Smile Forever Fundraiser in New Jersey

Fred Astaire Dance professionals and their students will perform at a fundraiser for the Smile Forever Foundation on Oct 29, 2008 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. The Smile Forever Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity that provides financial assistance to families experiencing disabling illnesses, especially cancer and autism, by contributing to living expenses. Since the Foundation is staffed by volunteers, 100% of the net proceeds are dispersed directly to those in need.

The Foundation was established by Pat Gonnelli as a tribute to his wife Barbara, who battled cancer for many years. She was a woman whose demeanor always made people smile, hence the name, Smile Forever, (not to be confused with Operation Smile).

The event will start at 6:30 and end at 11:00. The show will include Pro/Am show case dancing and performances by seven world famous professionals, three of which have performed on the TV show "Dancing With the Stars." From 10-11:00, there will be open dancing for the attendees. In addition, there will be nostalgic entertainment by two impersonators, i.e. Elvis and Frank Sinatra. As with most fundraisers, there will be live auction items to buy, silent action items, and a 50/50 raffle. The tickets range from $125.00 to $175.00, depending how close you are to the dance floor. Tickets can be obtained by calling or emailing the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at 201-664-0800 or respectively. Or, calling or emailing Jerry Roland at 201-670-9325 or respectively.

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