Thursday, May 16, 2024

Boca Ballroom dancers announced

Drum roll, please. The George Snow Scholarship Fund just announced the fearless eight community leaders who will dance at the Ninth Annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle August 20 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

This highly anticipated event—the highlight of the summer—is patterned after the “Dancing with the Stars” television blockbuster, and pairs Boca brave hearts with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca who learn a choreographed routine in a matter of months—and then perform it in front of 750 of their closest friends and neighbors.

Those of us who have done it know what it takes—and it is not for the faint of heart.

Each dancer raises money that benefits the good work The Foundation does in awarding scholarships to kids who really need them, which makes all the angst worth it in the end.

So here they are, our intrepid dancers of 2016. We wish them all the best and we’ll be there cheering them on! (P.S. It’s never too early to sign up for a table or sponsorship—visit for details.)


Donna Biase– Co-Founder, Best Foot Forward Foundation

Dan Davidowitz – CIO & Portfolio Manager, Polen Capital

Alex Eremia, – Vice President, General Counsel, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Peter Gary – CEO/Founder, Pinnacle Advertising & Marketing Group

Bonnie Halperin – Entrepreneur, Visionary, Philanthropist, Volunteer

Stacey Packer-Community Champion, Volunteer and Mother

Doug Paton, – Chief Operating Officer, Flagship Solutions Group

Samantha Vassallo – Senior Vice President, SunTrust Private Wealth Management

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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