Seeing Stars at the 5th Annual Gala!

Dancing with Mississauga Stars is our cornerstone event, and the 2017 Gala was a great success!  On November 3rd, our Stars took to the dance floor at the Mississauga Convention Centre after months of preparation for the big night.  This year we celebrated our 5th Annual Dancing With Mississauga Stars, and we did so with all the glitz and glamour that the event is known for as we were treated to excellence in ballroom dance competition.

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The 2017 Stars are Donna Brookes, broker with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Greg Gilmour, owner of Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Bill Guest, President of CCR Solutions, and Michael Morra of Michael’s Back Door Restaurant in Clarkson.  Thanks go to these 4 community leaders who enthusiastically agreed to accept the challenge of the ballroom dance competition, as well as raise important funds for the Community Foundation of Mississauga.  Monies raised help the Community Foundation in its work building a vital, dynamic, successful community.    We are deeply grateful to our Stars for making this another successful Dancing with Mississauga Stars Gala.

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These Stars began training for the event many months ago with the Mississauga and Oakville locations of Arthur Murray Dance Studio.  Not only did they agree to train as ballroom dancers, they did it knowing the demands that the training might bring.  Over time, they became experts on the dance floor, and they also accepted the challenge of reaching out to their personal networks to raise funds for this event.  This commitment to the Community Foundation and to our cornerstone event is nothing short of remarkable. 

The competition saw a variety of dances.  The performances began with Bill and his instructor Rachel performing a lively West Coast Swing, followed by Greg and his instructor Pei Pei tearing up the dance floor with a Foxtrot and Swing  combination.  We were then treated to a lovely Argentine Tango courtesy of Donna and her instructor Ole. And finally, Michael and his instructor Kaitland had the house on its feet when they performed a Salsa, Foxtrot and Swing medley to the appropriate tune “Save the last dance for me”. 

There were so many people who contributed to the success of the 2017 Dancing With Mississauga Stars, including our volunteer organizing committee, whose hard work paid off with another incredible event.  Thanks also to Amy Tjen and Barry Tjen from Photo Depot for recording the night’s excitement.  We also thank our 2017 Corporate Partners.  And we are  grateful for the support we received from: Arthur Murray Dance Studios for the professional dance instruction, the Mississauga Convention Centre, where the food and venue were just extraordinary, and AV Canada, for their returning support with the evening’s audio visual production.

Returning emcees Marivel Taruc and Francis D’Souza made sure that the evening was fun and fast-paced.  This year’s judges were Dancing With Mississauga Stars alum Maggie Bras, Jake Dheer of OMNI Television at Rogers Media Inc., and Lisa MacLaggan of Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Studios.   They dished out high scores and compliments, and cheering sections were in evidence when each dancer took to the floor!

With a combination of pledges received, audience and judges votes, this year’s Mirror Ball trophy was awarded to Greg Gilmour.  Congratulations to Greg, and thank you for your commitment to Dancing with Mississauga Stars!

Our final thanks go to Donna, Bill, Greg and Michael.  This event was simply not possible without you.  We are grateful to you for sharing your time, talent and treasure to support Dancing With Mississauga Stars, and ultimately, the community of Mississauga.