestra and a silent auction.
Last year's inaugural event proved a great success, raising over $90,000.
Proceeds from the event, including a fund-a-need, will help replace a 26-year-old X-ray system. One of the hospital's two X-ray machines was installed in 1985, and after nearly three decades, it has reached the end of its life. Funds raised at this event will be used to purchase a new, state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine and help ensure the hospital is able to continue offering this life-saving diagnostic service to the community.
Admission is $200 a person.
For more information, to make a donation to the silent auction or to become an event sponsor, contact Harmony Plenty at 935-5070.