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Article Published September 13, 2017
Shoreline Stars Take to the Dance Floor
Press release from Gala of the Stars

Once again, Shoreline stars will take to the dance floor for Raise the Roof’s third annual and signature event, Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. Raise the Roof defines “stars” as community leaders passionate about making the world a better place. This group fits that definition exactly and has accepted the invitation to step onto the dance floor to provide a family with the opportunity to own a safe, affordable home. Their dance lessons have begun, and they are already competing with this event’s special fundraising twist. They are dancing to build a Habitat house. Learn more about them and their reasons for dancing at

Raise the Roof’s 2017 stars are:

• Emily Connelly and Steven Kao

• Ginger and Milton Brasher-Cunningham

• Jil Grey and Peter Mohrer

• Andrea Kaye and Matt Meskill

• Cathy and Steve Lynch

• Kippie and Gregory Martin

• Brenda and Gary Naegel

• Danielle and Tom Pettit

• Helen and Marco Rizzo

The stars are learning choreographed ballroom routines during their 10 private lessons provided by Arthur Murray Guilford, Raise the Roof’s Event Partner. The dancing stars will perform on Friday, Nov. 10 at the Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause at The WoodWinds of Branford, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The stars are competing for “votes” (dollars = votes) and their dancing is raising funds for the building of the next Raise the Roof Habitat for Humanity house. The dance couple that receives the most votes will win the grand-prize Shoreline Stars trophy. Online voting has begun and will stay open through the Nov. 10 gala performances. To donate to vote and support these stars, visit

A group of celebrity judges will also present awards for the best performances the night of the event. In addition to the dance performances, gala guests may enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course plated dinner, and time for their own dancing. To purchase tickets, visit and have the honor of seeing and applauding the dancers as they step onto the dance floor to build a home for a deserving family.