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Dance-off to benefit United Way senior companionship program

Shirley McMarlin
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
United Way of Southwestern PA’s Champions of Dance competition is set for Nov. 8 in the Ramada by Wyndham Greensburg Hotel & Conference Center. Shown from left are Terry Cellurale, Carly Noel Boucher and Don Albensi, judges for the 2018 fundraising event.

The United Way of Southwestern PA will host a Champions of Dance competition from 6-11 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Ramada by Wyndham Greensburg Hotel & Conference Center in Hempfield.

The annual event benefits United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior initiative, which matches volunteers with seniors to provide services to help them live independently.

Dance participants, who are each paired with a professional dance partner, include:

• Andrea Bortoluzzi, FirstEnergy Corp.

• Ginny Clara, Clarabella Beauty Bar

• Adam Ferri, Ferri Land Co.

• Claudia Komondor, Jim Shorkey Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

• Maria Lavelle, PHEPLE Federal Credit Union

• Michael Lorenz and Laura Johnson, Irwin Anytime Fitness

• Leslie Schupp, RE/MAX Real Estate

• Jared Squires, Westmoreland County Treasurer

• Mariah Thoma, Sanctus Spa and Salon

The opening performance will feature Aubrey Worek-DeStephen and students of FitnessEnvi. The halftime show will feature Reed Nelson, also known as Nelson Loguasto, of Westmoreland Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Associates.

Event emcees are Trooper Stephen Limani, Pennsylvania State Police public relations officer, and Worek-DeStephen, owner and operator of FitnessEnvi. Judges include Terry Cellurale, owner Bangz Modern Hair salon and The Estates event center, and Kelly Sasso, WTAE news anchor and reporter.

Performances culminate in the crowning of a winner.

A $75 ticket for Champions of Dance including dinner, dessert, coffee/tea, auction, 50/50 raffle and cash bar can be purchased at

“In Westmoreland County alone, United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior coordinates more than 200 volunteers helping our region’s older adults with transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, home safety checks and companionship,” says Melaney Hegyes, Open Your Heart to a Senior site director. “The Champions of Dance event is a fun, philanthropic way to shine a light on the needs of seniors in our community and support this important work.”

Open Your Heart to a Senior provided support to more than 900 seniors across the southwestern Pennsylvania last year. United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania serves Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette and southern Armstrong counties.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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