Charity ball to benefit breast cancer

March 3, 2008 7:28:30 AM PST
Arthur Murray Studios Chicago announced the initial list of celebrities scheduled to perform at the Third Annual Dancing With Chicago Celebrities, a charity ball to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The event will take place on March 7th 2008, in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and feature a "Celebrity Dance-Off" pairing local personalities with professional dance instructors. The program for the evening will also feature professional dance demonstrations with world-class dancers, general dancing, dessert, and the chance to be part of the ballroom dancing phenomenon right here in Chicago.

"Once again, we are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of all the Chicago area media stars who have agreed to dance at our event!" said Jill DeMarlo, event founder and Arthur Murray Dance Centers Chicago franchisee. "I am pleased to announce that the following celebrities are scheduled to compete in the celebrity dance-off on March 7th":

  • Dina Bair, WGN TV
  • Roz Varon, ABC-7
  • Vince Gerasol, CBS - 2
  • Ginger Zee, NBC - 5
  • Scott MacKay, Oldies 94.7 radio
  • Lisa Aprati, CNN/Comcast
  • For the third year in a row, Chicago celebrities and many of the celebrities who have participated in previous years will be attending the event. Rick Bayless came back in a command performance. This year, Mike Adamle, a competitor in 2007 will serve as emcee of the event. This year the proceeds will be donated to two organizations working hard in the fight against breast cancer: A Silver Lining Foundation and the Chicagoland affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure."

    "These two organizations do amazing work and provide tremendous support for so many people in the Chicagoland area," said Jane Melvin, who will chair the event again this year. "We are humbled by the incredible efforts of both A Silver Lining and Komen For The Cure and we are inspired to do what we can to help."

    The 2008 event will once again feature head judge Nick Kosovich, most recently seen on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." In addition, celebrities from past years, including NBA superstar Kendall Gill and local television personality and 2007 winner Dan Ponce are scheduled to return for special alumni performances.

    For tickets or other information about "Dancing with Chicago Celebrities," visit or contact Arthur Murray Studios in Chicago at 312-644-7554.

    About Dancing With Chicago Celebrities: Founded in 2006, Dancing With Chicago Celebrities pairs professional dancers with local celebrities who perform their dance at a spectacular evening of ballroom fun. Arthur Murray provides the professional coaches and teachers and celebrities donate their time to train and prepare for the event. All the net proceeds of the event are donated to specified organizations working hard in the fight against breast cancer in ways that help the Chicagoland community. For more information, visit the event website at

    About Arthur Murray: The patented Arthur Murray system combines private lessons, group classes and practice sessions to develop the most well-rounded dancer in the shortest amount of time. Arthur Murray started teaching people to dance in 1912. He opened the first dance studio in 1923; there are now over 200 studios throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel, Italy and Germany. The Arthur Murray Dance Studios are individually owned and franchised. With 40 years of history in Chicagoland the local studios have been awarded 2002 - 2006 Studio of the Year, Top Instructor and Executive Awards, and its accomplished instructors compete nationally. For more information, visit our website at or call us at 312-644-7554.

    About A Silver Lining Foundation: Since its launch in 2002, A Silver Lining Foundation has provided more than 400,000 people with information concerning cancer resources, treatment options and support services. Through its programs, services and personal support, A Silver Lining Foundation strives to ensure access and treatment options for medically underserved people affected by cancer. Since 2002, the foundation has made positive strides in its quest to let no one fall through the cracks. Founded by Dr. Sandy Goldberg, a breast cancer survivor, the Foundation continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of women of any means in the Chicagoland area.

    About the Susan G. Komen for the Cure: For more than 20 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has been a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world.

    Dancing With Chicago Celebrities
    Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Crystal Ballroom
    Friday, March 7

    For tickets call Arthur Murray Studios at 312-644-7554.