In 11 days, nine Philadelphia notables will lace up their dancing shoes and throw on a fedora (or two) for the Fourth Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars, benefiting the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, this event will take place on, Sunday, April 22, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, at the Crystal Tea Room, 100 Penn Square East, 9th floor.
Burning up the floor with everything from the Paso Doble to the Foxtrot are Councilwoman Marian Tasco; Julie Dorenbos, co-owner of Skin Palette and wife of Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos; Marisa Magnatta, associate producer of 93.3WMMR’s Preston & Steve Morning Show; Anastasia Karloutsos, co-owner of the Water Works Restaurant; Nina Tinari, partner at T2 Consultants LLC and former special assistant to Gov. Ed Rendell; Kharisma McIlwaine, CW Philly/CBS3 reporter; Michael Days, managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer; Eric Cortes, marketing and promotions coordinator/producer for Telemundo Philadelphia; and Kevin Gatto, owner of Verde Salon.
The purpose behind Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars is to assist in raising money to fund Sickle Cell education and programs, and shine the spotlight on a genetic disease that exists in staggeringly high numbers in the African American and Hispanic communities.
Often called the “forgotten disease”, Sickle Cell disease affects 1 out of every 500 African Americans, and approximately 80,000 individuals. One out of every 10-12 African Americans are carriers of the Sickle Cell trait, and approximately 2.5 million Americans.