2018 Gala of Stars

  • Raise the Roof, the Shoreline Habitat connection, has a reputation for taking it to the dance floor to get the building and the party started, and this year we threw our fourth annual Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. Raise the Roof defines stars as community leaders passionate about making the world a better place, and this year’s stars fit the definition perfectly. They accepted the invitation to step onto the dance floor to help provide families with the opportunity to build and own safe, affordable homes. Learn more about our stars and their reasons for dancing by clicking on the links below.

    Introducing Raise the Roof’s 2018 stars:

  • Hannah Lewis and Dylan Richmond
    Pem McNerney and David Bell
    Emily and Rob Nolfo
    Lisa Rollins and Jeffrey Johnson
    Tammy and Chris Stemen
    Kim and Todd Steward
    Gini Vancil and Arthur Wilkins
    Sarah and Todd Vetter
    Malenky Welsh and Schuyler Beeman

  • The stars learned choreographed ballroom routines during ten private lessons provided by Arthur Murray Guilford, Raise the Roof’s Event Partner. The dancing stars performed on November 9 at the Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause at The WoodWinds of Branford. The stars competed for "votes" (dollars = votes) and their dancing raised funds for the building of the next Raise the Roof Habitat for Humanity house.

    A group of celebrity judges presented awards for the best performances the night of the event. Scot Haney of WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News added to the fun as the emcee. Don Epperson Sr., past Raise the Roof board president and longtime Habitat volunteer, was the honorary event chair. Gala guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course plated dinner, and time to strut their own stuff to some great music—old and new!

    Read about the event results here. Event photos here and coverage by Zip06 here.