The 2nd annual Aurora/Newmarket Dancing with Easter Seals Ontario Stars was a huge success! The event managed to break some North American records raising $90,000 dollars!That is going to help send a lot of kids to camp, and we are so thrilled to have been a part of this experience!
The evening began with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, an impeccable dinner, followed by the dance competition. The Easter Seals Stars were Brian North, Lindsay Strom, Andrea Peterson, Chris Emanuel, Rob Clark, Nikki Pett, Tony DiPede and Jennifer Buchannan who were paired with Artistica dancers Kelly Stacey, Patrick Derry and Anastaisa Trutneva. The MC for the evening was Dancing with the Stars alumni Steve Hinder along with celebrity judges Paul Dutton (alumni), Jackie Player (alumni),Tim Jones and Derek Murray. The Easter Seals Ontario 2016 Ambassador AJ Kleiman shared with those in attendance just how important events like this help kids like him. Proceeds from Dancing with Easter Seals Stars will help support children and youth with physical disabilities in our community.
Words cannot express how grateful we are to have been able to work with 8 of the most AMAZING men & women from Aurora / Newmarket and helped them bring the whole audience to a standing ovation! Andrea Peterson, Brian North, Chris Emanuel, Jennifer Buchanan, Nikki Pett, Rob Clark, Tony Di Pede & Lindsay Strom you are the absolute greatest, we are better people just for knowing you all. You made us smile every time you came into the studio and the amount of funds you helped raise for the Easter Seals Kids is nothing short of tremendous!
Special thank you to our MC :Steve Hinder, we adore you!
Thank you to our judges, Jackie Playter, Paul Dutton, Derek Murray & Tim Jones, all four of you were fantastic!
Thank you to Charlene from Easter Seals for meeting with us two years ago over coffee and allowing us to be such a big part of this community event!
Last but certainly not least, thank you to our students who joined us on the night and cheered everyone on! It was amazing to have our dance family there supporting us!
Patrick, Anastasia & Kelly