Wednesday, May 31, 2023

The Countdown is On for The 2022 Boca Ballroom Battle

It’s back and it’s going to be BIG. After two years of televising one of Boca’s favorite fundraising events, the Boca Ballroom Battle will be live once again, at The Boca Raton’s Mizner Center on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. You have 26 days (but who’s counting!) to secure those tickets and support your favorite dancer. And this year’s group—known as the “Extraordinary Eight”—is bound to make this “comeback” to a live performance dynamic and fun.

For those of you new to Boca, this event pairs local community leaders with professional dancers from Fred Astaire to perfect choreographed dances that will be performed live in front of about 800 of our closest friends. It’s pretty much professional quality, very competitive and it’s a big deal in Boca. As in, everyone in town goes. Proceeds (and they are big, every year) benefit the George Snow Scholarship Fund, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. This organization awards scholarships to underserved but determined kids who want to attend college but do not have the funds. In 1982, its first year, it awarded scholarships to three students, totaling $8,000; in 2021, it awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships and support services to more than 234 deserving scholars.

So there you have it, even more of a reason to nab your tickets and plan on attending what is arguably the most fun event of the year.

And here are your dancers…

Lynn Aronberg

Lynn Aronberg, Owner & CEO of Lynn Aronberg Public Relations, LLC, is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader who now acts as a spokesperson for the Palm Beach art, culture and business communities, representing many talented entrepreneurs.

Jay Brandt

Jay Brandt, Executive Director at St. Jude Catholic Church & School and who has helped raise more than $10 Million over the past five years, including the construction of the Frank & Vera Ferola Education Center and Gymnatorium, among many other smaller projects at the church and school. In his spare time, Jay is the lead singer of Wolfhawk, a local rock band. 

Paul Bonaros

Paul Bonaros, Managing Director, Paradigm Wealth, LLC, a founder of the firm and graduate of Florida Atlantic University, past President of Rotary Club, Boca Raton Central Chapter and key supporter of The Place of Hope, Rinker Campus.  

Ryan Haines

Ryan Haines, Owner, RKH Yachts, is a Boca High grad who’s been a member of the US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) since 2009, whose missions include anti-terrorism, countering smuggling, and stopping illegal immigration.

Howard Kanner

Howard Kanner is Co-Founding Partner/Trial Team Leader of Kanner & Pintaluga and trial team leader in the Firm’s Personal Injury Practice. Howard devotes his practice to representing plaintiffs throughout Florida in all types of personal injury claims and is an active member of several legal associations, including the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Broward County Bar Association.

Erica Kasel

Erica Kasel, Chief Marketing Officer at The Boca Raton, is a luxury marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience across the hospitality, publishing, fashion and beauty industries. Kasel gained her deep knowledge of luxury marketing as VP Marketing at American Express, where she published Departures and launched Centurion magazine to Platinum and Centurion card members.

Tracey McCutchen Rossi

Tracey McCutchen Rossi, Senior Vice President, Marsh & McLennan of Florida, is a native Floridian who was born in Miami and moved to Boca Raton at the age of one. Upon graduation from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Tracey joined the Business Insurance division of an international broker in Boca Raton before joining Marsh & McLennan, one of the top insurance brokers.  

Andrea Virgin

Andrea Virgin, President at Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation is a professional ballerina turned land development engineer. After nearly 20 years of working in both commercial real estate and the performing arts, she decided to combine both her passions with the love of her community to spearhead the proposed Center for Arts & Innovation in Boca Raton. 

For more about the George Snow Scholarship Fund or Boca’s Ballroom Battle, please contact Laura Gilli, Director of Special Events, at or 561/347-6799. Tickets start at $200 and sponsorships are available.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Marie Speed
Marie Speed
Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines. Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.

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