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Lighthouse is pleased to present  

11th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars

presented by 

  and Great Heights Charitable Fund

 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 
7pm - 12am
The Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

We hope you will join us for an electrifying evening filled with twists, twirls, and intrigue—all for a good cause.

The star-studded evening, produced by Gail & Rice, includes a silent auction with unique, desirable items and dance music. Local celebrities train with professional dancers, from Arthur Murray Dance Studio, for weeks leading up to one night of intense competition in front of a panel of judges and a sold-out audience.

You won’t be able to stay in your seat as five couples battle for the top prize. 

The evening’s proceeds will directly benefit families and individuals struggling with poverty in our community. In July 2019, South Oakland Shelter and Lighthouse of Oakland County merged to provide a stronger response to poverty. Together, we are working to build communities that end poverty. You can help us accomplish this mission through this important event!   

We look forward to seeing you and your guests for what promises to be an exceptional experience.

Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
7 PM - Midnight

Evening Attire

Meet the Dancers

 

Jennifer Granger
Jennifer Granger is well known for her philanthropic work all across the country. She began this work in New York City, where she joined her first nonprofit, the Junior League. Her passion then led her to join the Pajama program, which provides pajamas and books to children in foster care, and co-create a new nonprofit, Spirit of Hope, which helps provide scholarships to kids in the foster care system. After moving to Sacramento, Jennifer continued to be a force in the nonprofit world; working with Sacramento Children's Home, Make-A-Wish, City Year, Salvation Army, Crocker Museum, and the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center. Her work was honored many times earning her multiple awards in the Sacramento area, including the City Year Ripple of Hope Award and an award from the Broadway Musical Gala. She hasn't slowed down since coming to Detroit in 2017 and Lighthouse is honored to have such an amazing person supporting our mission!


Marina Lagocha and Clive Phillips
Dancing in front of a crowd is nothing new for Dancing With the Detroit Stars participant Marina Lagocha. She started ballroom dancing at age 15 in her hometown of Gorky (now known as Nizhny Novgorod), Russia and regularly performed in competitions and showcases, but she stopped dancing after she moved to the United States at age 34 and only picked it up again four or five years ago. She is now a medical esthetician who works at a medical spa in West Bloomfield called Aesthetic Art skin care. She has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. Marina Lagocha is excited to be dancing in this year’s Dancing with the Detroit Stars event with Clive Phillips, an internationally known dance instructor.



 


Rami Essak
Dr. Rami Essak was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States when he was 5 years old. After attending the University of Detroit Mercy he attended dental school at Temple University where he was taught under some of the most prestigious cosmetic and implant dentists in New York. He then received a dual degree in his residency at the VA of Pittsburgh and the UPMC. After this he decided to come back and serve his home state of Michigan where he primarily focuses on Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. He has two offices located in Farmington and Troy with a third opening in Livonia soon. He is one the premier dentists in Michigan winning the youngest Top Dentists in the country in 2017 and 2018. He loves sports and spends time working out or watching all kinds of sports. He is the oldest of four children and family and serving the community is important to him. 

 

Brooke Miller
Brooke Miller is the founder and Clinical Director of Honey Space for Moms in Ferndale. She founded Honey--a co-working space with onsite childcare and full emotional wellness center for moms-- in 2016 because she was looking for it and couldn’t find it. Raised by entrepreneurs, Brooke combined what she knew with what she needed, made countless mistakes and works tirelessly to actualize her mission and vision. Brooke is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in parental mental health, a speaker and consultant, has appeared as an emotional intelligence expert on radio and TV, including The Ricki Lake Show, and a "trailblazer" according to San Francisco's 411 Magazine. Recently, Brooke and her team at Honey announced a very special partnership with Lighthouse that will help give Lighthouse families access to Honey's life-changing services. Brooke is excited to join this important event and to begin working with Lighthouse's moms-in-need! 

  

Rabbi Rachel Shere
Rachel Shere enjoys serving as a rabbi at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills where she has worked for fifteen years. She loves working at the synagogue in which she grew up and feels particularly passionate about creating spirituality retreats for women. She also looks forward, each year, to the week that Adat Shalom opens its doors to the SOS/Lighthouse clients. She has served on the boards of SOS/Lighthouse as well as Kadima (a Jewish agency that promotes mental health). Her interests include meditation, interfaith conversation, reading, and being in nature. She loves spending time with her husband of 21 years, Dan, their three sons, Eitan, Avi, and Ezra, as well as their awesome dog, Benny, and cat, Manny. While she is comfortable giving sermons in front of a thousand people, dancing in front of anyone is totally outside her comfort zone. That said, the SOS/Lighthouse mission is worth it.  Rabbi Shere chose the songs “Girl On Fire” and “Stronger” because she believes that at the center of every human being is a Divine light and that every day we are blessed to walk the earth, we have the awesome responsibility to share that luminous flame with the world. As a match must be struck against something hard in order to express its light, she believes that life’s challenges can ultimately make us stronger.   

 

Thank you to all of our professional dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio!


 

Meet the Emcees
 

Jason Carr and Taryn Asher

Lighthouse is so excited to have an amazing, Emmy award winning husband and wife duo serving as our emcees for this evening! Jason Carr is a news anchor and host of 'Live in the D' on Local 4 (WDIV) and Taryn Asher anchors Fox 2 News on weeknights at 6:30 p.m. and The Edge at 11:00 p.m. Thank you, Jason and Taryn, for supporting our efforts to fight hunger, homelessness, and poverty in our community.







Meet the Judges