Dancing United with the Starz


Dancing United with the Starz 2018 lights up the night.

The Tioga United Way’s Dancing United with the Starz ’18 was a great success thanks to their generous donors, sponsors, dancers, volunteers and supporters. On Saturday, December 1, 2018, more than 400 guests sparkled and swayed in Tioga Downs’ gorgeous grand ballroom in Nichols, NY. Over-the-top hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed while participating in an exciting balloon pop. Their attention was then brought to the dance floor where Masters of Ceremony, Lew Sauerbrey and Cate Pichany along with Disc Jockey, Mike Neil, kept the audience engaged and grooving.

Tioga United Way Executive Director, Carolyn Palladino, announced that Mr. Jeff Gural would, once again, match half of what was raised for the entire event. This clearly inspired the audience to reach deep down in their pockets and donate even more.

The highlight of the event was watching the 11 competing couples light up the dance floor. The couple who won the Judge’s Choice Mirror Ball Trophy was Sabrina Slater, the Pastor of Christ the King Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Spencer, NY, and Merlin Joseph, Manager of Key Bank in Binghamton, NY who danced a salsa soca and wowed the audience. The couple who took home the People’s Choice Mirror Ball Trophy and raised the most money was Tia Wright with her brother, Arthur Murray Instructor, Harrison Wright, who danced a Mambo with a fun Bollywood beat.

The total amount raised from the event surpassed their goal of $50,000 which will go toward the 34 agencies of the Tioga United Way.

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