An all-star lineup of prominent community and business leaders will slip on their dancing shoes and compete as part of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s “Dancing With Our Stars” Gala Fundraiser on Saturday April 2. Gala proceeds will benefit the Center’s education and community outreach programs, which serve over 75,000 people each year.
Community stars will include former Escondido Mayor Lori Holt- Pfeiler and current Escondido Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco. Stars are paired with local and regional dance studio instructors from PGK Dance Project, Tierra Caliente Academy and Performing Arts Workshop, Encinitas. Dance couples will compete in the Center’s 1,500-seat concert hall, emulating the format of the popular reality show, Dancing with the Stars.
Comedian Dallas McLaughlin, who has performed with Louis CK and Norm McDonald, among others, will serve as the gala’s emcee. An award-winning playwright and director, Dallas currently hosts KPBS’s Film Indiego.
Early-bird VIP tickets can be purchased for $175, and include premium seating, a VIP dinner reception with hosted beer and wine and early bidding for premium silent auction items.
General admission tickets, which range in price from $27-$55, can be purchased online at www.artcenter.org/event/dancing-with-our-stars/.
This event is sponsored by BMW/ Mini of Escondido, Standard Pacific Homes, and Newland Communities. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information is available at www.artcenter.org/event/ dancing-with-our-stars/ or by calling 760-839-4124.
Allison Andrews, Founder and Director, Fashion Week San Diego
Jeanelle Brecht, Vice President, BMW/Mini of Escondido
Frank Foster, Co-Founder, A Step Beyond
Lori Holt-Pfieler, President and CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity
Dana Moen, Principal, Classical Academy High School
Mike Morasco, Deputy Mayor, City of Escondido
Trish Sanderson, Community Director, Yelp.com
Kevin Svetich, Owner, CLU Insurance & Investments
Jim Weise, Executive Director, Escondido Community Child Development Centers
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988- 4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit www.artcenter.org.