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Dancing With The Islands’ Stars host kickoff party

By Staff | Oct 10, 2011

Some of the participants in this year's Dancing with the Islands’ Stars event, a fundraiser for the Sanibel Community Association, at last week's kickoff party.

The secret is out!

The Sanibel Community Association announced the contestants for this year’s Dancing with the Islands’ Stars at their annual kickoff party.

This year’s participating island “stars” – Raynauld Bently, Nicole McHale, Katie Gardenia, Dr. Edward Lamotta, Phaidra McDermott and Shara Weaver – were introduced and paired up with professional dance instructors from the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Fort Myers, where they will work on their ballroom dance routines until the January 2012 competition.

The Sanibel Community House’s major fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, with the dress rehearsal staged the prior evening.

Judged not only on performance by a panel of judges, the dancers’ ability to get votes through fundraising money for The Sanibel Community House also determines the final Islands’ Stars trophy winner. The second trophy, the People’s Choice winner, will also be awarded by popular vote by the audience.

The Sanctuary Golf Club provided the hors d’ oeuvres for the kickoff party, which culminated in a champagne toast to thank all the stars, the professional dancers and the crew that creates such a stellar experience with lights, audio and video.

Tickets for Dancing with the Islands’ Stars will go on sale Monday, Dec. 5. Each dancer has a limited number of tickets reserved for their own fundraising.

For more information, or to follow the islands’ dance star activities, visit www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or follow us on Facebook.