Orland Township seniors charmed the crowd teaming up with local High School seniors and displaying their smooth moves at the Township’s sixth annual Dancing with the Senior Stars competition and fundraiser October 19 at Georgio’s Banquets in Orland Park.
Thanks to Arthur Murray Dance Centers in Orland Park, each competing couple had up to 10 complimentary dance lessons prior to the big night. When the couples hit the dance floor on Oct. 19, they wowed the audience and judges with one spin after another, and it was obvious the training had paid off.
“This year’s ballroom dancing competition once again thrilled everyone in attendance,” said Supervisor Paul O’Grady. “The new format bridged generations and all the performers were so spectacular, it was hard to just pick one winning couple.”
But like any competition, a winning couple had to be chosen. So after the votes were tallied and the scores tabulated, it was announced that Orland Park resident Laura Alberts, and Carl Sandburg senior Joe Boyce were the 2017 winners of the glamorous mirror ball trophy. Joe and Laura are neighbors who live five doors away from one another.
Special congratulations also go out to Sydney Fugett and her dance partner Art Morgan, Athena Okrie and Rick Wagner, Katie Kowalowski and John Simon.
“Dancing with the Senior Stars is always a great night of entertainment,” Supervisor O’Grady said. “It was truly wonderful seeing so many people in the audience supporting our local seniors and local High School seniors.”
Dancing with the Senior Stars benefits the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation, as do many of the Township’s other large, annual events. In 2017, the Scholarship Foundation awarded a total of $16,500 to 22 outstanding high school seniors for their academic achievement and community service.
On behalf of Orland Township, thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Dancing with the Senior Stars. You are all stars in our eyes, and we hope to see you again next year!