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Join us on sample date
Lighthouse is pleased to present
11th annual Dancing with the Detroit Stars
and Great Heights Charitable Fund
Thank you for joining for an electrifying evening filled with twists, twirls, and intrigue—all for a good cause. We hope to see you in 2020!
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.
Congratulations to Brooke Miller for winning the competition and Rabbi Rachel Shere for taking home the award for Top Fundraiser.
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!
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
7 PM - Midnight
Meet the Dancers
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.
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 - 1st Place
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 - Top Fundraiser
Meet the Emcees
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.
Jason Carr and Taryn AsherLighthouse 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
Thank you to all of our professional dancers from Arthur Murray Dance Studio!
Meghan Von Zur Muehlen - Dancing with Rami Essak
Meghan has been dancing most of her life - a pleasant balance of jazz, dance team, belly dancing, and ballroom. For Meghan, dancing is magical and heals us in so many ways. When we dance we reach a sense of catharsis which carries out from the dance floor to every day life. Dance is the celebration of the rhythm of life and I’m just here to celebrate with anyone who wants to join me.
Arden Sarver - Dancing with Brooke Miller
Arden was born in Orlando Florida and played rugby in college. Now living happily with her cat Amelia, she has been working at the Arthur Murray Royal Oak dance studio for the past five years and competes professionally in the Smooth category. Brilliant with people of all walks, Arden has successfully climbed the management ladder at the studio and currently specializes in facilitating the new student experience.
Jeremiah Childers - Dancing with Rachel Shere
Jeremiah is a certified instructor that has danced most of his life. He’s been teaching ballroom for over 13 years between Michigan and Indiana. Jeremiah works at the Arthur Murray in Royal Oak’s beautiful, state of the art location on Woodward. He has a background in ballet, jazz and hip-hop, and has taught dancers of all levels as well as competed with students and professionals around the United States. His true passion is spending his spare time with his wife and two kids. Being a dad transcends all!
Jessica Devries - Dancing with Rachel Shere
Jess has been teaching for 13 years all around the country and with her professional dance partner Nick has several 1st place awards under their belts. Her true passion is teaching and guiding her students to be the best dancers they can be. Fun Fact! She was raised in the Philippines!
Chris Barr - Dancing with Jennifer Granger
Chris started dancing at the age of 8. He’s taught and performed with many studios throughout the state of Michigan. Chris started teaching for Arthur Murray in 2010 and is now Dance Director of Arthur Murray Royal Oak and has danced competitively all over the world.