RUTLAND — On Monday, Aug. 10, Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) officially announced the return of its popular fundraiser, Dancing with the Rutland Stars, for its fifth year. The event will be held on Oct. 10 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland.
This year’s couples include star Rebecca Buonadonna, owner of Fruition Fineries & Raw Honey Apparel and professional Chris Keirnan of Porter Hospital; star Will Gormly, owner of Mountain Cider LLC and professional Kristen Champman McConnell, LMT, NCBTMB Jackson Gore Spa Manager; star Kyle Robillard, firefighter at the Rutland City Fire Department and professional Deana Tommola of Miss Lorraine’s Dance Studio; star Charles Romeo, Rutland City attorney and professional Ilene Blackman, dance instructor; star Bruce Bouchard, executive director of the Paramount Theatre and professional Tracey Tedesco of Fitness Made Fun!; star Stacy Alderman, manager of Alderman’s Toyota and Alderman’s Kia and professional Bill Kelley, owner of Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center; and star Dr. Jas Multani of RRMC and professional Sam Ho of Cobra Gymnastics.
Although technically a dance competition where participants compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy, the organizers and seven participating couples enthusiastically agree that the primary purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for RAVNAH’s children’s programs. Both the Kids on the Move and Pediatric Hi-Tech programs provide physical, occupational and speech services, as well as high-tech nursing care to children in their own homes, where they benefit the most.
Tickets will be on sale at the Paramount Box office or online beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. For information visit www.ravnah.org;