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Petzel: St. Gerald Parish hosts its annual ‘Dancing’ fundraiser

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! St. Gerald Parish, 9310 S. 55th Court, Oak Lawn, is again hosting its “Dancing With The St. Gerald Stars 2014” dinner-dance on Feb. 22.

This year’s event to benefit St. Gerald School will be held at Gaelic Park, 6119 147th St., Oak Forest, starting at 6:30 p.m. Seven couples, all parishioners, will compete against each other in a dance competition.

Each couple represents different organizations within the parish. The dancers and the organization they represent are Jen and Tom McAcy, faculty; Kelly and Jason Hilger, St. Gerald Athletic Club; Annamarie and Michael Blaha, music ministry; Stephanie and Jim Peltzer, St. Gerald Parish; Toni and Jason Ostrowski, St. Gerald School advisory board; Jean and Mike Riordan, St. Gerald Mother’s Club; and Roseann and Jim Spoto, St. Gerald Holy Name Society.

Debbie Janicke, the parish’s development director, said “we received enthusiastic support from each of the organizations. The couples have been practicing on their dances since early October. They’re all very serious and very committed. They rehearse in a room at the school and in the new gym, and I think they’re even rehearsing on their own.”

The couples have been getting dance lessons from two choreographers, Staci Cousert and Tom Fagan, to perfect their moves. Each couple has selected their music and the dance routine they will perform. DJ Mike and Mama G will be providing the dance music. The winning couple will be selected by the audience from ballots.

Presentation will also be a critical element in the dance competition, so each couple will select their costumes based on their music and dance selections. Contestants’ make-up and hairstyling will be provided courtesy of New Day Spa, 4720 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn.

“Laurie Harrington, one of the owners of New Day Spa, was in our first Dancing With The St. Gerald Stars event (2012), and they think it’s wonderful and are happy to be part of it,” Janicke said.

She said the parish hopes to sell 300 tickets to the Feb. 22 fundraiser, after selling nearly that many last year.

The annual dinner-dance features dinner, an open bar and a silent auction. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased by contacting Janicke at 708-422-2194 or via email at development@stgerald.com.

Here are this week’s celebrity birthdays. Happy 4th birthday to Jackson Patterson. Neo Martin’s family wishes him a happy 8th birthday. Happy 9th birthday to Julia LeCompte from her parents, brother Jack and Grandma and Grandpa LeCompte. Julia’s dad, Joe LeCompte, is also celebrating his birthday. Sterling Sawicki is celebrating his 10th birthday. Happy birthday to Abigail Harris, who’s turning 12, from her parents and Paul, Emily, Kate, Hanna, Charlie and Cinnamon.

Happy 12th birthday to Olivia Pasinski, from her parents, Kim and Bernie, and grandparents, Audrey and Joe Nowak. Happy 13th birthday to Anthony McFee from his great aunt Antoinette Cataldo. Happy 13th birthday to Zach Zobak from his parents, Tom and Karen, and brother Max. Happy 14th birthday to Danny Smith from his grandma and grandpa Wills. Mary and Dan Gallagher wish their son, Kevin, a happy 15th birthday.

Also a happy birthday to Kevin Biondic, who’s turning 18, from his parents, Mary and Matt, and Sean, Barry, Ryan, Fiona and family. Nolan Person’s family wishes him a happy 20th birthday. Happy 21st to Brittany Raddatz from her mom, Julie. And a happy 21st to Nicole Magawa from her parents, Mike and Chewy. Rita and Ken Bringe send happy 20th birthday wishes to their daughter, Katie; their son, Kenji, who’s turning 24; and to Tohru Kobayashi who’s turning 29.

Rita Bringe is also celebrating her birthday. Kerry McInerney’s family wishes him a happy 24th birthday. Happy 28th to Martin Polak from his parents. Bob Galassi’s family wishes him a happy 35th birthday. A happy 36th to Jennifer Lopez from her parents Lisa and Jose, Monica and Bo. Happy birthday to Terry Simon from Jim, Wendy and Misty. Betty Kastros’ family sends her birthday wishes.

Kathy Gornik’s family wishes her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to Katie Siple from her son, Mark, Sharon and grandson Zachary. Birthday wishes go out to Cheryn Swallow from her family. Mary Dolan’s family sends her their love as she celebrates her 100th birthday.

And very special wedding anniversary wishes go out to Russel and Clare Markle on their 69th anniversary.

Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special “stuff” going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544.

Until next time ...



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