Five local business leaders danced the night away to raise support for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore at the fourth annual “Dancing with Our Monmouth and Ocean County Stars” event on Nov. 15 at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale.
The fundraising event featured a rousing dance competition among the five “stars,” who were paired with professional dancers from local dance studios, and a surprise “flash mob” performance by a Girl Scout Troop from Freehold.
“Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is grateful for the tremendous support that we received for this event. We thank the dancers, studios and judges for their time and commitment and our sponsors and guests for their generosity,” said Eileen Higgins, chief executive officer.
A panel of judges selected Susu Garcia as the grand champion following a spirited salsa dance with her husband, Pedro Fuentes, who stepped in when her dancing partner, Richard Givney Jr. from the Middletown Arts Center, was delayed by inclement weather. Garcia serves as signature program specialist for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
Long-time Girl Scout supporter and alumna Gale Grob, an employee at Ocean Medical Center, was top vote-getter from the public and earned the People’s Choice Award with her dance partner Sean Nepveu from Shore DanceSport, Brick.
Also dancing for the Girl Scouts were: Robert Allison, partner at Hollman, Frenia, Allison, P.C., with Dana Masi and Denise Buchner from Fred Astaire Dance Studio Manaquan; Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder director, and Mary Neil from Shoreline Dance Academy; and, Tom Devoy, co-host of the Thunder 106 morning show “Pork Roll and Eggs” with Anne Marie Creange from Shore DanceSport, Brick.
Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Red Bank choreographed and prepared a group of 12 Girl Scouts for a surprise salsa performance that won a standing ovation.
Judges for the event were: Tom Grosse, Toms River Police Department, and Grand Champion of last year’s event; Jeremy Grunin, Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation; Tom Hayes, New Jersey Natural Gas; and Denise Gaffney, Monmouth Medical Center South Campus Foundation.
Higgins noted proceeds from event will support Girl Scout programs “that build women of courage, confidence and character.”