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Norwalk's ElderHouse Announces Star Dancers For Gala

Dancing With The Stars Gala will benefit Norwalk's ElderHouse.
Dancing With The Stars Gala will benefit Norwalk's ElderHouse. Photo Credit: ElderHouse

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk’s ElderHouse will host a meet-and-greet Oct. 23 to announce their first benefit gala, “Dancing with the Stars,” planned for next March.

The event will introduce seven local business leaders, who have been selected as Star Dancers for the gala.

“We have an amazing line-up of Star Dancers for ElderHouse’s first annual Dancing with the Stars,” Denise Cesareo, executive director of ElderHouse said in a statement.  “The gala promises to be an extraordinary night of star-studded competition, in support of our very worthy organization.”

The dancers are:

  • Cindi Bigelow, President, Bigelow Tea, Fairfield
  • Gus Pappajohn, Owner, A. Pappajohn Company, Norwalk
  • Pietro Scotti, Owner, Da Pietro, Westport
  • Kathy Sirico, Owner, Gregg and Tony Salon, Westport
  • Peter Tauck, Co-Owner, Tauck Inc., Norwalk
  • Ruthann Walsh, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Pepperidge Farm, Norwalk
  • Gina Zangrillo, President, Darien Sport Shop, Darien

Each dancer will train for the event in the months preceding the March gala. During the live dance competition, star dancers will be competing for a number of prizes. A panel of three celebrity judges will choose Best Male Dancer and Best Female Dancer. Event attendees will vote for their favorite dancer, selecting the People’s Choice Award. A Best Friend to ElderHouse will be awarded to the Star Dancer who raises the most online pledges.

The event will be held at the Inn at Longshore in Westport and will include a live auction. Donors and supporters will have an opportunity to vote and contribute online for the dancers of their choice. All funds raised will support the initiatives of ElderHouse.

ElderHouse is a not-for-profit adult day-center serving seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

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