Tickets for the Annual Gala Dance Contest Fundraiser Event, Dancing to a New Beat, On Sale NowApril 13, 2009
Practicing for Dancing to a New Beat are volunteers (L to R) Jessica Conrad, Bob Adams, Maria Roy, Lew Avera, Sheila Joseph and Patricia Schneider.
San Clemente, CA -- March 2009 -- Tickets for the third annual Dancing to a New Beat Dance Competition, a major fundraiser for Saddleback Memorial Medical Center--San Clemente, are now available to the public for the May 16th event. With over half the tickets already pre-sold to the dancers and their supporters, the event is expected to sell out rapidly again this year.
This year, an elevated stage has been added to enhance site lines and ensure that every seat provides a great view of the action.
Styled after TV's "Dancing with the Stars,” this 2009 affair features six local amateur “dancing stars” and their professional partners. They compete to display the best footwork and raise funds for San Clemente's local not-for-profit hospital. The community’s votes--in the form of funds donated--- combined with the professional judges' scores, determine the winners.
Two of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers perform exhibition dances at this year’s fundraiser, which is expected to drive increased demand for tickets. The TV stars’ identities will be kept secret until just before the event.
The black tie gala charity auction, dinner, and dance competition takes place at the Laguna Cliffs’ Marriot, Dana Point, CA. Tickets cost $200 per person, and tables of 10 are available for $2000.
“This event has quickly become one of the biggest draws in the community,” says Steven Forry, Ph.D., Executive Director, Saddleback Memorial Foundation - San Clemente. “Black tie events are rarely this much fun—or this exciting.” Forry explained that despite the high demand, true early birds will have an opportunity to acquire tickets and join in the fun.
Ticket and event information is available online at www.DancingToANewBeat.com. Tickets are reserved by emailing Susan Johnson with requests at email@example.com, or calling her at 949-452-7236.
Last year, the Dance fundraiser event raised $300,000 and netted $200,000 earmarked for cardiac care and emergency services.
“For a fundraiser anywhere to net 66% is amazing in these days of high production costs. It also says worlds about how much area residents care for their local San Clemente Medical Center,” says Forry.
Dancers for 2009 are a CEO, a retired Marine officer, two stay at home moms, two entrepreneurs, and a cosmetics consultant. They are (alphabetically) Bob Adams, Lew Avera, Jessica Conrad, Sheila Joseph, Maria Roy, and Patricia Schneider.
To read their bios, see their photos, watch their videos, visit their blogs, leave them your blog comments, and vote for them through donation by using your credit card or PayPal, visit www.DancingToANewBeat.com.
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