This years Dancing with the Norwood Stars [DWTNS] is sure to bring some fierce dancing competition.
Presented by the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation and Norwood Bank, will take place on April 6 at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood.
The mission of the foundation is to "provide assistance to Norwood residents who are in need due to a catastrophic medical occurrence. Foundation board members represent the entire community with individuals from the police and fire departments, town government, the school system, medical, social services and the business community."
The 2018 dancers are Alex Brown, Jeff Mulroy, MaryAnn Gaetani, Ricky McGowen, Erin Joyce, and Brad Thornton. Starting this week, the Norwood Transcript will profile the DWTNS participants.
This Norwood resident is very proud to be raising his family in this great town.
"I was nominated by Caroline Riccardi, a member of the COH Committee and mother of a friend of mine from the Norwood schools," explained Mulroy. "I’ve been training once a week and it has been nothing short of a blast, I’m no stranger to the dance floor however, I’ve had no formal dance lessons prior to this. Learning how to count steps is no joke."
Mulroy is very dedicated to fundraising, pledging the money he raises to Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation, established in 1998 in memory of Michelle Kennedy, who suffered and past from leukemia.
"During Michelle’s battle, the entire Norwood community joined together to support her," said Mulroy. "It is in that spirit the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation continues."
Joyce is looking forward to this event, since she has had friends that have done it in the past.
"It looks fun, and it is also Norwood giving back to Norwood, which is great," stated Joyce.
Joyce has been preparing for Dancing with the Norwood Stars by taking classes each week with a professional dancer. To fundraise, Joyce participated in football squares during the superbowl and has been selling calendars with daily prizes. She also has a GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/erin-joyce-circle-of-hope
Dancing may run in McGowen’s genes, since his own father won Dancing with the Norwood Stars in 2012.
"I decided to participate since this is a great fundraiser for the town, and I wanted to contribute," explained McGowen.
To practice, he has been going to a dance studio once a week, and even practices on his own.
"I have never done dance lessons before," he admitted. To fundraise, he participated in football squares during the superbowl, and has planned fundraising events.