On February 6th, 2017, the Just for Kids Foundation hosted its 11th annual Dancing with the Stars gala. This fantastic event took place at Le Windsor Ballrooms, where nine different dances were performed in group and individual categories. The evening started with an elaborate cocktail dînatoire and carried over to the dance floor where the stars showcased their perfected routines. This year’s theme “Upside Down” transported guests into a memorable wonderland full of surprises, inviting the audience to free their imagination and expect the unexpected.
Distinguished judges included Meryem Pearson (World Championship Ballroom dancing judge), Pierre Allaire (12 time Canadian Ballroom Champion and co-founder of Studio 2720), and Sal Parasuco (Founder of fashion company Parasuco). The event was co-hosted by DWTS co-chair and owner of Juste Danse Studio, Allyson Kassie-Goldberg and Rythme FM 105.7 radio host, Francis Gilbert
Benjamin Proulx was named the winner of the Mirror Ball trophy. Along with his dance partner Jessie Mineau, they performed a Bollywood Samba routine. Our top fundraiser was Dr. Albert Cohen, with an amazing $39,215!
The competition featured five individual dancers from the Montreal community, paired with dance professionals, two group teams, a Rising Star Trio and a children’s troupe from the Juste Danse Studio.
The event raised over $445,000 with proceeds from the evening benefiting JFK’s A Breath for Life campaign, to purchase high priority medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Respiratory Medicine department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Our success was made possible with the support of our talented dancers, generous sponsors, dedicated committee, fantastic volunteers and enthusiastic audience. A big THANK YOU from JFK and the young patients at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Event Chairs: Arabella Decker and Allyson Kassie-Goldberg
To get involved, please contact reception@JFKfoundation.ca or call 514.989.7673