10796614856?profile=RESIZE_710xBy Amy Woods

The George Snow Scholarship Fund is bringing Boca’s Ballroom Battle back to the dance floor. The popular Dancing with the Stars-themed fundraiser — always a sellout — returns Sept. 10 to The Boca Raton for its 15th anniversary.
“This is going to be the first time that we are going to be holding it live and in-person since COVID,” said Laura Gilli, the fund’s director of special events. “Ticket sales from the get-go were off the charts.”
In 2020 and 2021, Boca’s Ballroom Battle was broadcast on WPTV-TV. To celebrate the pent-up demand for glitz, glamour and grand dance moves, the 2022 theme is One Hit Wonders.
“We want the dancers to have a great time as they’re practicing their routines, but we also recognize that we’re putting on a show, and we want our guests to have a good time as well,” Gilli said. “People are pretty excited. It’s become a well-known event.”
Proceeds benefit not only scholarships but also support services for students with other needs. Among those are motivational mentoring, health care checkups and access to technology, all with the goal of helping build a better life through higher education.
“Many of our scholars don’t come from environments that you or I may have,” Gilli said. “We try to be the support system they need.”
The dancers vying for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy given to the top fundraisers are Lynn Aronberg, Paul Bonaros, Jay Brandt, Ryan Haines, Howard Kanner, Erica Kasel, Tracey McCutchen Rossi and Andrea Virgin. They began their weekly lessons in April at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Boca Raton.
“In any way that people can contribute to Ballroom Battle, all of that money goes to support our Snow scholars who really are going on to do incredible things,” Gilli said. “We just look forward to being that second chance that all our scholars deserve.”
In addition to the pop, rock and disco routines, activities will include a raffle, live and silent auctions and lots of food and drink.
“Judging by the demand for tables, tickets and sponsorships, our supporters are just as excited as we are about being live once again,” President Tim Snow said.
“It is going to be an amazing show and so good to see everyone in person for this very important event for the scholarship fund and the young people we serve.”

Send news and notes to Amy Woods at flamywoods@bellsouth.net.

If You Go
What: Boca’s Ballroom Battle
When: 6 p.m. Sept. 10
Where: The Boca Raton, 501 E. Camino Real
Cost: Tickets start at $200
Information: 561-347-6799 or www.ballroombattle.com

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