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Dancing With the Philadelphia Stars 2011 AND the Winner is…

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Sunday night I headed out to they Hyatt Penns Landing to check out the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars. I was greeted by a sold out, wait list line as the event was an overwhelming success again this year packing in over 350 peeps into the 2nd floor ballroom with the view of the Delaware River.Created by Megan R. Smith, Brownstone PR three years ago, the Dancing with the Stars fun competition has earned thousands of dollars for Sickle Cell Anemia. Zemoria Brandon, administrator/social worker and media relations liaison for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware and Samaria Brandon
I ran into Keeya Bransen Davis, Delaware River Waterfront Corp, Earl Harvey, Black Professional News, and Andrea Robertson, Esq
City Representative Melanie Johnson with dancing instructor Nick. Tuesday Melanie will tell us all who will be the big entertainment for the July 4th celebration.

Kristin Haskin Simms and Autumn Adkins Graves backstage looking at their food cause everyone was a tad nervous

Autumn Adkins Graves

Kristin Haskin Simms

While out front the room was filled with folks dressed to the nines, in the center Warren and Meridel Peterson with Marie Simpkins and Stanley Simpkins ( BS -Executive Director of Sickle Cell Disease of America/Philadelphia Chapter), with their tablemates. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder, characterized primarily by chronic anemia and periodic episodes of pain. SCDAA/PDVC’s mission is to serve as a vehicle and resource center for the psychosocial and social service needs of children, adolescents, adults and families affected by sickle cell disease. SCDAA/PDVC seeks to develop, manage and allocate resources in partnership with hospitals, charitable organizations, community based organizations and social service agencies.
Alexa Krepps, Rebecca Clothey, Lefteris Kritkakis, Ellen Clay and Mary Jo Grdina
Having a ball were Kristyn Aldrich and Jamyra Perry
Snooping through the door I found KYW Radio’s Hadas Kuznits and Shari Williams, Senior Communications Specialist at PA. Public Utility Commission
Robb Reichard, Executive Director of the AIDS Fund. The judges said that they couldn’t tell which of the two was the professional dance cause he was so damn good. And the dips went onas Maria Papadakis gets dipped after her sexy flamingo dance


Sorry for the poor quality, I changed settings and it was better for others.
Do the Hustle is exactly what Kristin Munro, and a cartwheel too. Very impressive old skool

Kristin Munro

Autumn greets her mom

Dan Gross first time up- Sumba

#WINNING Philly Daily News’ Dan Gross. Well he didn’t really win, but his belly dance was a winner and a hoot too. Is the judges tally was based on crowd reaction, then Dan would have won all three years.


Dan Gross there was a tie for third and this was Dan’s second showing. Still a fun look. He’s convinced me I don’t want to do the event but will continue to stay on this side of the camera.

Bottoms up, bottoms up, put your hands up. bloo bloo bloo bloomers. I didn’t even know they sold those hoochie momma’s anymore. Such a hoot, and an awesome executed jive Hadas Kuznits
Christine Hanhausen, Eliana Papadakis, Maria Papadakis, Demetra Panidis, Susan Beard and Jennifer Eckhardt

Rob Richerd Ellen Conaway, Shari Williams Cuthbert, Rachel Seopro, Jessica Milton, Denise Berry, Felisha Harris and Bill Slofer. It’s always fun to run into Felisha cause she always teaches me a thing or two about my Android.
The Chris Gabello Studio: Zander, Chris and Mike. Chris Gabello shot all the promotion shots with the contestants. Here’s one I shot with Chris’ set up of Hadas and him.

Congratulations to Dan and his wife Holly. He may have come in third but this year is going to be memorable and special.

The Dance Competitors – Autumn Adkins Graves, president of Girard College; Dan Gross, gossip columnist for The Daily News; Kristin Haskins Simms, strangefruit designer and contestant on Season 8 of Project Runway; Melanie Johnson, City Representative; Hadas Kuznits, reporter for KYW Newsradio; Lorina Marshall-Blake, VP of Government Relations at Independence Blue Cross; Kristin Munro, editor in chief of Philadelphia STYLE; Maria Papadakis, media contributor and noted philanthropist; Robb Reichard, Executive Director of the AIDS Fund; and Shari Williams, model and wife of Senator Anthony H. Williams.

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Lorina MarshallBlake Vice President of Government Relations for Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia and her dance partner from Society Hill Dance Studios who came in first. Second was Hadas Kuznits, 3rd Dan Gross and 4th Robb Reichard. But everyone was a winner, especially since all your efforts will go to help countless others battling Sickle Cell Disease.

Thanks to this years Sponsors Too!

This year’s event boasts an amazing silent auction featuring luxury items from LAGOS, Distante Clothing, The Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and a wine tasting for 10 with noted wine educator Brian Freedman, along with items from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Brown-Forman, Glaceau/Vitamin Water, Fusion Crosstraining Gym, Rittenhouse 1715, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa & Salon, and Philadelphia International Records. For those interested in getting their bids in early, we will begin posting select items at the top of March!