Led by plastic surgeon Albert Dabbah and Bloomie’s manager Paula Pianta, the 10 competitors in the seventh annual Boca Ballroom Battle raised more than $210,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Boca’s answer to Dancing With the Stars was held Aug. 16 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. For their performance, each contestant was paired with a professional dancer from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca, but unlike previous years, no awards were given for footwork, only for legwork in raising money.
“Everybody had a great time and the money’s still coming in,” fund spokeswoman Gabriella Snow said. Once again former WPTV reporter and now mother of twins Paige Kornblue returned from Texas to emcee and was joined by Tony Dovolani of Dancing with the Stars.
Established in 1982, the fund has awarded more than $6 million in educational grants. Last year 73 students received $580,000.