Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars 2013 – Who’s Cutting a Rug This Year?

The Sickle Cell Disease Association, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Presents the 5th Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars
9 local notables compete to raise sickle cell awareness throughout the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley
-Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:00pm-10:00pm-

PA – February 5, 2013 – Nine Philadelphia notables are lacing up their
dance shoes and throwing on their best top hat (or glittery dress!) for
the fifth year of Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars,
taking place on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 5:00pm-10:00pm at the Crystal
Tea Room, 100 E.Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The event benefits
the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/Delaware
Valley Chapter.

Hosted by NBC10’s Lori Wilson, the 5th Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars
boasts a lineup of fancy-footed media folks, tourism and hospitality
leaders, and leading medical professionals who will compete not only for
bragging rights, but for the opportunity to raise Sickle Cell awareness
throughout the region.

Burning up the floor with everything from the Argentine Tango to the Cha Cha are FOX29 Traffic Reporter Kacie McDonnell; Chris ‘Maxwell’ Jones, host of Q102’s ‘Maxwell House’; Carrie Denny, Editor of Philadelphia Magazine’s Philadelphia Wedding; Yael Lehman, Executive Director of The Food Trust; Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs at the National Constitution Center; Dr. Vera Tolbert, president of AFRICOM and Senior Project Leader at Independence Blue Cross; Dr. Marjoie Dejoie, noted trainer and fitness instructor; Albert Lee, Community and Content Manager at the Independence Visitors Center; and Danielle Cohn, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

participant is partnered with an instructor from Take the Lead Dance
Studio to perform a two-minute dance routine before a panel judges. This
year’s panel includes LaDeva Davis, Director of Dance at the
Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts; and Shawn
Lamere Williams, Artistic Director at Eleone Dance Theatre. The panel
features two ‘celebrity’ judges, who will be announced as the event
draws closer.

The purpose behind Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars
is to assist in raising money to fund Sickle Cell education and
programs, and shine the spotlight on a genetic disease that exists in
staggeringly high numbers in the African American and Hispanic
communities. “Often called the “forgotten disease”, Sickle Cell disease
affects 1 out of every 500 African Americans, and approximately 80,000

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars
successfully raised a little over $75,000. Last year’s lineup featured
Councilwoman Marian Tasco (first place winner); Julie Dorenbos, co-owner
of Skin Palette and wife of Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos; Marisa
Magnatta, associate producer of WMMR’s Preston & Steve Morning Show;
Anastasia Karloutsos, co-owner of Water Works Restaurant; Nina Tinari,
partner at T2 Consultants LLC and former special assistant to Governor
Rendell; Kharisma McIlwaine, CW Philly/CBS3 reporter; Michael Days,
managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Eric Cortes, marketing and
promotions coordinator/producer for Telemundo Philadelphia; and Kevin
Gatto, owner of Verde Salon and lifestyle correspondent for CBS3’s Talk

For up to the minute details, follow us on Twitter @DancePhillyStar.

Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars is a black-tie affair with tickets at $125 – to be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 215.471.8686.

Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars is not possible without the generous support of sponsors.  Presenting Sponsor: Brownstone PR; Official Sponsor: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Partner Sponsors: Take the Lead Dance Studio.

To learn more about Sickle Cell Disease, visit