She may not have taken the top disco-ball trophy home this year, but Yvonne Boice, highly honored philanthropist and businesswoman of Boca Raton, can certainly brag about her performance in front of an audience of over 700 people and her show of courage in stepping out and dancing for charity.
Boca’s Ballroom Battle, the fourth annual “Dancing with the Stars”-style contest, was held Aug. 19 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The event raised $211,000 for the George Snow Scholarship Fund, a Boca-based charity that provides educational scholarships to deserving young recipients.
This year’s dancers — Boice, Dr. Rafael Caberra, Jay DiPietro, Ingrid Fulmer, Ralph Mesa, Jackie Reeves, Pat Thomas and Bryan Tindell — all trained (and performed) with professionals for four months at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, a local dance school and a Ballroom Battle event co-partner. Though the dances were performed for charity, the costumes and the effort put into the event were certainly on par with ABC’s hit reality show. One of the show’s famous “movers and shakers,” Chelsie Hightower, was even on hand as a judge.
The male winner of the top fundraiser award and trophy, went to Boca West Country Club Manager Jay DiPietro for bringing in $37,000, while the female honor was given to community volunteer Patricia Thomas for raising $49,000.
Introducing Boice was Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, a past disco-ball trophy winner. Judging by the excitement of the crowd and the prominent names of those who participated, this event will continue to grow in popularity year after year.
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