Announcing the 2018 dancer line-up for the 10th-anniversary celebration of Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars:
Brianna Becker: As an investment banker, Brianna has advised on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions in the public and private markets. An avid philanthropist, she has enthusiastically served in executive positions and on boards of various non-profit organizations.
Kelly Emmes: She has a background in musical theatre and has been performing in the Choc Follies for over ten years. “Being able to combine my passion for performing and giving back to the community is great …” March 2015, CHOC Follies
Thad Foret: Thad Foret was born in London. He grew up throughout Europe, with his family living in Germany, Belgium, and Holland. He and his family landed in New Orleans, after which he moved to Southern California nearly 35 years ago.
Thad went on to earn a degree in Business, with a minor in Marketing, from Long Beach University. Though his career in the restaurant industry began at TGIFridays, he quickly moved into the fine dining category when he joined Antonello Ristorante in Orange County. He spent the next 24 years there, starting as Banquet Coordinator before working his way up to General Manager and then Managing Partner.
In 2013, he teamed up with JC Clow, Founding Partner of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, to acquire the space that was once home to Villa Nova Restaurant in Newport Beach. The location became The Winery’s second location, a new home where Thad is General Manager and Partner.
Over the past five years, Thad has been blessed to be able to share his passion for wine on a daily basis and surround himself with individuals who enjoy the same passion.
John Long: John is the founder of a portfolio of manufacturing companies in Asia. He has four children and two of his daughters are previous Assistance League of Newport-Mesa debutantes, following their mother and grandmother (a retired, previous chapter member for over 40 years.)
John’s current passion is diving and water sports in Central America. He owns and operates a marine biological research island for college students and resort guests called Wee Wee Caye located in Belize.
Anne Manassero: Anne is Co-Owner of The Original Manassero Farms with her husband, Dan. She is the creative arm of the business handling the marketing, decorating, buying and all events while Dan takes care of all farming. Together they have created one of Orange County's most unique family farming legacy and special events venue. In her previous life, Anne was a professional singer. Most recently she was a Pilates teacher trainer for Equinox and yoga instructor. She is now happy wife, mom and Lolly to grandson, Jack.
Remember to save the date for Saturday, March 17, 2018!