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An Evening to Remember...
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These stars sparkled, twirled, dipped and even flew at Raise the Roof's second annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. For the past two months, they took ballroom dance lessons, campaigned for "votes"/dollars and spread the story of Raise the Roof's mission. On Friday, October 28, the couples stepped onto the dance floor to perform choreographed routines before a sold-out house at Raise the Roof's gala event. They danced us to the goal of raising the funds for our thirteenth Habitat for Humanity house. An incredible $59,000 has been raised thanks to the dedication of the dancers and the support of the Shoreline community! Applause, please, for these dancing stars, event sponsors, donors and gala attendees whose combined efforts are providing the opportunity for a family to own a home.

Carly Callahan and John Johmann
Rachael McNerney and Alistair Sweeney

Joan and Fillmore McPherson
Victoria Font Newman and Paul Kuehn
Julie Ovian and Sean Fowler
Jennifer Russo and Tom Murphy
Maria and Chris Small
Kimberly and Jason Spanier
Bernadette Welsh and Philip Ross
Kim and Jason Spanier with their 2016 Shoreline Stars trophies! At the close of event voting, they had raised $6,160. Thank you, Kim and Jay, for embracing the cause, spreading the word and raising funds that will build a house! 
All photo credits to Alex Syphers http://alexsyphersphotography.weebly.com
Joan and Fillmore McPherson received the Shoreline Stars Runners-Up trophies! Congratulations, Joan and Fillmore, with our heartfelt thanks for a fundraising campaign that was as spectacular as your tango performance!
Carly Callahan and John Johmann won Best Dance Performance of the night! Congratulations, Carly and John!
Presenting Julie Ovian and Sean Fowler...Best Dance Performance Runners-Up! The top two dance performances tied requiring a special judges' decision to determine first and second. Beautifully done, Julie and Sean!
Thank you to all of our dancing stars for their stellar performances, big hearts and bravely dancing feet…for doing something out of the ordinary to accomplish something extraordinary! 
Rachael McNerney and Alistair Sweeney
Victoria Font Newman and Paul Kuehn
Jennifer Russo and Tom Murphy
...she flew!
Maria and Chris Small
Bernadette Welsh and Philip Ross
Our celebrity judges (left to right):  Angela Clemmons, Peter Konow, Pem McNerney
Deb and Russell Heinrich, last year's winners for Best Dance Performance, performed an Honor Dance.
Thank you to the event sponsors and to all who voted in support of the dancers. We're on our feet in a special ovation for Arthur Murray, our Event Partner, for teaching, choreographing and performing stunning gala exhibition dances. And a special thank you to the gala guests who joined us to cheer, celebrate and dance the night away at our second annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause.

Watch Raise the Roof's website for information as we move toward building our thirteenth Habitat house.
Donations have continued...standing ovations for efforts that went beyond a night of dancing. We thank you. To donate, visit here.
View all of the gala photos taken by event photographer Alex Syphers. Thank you, Alex, for covering our Gala of Stars so beautifully!
Event photos here
View event video filmed by Rob Baldo here (Password: gala)
Thank you, Rob!
Thank you to our event sponsors!
Read about more sponsors on Raise the Roof's Facebook page.

50+ individuals and groups donated at sponsor levels.

"For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other."
 

- Millard Fuller, founder, Habitat for Humanity International

To make a donation in support of the cause or to honor a dance couple, we invite you to click here. Thank you! 
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