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Look Who’s Dancing Pathways Benefit Raises $89,000 for Homeless

The Fullerton College Campus Theatre, on Thursday, February 7 showcased nine prominent people of Orange County competing in a dance competition to raise funds to end hunger and homelessness. The fundraiser, Look Who’s Dancing, was hosted by Pathways of Hope, a local nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding lives of the hungry and homeless in North Orange County.

Pathways of Hope raised $89,000 to end hunger and homelessness at this year’s event, more than ever before in the five years the agency has held this fundraiser.

The nine dancers all hailed from a diverse array of backgrounds, and all donated their time and talents to support this fundraiser.

The show featured Diana Drake, a local performer, as Emcee. The dancers were critiqued onstage by three Judges: William Lett, Tracy Hanson, and Mark Lee.

  • The Dance Championship went to Jeanette Reese, a local author who danced a swing medley. She raised over $30,000 in support of Pathways and also took home the Money, Money, Money award.
  • The People’s Choice Award went to dancer Kristin Wilson, who works at Prosource in Placentia. She danced a Latin medley at the show and raised over $10,000 in support of Pathways.
  • Debra Pember, Vice Chair of Pathways of Hope’s Board of Directors works in the building industry and raised over $12,000 dancing a foxtrot.
  • Ray Fernandez is a realtor in North Orange County. He danced a mix of the hustle and old school and raised over $10,000 in support of Pathways.
  • Pam Keller is an educator and community leader in Fullerton. She performed a mashup of dances to a medley of ‘80s hits and raised over $10,000 in support of Pathways.
  • Rabbi Nico Socolovsky is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah. He danced a salsa and raised over $8,000 in support of Pathways.
  • Kim Barlow is a partner at the law firm Jones & Mayer. She danced a cha-cha at this year’s show and raised almost $5,000 in support of Pathways.
  • DiAnna Tait works for Yasamin Farhad, a local L.M.F.T. who partners with Pathways of Hope. When DiAnna was a child, she and her family escaped homelessness at Pathways’ New Vista shelter. Diana danced a Viennese Waltz to raise funds in support of Pathways at this year’s show.
  • Rick Mendez is the owner of Caliber Flooring Solutions and danced a Latin medley at this year’s show in support of Pathways of Hope.

To learn more about Pathways of Hope’s mission to rebuild lives of the hungry and homeless, visit their website at www.pohoc.org, or contact their main office by calling (714) 680-3691 or emailing info@pohoc.org.

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