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It was a spectacular evening!

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The dancers all did a tremendous job!  Here are the awards that were given out by the judges:

And the coveted Fan Favorite was:  Kelly Emmes

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the tenth anniversary of Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars!



Tonight is the night!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Tonight is the big event!  Come watch Brianna Becker, Jonathon Curci, Kelly Emmes, Thad Foret, John Long and Anne Manassero dance for the philanthropic programs for Assistance League of Newport-Mesa.  Our members volunteer in programs that will benefit tomorrow’s stars that include the Cheri Harris Dental Center, Operation School Bell®, the Scholarship program and The Kids on the Block.

The voting on this site has been shut down as we prepare for the event this evening.  If you would like to place your vote or monitor the fan favorite, you can do so voting for your favorite dancer at http://DFTS2018.gesture.com.

Thank you for supporting Assistance League of Newport-Mesa and Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars.

Thank you to the Dancing for Tomorrow’s Star’s Underwriters

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Without underwriters, the show would not go on!  Thank you for the 2018 Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars Underwriters:

Janet L. Curci


Kelly & David Emmes/Pacific Edge Advisors


Mary Lynn Bergman-Rallis and John Rallis


Jane Fujishige


W. Channing & Marie-France Lefebvre Family
R. & J. Lucas Living Trust

Anne Manassero

Patricia McCoy

Kathy & Arne Youngman


Heidi & Barry Aronoff

Diana & Bob Brookes

First American Trust

Jocelyn Ann Gilbert

Leslie & Corey Leyton

Dan Lubeck/Solis Capital Partners

Eileen & Kat Shitanishi


Ann Marie & Roger Alford

Leona Aronoff Sadecca

Linda & Scott Flanders

Toni & John Ginger

Joanne & Dale Johnston

The Renee Jeffrey O’Hern Foundation

Pappas and Bradley Charitable Fund

Marie & Tony Pierotti


Jo Corbett

Jim Harker

Barbara & Wendell Maberry

Charlene Prager

Johanna Roe

Phyllis Sakioka

Catherine & Bob Sloan

Angela & John Stollsteimer

Mary E. Tennyson

Judy Weightman

Penny Weise

The Crowd: ‘Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars’ to raise funds for Assistance League of Newport-Mesa

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On Thursday, March 1, there was an article in the Daily Pilot about the 10th anniversary of Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars.  Read the article here:  http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/tn-dpt-et-the-crowd-20180301-story.html

Pictured from left to right are Assistance League of Newport-Mesa members Catherine Sloan,
Barbara Mellum, Joanne Johnston, Karen Treaccar and Johanna Roe.

#DFTS2018 #doitforthechildren #nonprofitfundraiser

The 2018 Cast Party Recap

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The Original Manassero Farms Market in Irvine was the setting for this year’s Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars Cast Party on February 19th.   The evening honored the six “celebrity dancers” – Brianna Becker, Jonathon Curci, Kelly Emmes, Thad Foret, John Long and Anne Manaserro – along with their professional dancing partners.   Also attending were this year’s Honorary Chair, Heidi Miller, event Emcee Bob Miller, as well as the nonprofit’s board and committee members.  The professional dancers are from Century Dancesport.

Photos for the event were taken by Ann Chatillon. #DFTS2018

Announcing the 2018 Dancer Line-up!

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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.

Jonathon Curci: Newport Beach native, in the local real estate market for the past 20 years he active member of the Luevano Foundation.

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 ForetThad 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!

Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars is Back!

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After a three year hiatus, the wildly popular Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars is back to celebrate their 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the City National Grove of Anaheim.  Our celebrity dancers this year include Brianna Becker, Jonathon Curci, Kelly Emmes, John Long, Anne Manassero and Thad Foret.

Since 1940 Assistance League of Newport-Mesa has served the needs of our community’s children by providing dental and orthodontic care, clothing, scholarships, and more and ethical educational programs.  Last year our programs touched the lives of over 6,000 children and young adults.  With the fundraising proceeds from this event, we hope to enrich even more children than last year.

More details will be available soon.  In the meantime, save the date for this wonderful event!