From Harford Center for the Arts:
Harford’s “Stars” have been named to participate as dancers in the 3rd Annual “Dancing for the Arts” gala fundraiser. The event will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Residents’ Club at Bulle Rock. The evening will include sumptuous food, open bar, silent auction, and the ballroom dancing petition. The Presenting Sponsor is Harford Mutual.
Harford’s “Stars” include:
*Bill Vanden Eynden- Associate Broker, RKS Realty, Inc.
*Monica A. Worrell-Public Information Specialist, Harford County Sheriff’s Office
*Diane L. Sengstacke- Attorney & President, Home Title Company of MD, Inc.
*Chris Streett- Associate Broker, Garceau Realty, Inc.
*Paige Boyle- Director of Marketing & Customer Relations, Boyle Buick GMC Truck
*Craig A. Ward- President, Frederick Ward Associates, Inc.
*Betty Pearce- Board Member, The Village at Carsins Run
*Dr. Mary Teddy Wray- Laurel Bush Family Dentistry
*Jim Butcher- Artist, Co-Founder Center for the Arts
*Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD, FACS- Chief, Neurosurgery, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
The dancers were asked why they agreed to participate in the event:
“I believe education in the arts is fundamentally important to our children and the vitality of the community.” –Dr. Hugo Benalcazar, MD, FACS
“I think it is going to be a really fun way to raise money for a great cause; bringing our county a Center for the Arts; something we so desperately need!”- Paige Boyle
“There is no doubt that we need a Center for the Arts here in Harford County and it should be a fantastic one. The Center should be a place where citizens can see great performances and exhibits, be part of the arts themselves, and attend classes in various disciplines in the arts. The Center should be an exciting and beautiful place that is of bold design and an area landmark. It can be many things to many people, A Center for the arts!!”- Jim Butcher
“Our county continues to grow rapidly, and I feel such a center would be enjoyed by all of our citizens as well as being a great asset.” – Betty Pearce
“I love the Arts! All kinds of arts! Dancing, singing, theater, symphonies, orchestras, bands, visual arts, multi-media art, shows, dinner theater… We need a place to showcase the wonderful talent we have in Harford County, as well as bringing in fantastic groups from around the nation and world! Only great societies can project their art- and Harford County is a great community deserving such a center.”- Diane L. Sengstacke
”It is very important and essential to promote and grow community and cultural services in Harford County as the County continues to develop and transform into one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in the state.”- Chris Streett
“Because of the value of the arts to our community; they help to promote creativity and critical thinking.” – Bill Vanden Eynden
“The enjoyment of artistic performance is an essential part of a good life and we need and deserve a Center for the Arts here in Harford County.”- Craig A. Ward
“Without the availability of arts and art education in Harford County, our cultural heritage and the magnificence of our community would be vastly diminished. From the young girl taking her first dance class, to the prima ballerina; from the high school band trombonist to the jazz musician; from the student artist’s first project to the recognized work of a renowned artist, our lives are touched and brightened by the sheer presence of these activities and the people involved.”- Monica A. Worrell
“I would like to give back to the people of Harford County. I am very grateful to be a resident of a county that offers so much art, culture, and has been so supportive of me. A new and bigger Center for the Arts is very much needed in this county, and I am blessed to be a contributor to something that will mean so much for the residents of Harford County and beyond.” –Dr. Mary Teddy Wray
The Harford “Stars” will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for awards as “Top Fundraiser” and “Judge’s Choice”. The public can help choose the Top Fundraising Award winner by going on-line to www.CenterForTheArtsHarford.org where you may vote for your favorite dancer by making a donation to the Center for the Arts (1 vote = $1).
Gala attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer during the evening’s competition on October 2. The dancer receiving the most votes will receive the “Top Fundraiser Award”.
Deborah Pro-Marshall, Judge Angela Eaves, Tony Meoli, and Mark Welsh are returning for the third year to judge the dancing competition and award the “Judge’s Choice Award”.
Dancing With Friends, a ballroom dancing studio in Churchville, will once again choreograph the dances and instruct the dancers individually for the competition.
The Honorary Co-Chairs of the event are Harford County Executive David Craig and First Lady of Harford County, Melinda Craig. The emcee is Diane Lyn, Morning Co-Host & Midday Host 101.9 Lite FM. The event is black tie optional and tickets are $185 per person. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Contact Lyndi Richards at (410) 838-2177 or at lyndi@CenterForTheArtsHarford.org
Proceeds raised will help to sustain the Center for the Arts as they move forward to build a regional Center for the Arts in Harford County. The Center for the Arts will include music, dance, visual, traditional & literary arts, theatre, and arts education. In addition, it will have special event/business meeting space, and a heritage museum. The Center for the Arts is a is a 501 (c) ( 3) organization, incorporated in 2005. Currently, their offices are located at Tudor Hall, the historic Booth property. Visit www.CenterForTheArtsHarford.org for more information about the Center for the Arts.
The benefit of performing arts in general is an increased self-awareness, self-esteem, and the ability to channel creativity and energy into a positive and constructive expression. The benefit of dancing is listed above; and you get great exercise!