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Boca’s version of “Dancing With the Stars” moves to TV to raise scholarship funds

Boca’s Ballroom Battle moves to broadcast TV this year, with a chance for viewers to have their say, just like a network reality show.

The 13th annual scholarship fundraiser modeled after “Dancing With the Stars” will be broadcast on WPTV-TV, the NBC affiliate, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The one-hour show will also be live streamed from the WPTV and George Snow Scholarship Fund web sites.

Last year’s dancer and top female fundraiser Fran Nachlas is hoping for an even wider audience than the usual in-person production. “People can buy a table or host a VIP or watch party and support dancers prior to the event. They can call in donations during the event and donate by Venmo during the event, even the event is prerecorded.”

Ed Morse Automotive Group is the show’s sponsor. Glenn Glazer, WPTV meteorologist, and Paige Kornblue Hunter, perennial Ballroom emcees, were instrumental in these new arrangements, said Nachlas, whose co-chairs are Dr. Minelle Tendler and Eddie Ventrice.

This year’s eight dancing fundraisers will perform with a pro from Fred Astaire Dance Studios Boca Raton, which just moved to 70 S. Dixie Highway downtown.

The show will be pre-recorded. “For the first time the dancing fundraisers “will be able to watch it, having a watch party. By then, the dancing part will be done, and they can fund raise until the end of the show. We’re using same format as ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and using donations which is basically voting.”

The dancers take lessons at Fred Astaire to perfect a routine and compete for the fundraising mirror ball trophy.

Here’s this year’s dancers that can be supported with donations now at www.ballroombattle.com

  • Steven Bernstein – founder and chairman, SBA Communications Corp.
  • Robin Bresky, founder and president, The Law Offices of Robin Bresky
  • Gwenesia S. Collins, assistant vice president of Clinical Ancillary Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Respiratory, Community Outreach and Population Health, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • William Donnell, president and chief executive officer, NCCI
  • Tara Lucier, talent acquisition manager, Inspirage
  • Ross O’Connor, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Kirsten Stanley, director of operations, Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care
  • Kyle Stewart, vice president, Investments PIM portfolio manager, Wells Fargo

“This is the do not miss event of the season as eight of our community’s most recognizable personalities take to the dance floor for a good cause. Not to mention that coveted fundraising mirror ball trophy,” said fund president Tim Snow.

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