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Stars lace up their dancing shoes for Easter Seals

Lineup released for the 9th annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars
9th annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars lineup. Front row left to right: Cyndi Ingleton (DWESS Judge), Jan Fregonese, Jennifer Belland, Kaedan Dennie (ES Ambassador), Angela Pepin, Colette Lance, Penny Dick, Toni Calabrese, Melanie Morin. Back row left to right: Bob Leduc, Julie Zulich, Dennis Harasymchuk, Connor Larocque, Louigi Salvati, Bayani Maristela, Tristan Ritchie. Missing: Paul Comacchio, Marissa Arnold, Marc Couinard, Alex Hindmarch, Zoi Monroy. (Supplied).

Easter Seals Sudbury have announced the lineup for their 9th annual event to be held Feb. 22 at the Caruso Club. 

This year's stars represent a wide variety of industries including business owners, bakers, performers and broadcasters.

“The 2019 lineup of ‘Stars’ features an amazing group of community members who are tackling this challenge with incredible enthusiasm,” says Joanne Bowers, development officer for Easter Seals. 

“They are generously donating their time and energy in an effort to improve the lives of children with physical disabilities in our community.” 

The evening begins with a formal cocktail hour including hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting, followed by a plated dinner, musical entertainment and a live Dancing with Easter Seals Stars competition. Special performances include Latin Dance Fusion (Ballroom Dance Studios) and Dance Evolution Competitive Team. 

At the end of the evening, guests will be asked to assist celebrity judges in selecting the winner of the 9th annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars. 

The 2019 participants are as follows:

  • Marissa Arnold – Re/Max Crown Realty Inc.
    • Pro Partner: Bayani Maristela (Jan Fregonese Dance School)
  • Connor Larocque – Social Rise Revenue Marketing Agency
    • Pro Partner: Angela Pepin (Jan Fregonese Dance School)
  • Alex Hindmarch – Rewind 103.9
    • Pro Partner: Zoi Monroy (Zoi Monroy Dance Studio)
  • Melanie Morin – Staff Stat Inc., Chicks with Picks, Scrappy Sisters Photography
    • Pro Partner:  Paul Comacchio (Jan Fregonese Dance School)
  • Julie Zulich – Tesc Contracting Company Ltd.
    • Pro Partner: Dennis Harasymchuk (Ballroom Dance Studios)
  • Jennifer Belland – Edward Jones
    • Pro Partner:  Bob Leduc (Jan Fregonese Dance School)
  • Penny Dick – Capreol Foodland
    • Pro Partner: Marc Chouinard (Jan Fregonese Dance School)
  • Louigi Salvati - Eastlink
    • Pro Partner: Colette Lance (Ballroom Dance Studios)
  • Tristan Ritchie – Lake City Realty
    • Pro Partner: Toni Calabrese (Jan Fregonese Dance School)

Dancing with Easter Seals Stars continues to be a premier fundraiser for the non-profit organization, last year raising over $65,000 for children living with physical disabilities. 

Easter Seals provide support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, offering programs to allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. 

Proceeds from the event help provide funding for essential communication devices, as well as mobility equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, porch lifts and ramps. Easter Seals also provide opportunities for kids to experience a stay at one of their fully accessible summer camps; Camp Woodeden in London or Camp Merrywood near Perth.

Visit for full bios and to vote for your favourite Star! Call 705-566-8858 or e-mail for more information.