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Nachlas, Ventrice top Snow scholarships’ dance-off

A record crowd of more than 800 watched eight novice dancers at Boca’s annual version of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Squeeze.com presents Boca’s Ballroom Battle netted $600,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund, president Tim Snow announced.

Fran Nachlas, a nurse and Run from the Rays 5K race director, was the top female fundraiser with $178,000, Snow announced. Eddie Ventrice, a founding member of BV Group wealth management, raised $235,000 as the top male.

This is never a quiet crowd. Fans vocalized and used noisemakers to back their favorite in the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Lighted tambourines came out en masse for Jody Saffert’s Bossa Nova. Saffert’s a director at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Other dancers were orthodontist Dr. Minelle M. Tendler; volunteer and master gardener Margaret L. Blume and celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn.

Wearing a white suit, YMCA of South Palm Beach County CEO Jason Hagensick’s performance was greeted with Twinkle Toes signs. Branding firm owner Diana Riser wasn’t able to perform, but came out in a sequined gown to greet the crowd.

Each dancer performed with a pro from Fred Astaire Dance Studio after months of lessons. Five alumni dancers sat on either side of the dance floor and commented on the performances. “You knocked it out of the park,” Pinnacle Advertising CEO Peter Gary said after Saffert’s dance got a standing ovation.

Brian Altschuler, Peg Anderson, Bonnie Halperin and Dan Davidowitz were the other alumni analysts.

Presenting mirrored ball trophies at the end of the evening were co-chairs and alumni dancers Nancy Dockerty and Jamie Rosemurgy.

Paige Kornblue and WPTV weatherman Glenn Glazer reprised their emcee roles.

A live auction by Neil Saffer raised another $53,500 according to the foundation.

Snow student scholar Jackson Destine talked about overcoming homelessness and despair. He’s now going to college, working and raising an 8-year-old cousin. Snow announced he would start a special fund to help him.

By Marci Shatzman

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