“Dancing For The Dogs” Celebrity Dancers in Rehearsals

Local celebrities dancing in the third annual Dancing for the Dogs competition were announced in early January and are now a month into rehearsals for this year’s mid-March event. Competing this year and partnered with professional dance instructors are:

Susan Delean Botkin – Nurse Practitioner, Family Care of Easton – partner Jeff Calloway
Paul Cullen, Musician – partner Nathalie Derakshani
Laurie Forster, Comedian, Sommelier, Author, and Radio Show Host – partner Diego Guzman
Tony Gianninoto, Retired Educator, Caroline County Public Schools – partner Sandra Showell
Bob Greenlee, Owner, The Greenlee Group, Inc. / Oxford Commercial, LLC – partner Lucia Calloway
Ryan Groll, Fitness Director, Hearthstone Health + Fitness – partner Cora Miles
Roger Harrell, Chief Public Health Official, Dorchester County – partner Tori Doyle
Aaron Hutt, Tennis Pro and Co-Owner, CrossFit Gym – partner Stevie Rodis
Lisa Morgan, Senior V.P. and Wealth Director, PNC Wealth Management- partner Darryl Calloway
Patricia Murray, Founder/President, The Murray-Wood Foundation – partner Ron Zigland
Maureen Scott-Taylor, Radio Show Host, WCEI Radio – partner Hugo Hernandez
Barry VanVechten, Assistant Director, Calhoon MEBA Engineering School – partner Aggie Beletsky

Presented by the Foundation for Community Partnerships, Inc. and Partners for Paws Endowment, Dancing for the Dogs will be held at the historic Tidewater Inn in Easton on Saturday, March 15, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The selected beneficiaries for this year’s fundraiser are Talbot and Caroline Humane Societies, and TomCat Solutions. The event will feature a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres, the dancing competition, intermission entertainment, silent auction items, and music and dancing after the winners of the competition are announced.

Dancing for the Dogs is modeled after the popular television dance competition, “Dancing with the Stars”. Local “celebrities” are partnered with professional dance instructors, competing for the overall grand champion title. The winner is determined not only by judges’ scores of each dance performance, but by fundraising totals of donations for each celebrity as well, including public “votes” in the form of dollars. Voting takes place both at the event and on the Dancing for the Dogs web site prior to the competition. Proceeds from silent auction donations and program advertising placed in a celebrity’s name are also figured in to celebrity fundraising totals.

To “vote” for your favorite celebrity dancer, please visit www.dancingforthedogs.com For information on program advertising or silent auction donation, contact Peggy Geisler, Event Co-Chair, at pgeisler@pmgconsulting.net, or 410-310-5969.