2021 Gala of Stars

  • Raise the Roof is thrilled to introduce the dazzling constellation of local stars who will dance to build in the seventh annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. We define stars as community leaders passionate about making the world a better place. This year’s stars accepted the invitation to take to the dance floor for the fun and goodness of gathering funds and friends to help families build homes. Raise the Roof, Arthur Murray Guilford, and the dancing community leaders are creating a must-watch, must-celebrate, online event for Friday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. No need to purchase a ticket. Everyone is invited to watch, cheer, and “vote” for one, some, or all the dance couples. Gather friends and family to watch, celebrate, and vote! Join the celebration on November 12 to honor families that build their own homes, the volunteers who work alongside to help, those who share to make building possible, and this year’s stars who said ‘yes’ to the dance!

    Introducing Raise the Roof’s 2021 stars:

  • The stars are learning choreographed ballroom routines during ten private lessons provided by Arthur Murray Guilford, Raise the Roof’s Event Partner. Plan your watch parties for the November 12 online event with dancing stars, judges and awards for best dance performances, and the culminating announcement of the 2021 Shoreline Stars as voted on by the public. The stars are competing for “votes” (dollars = votes) and their dancing is raising funds for future Raise the Roof sponsored Habitat houses, helping families build and own homes. The dance couple that receives the most “votes” will win the grand-prize Shoreline Stars trophy! The voting has begun and will remain open through the November 12 presentation of the dancers’ performances. Donate to vote and support the stars here. The link to watch the event will be shared on our home page at RaisetheRoofCT.org on November 12. Order Gala of Stars carryout meals from The WoodWinds including hors d’oeuvres, salad, entrée and dessert.

  • Click on photos to learn more about each couple and “vote.”
  • Laurie and Jim Dray (left); Jilian Grey and Ed Pellegrino (right)

  • Eliza Hayes and Mike Voytovich (left); Kelly Jones and Ted Jones (right)

  • Lindalea Ludwick and Christopher McFadden (left); Riley Manning and Elijah Manning (right)

  • Vanessa Fleming Redd and Dan Armin (left); Mary and Tom Stryker (right)

  • Audrey Ulrich and Jack Smith (left); Judi and Jeff Wallace (right)