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Bridge House/Grace House danced for funds.

Else Pedersen and Michelle Gaienne

Photographed By Karl Kratzberg

In a fun rendition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Bridge House/Grace House hosted its fourth annual “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars” on Saturday, November 2, at Generations Hall.

One of Bridge House/Grace House’s many annual fundraisers, “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars” raised money for the organization’s extensive substance abuse treatment programs. The contestants weren’t the only stars in the hall that night – local celebrities also joined the panel of judges, including Denise Gerarve of the Pussyfooters, Kenny Lopez, Chet Pourciau and John Young Jr.

Featuring seven local amateur dancers, the winner of the contest was the dancer that raised the most funds for Bridge House/Grace House, though the judges awarded several prizes in other categories, such as “best performance,” “best routine” and “best costume.”

Chaired by Jeralyn Wheeler, the event received donations by over 30 restaurants including Milk Fish, Cochon Butcher and the Court of Two Sisters. WGNO-TV’s Anne Cutler and Jon Huffman emceed.

Jacqueline Delery won first place, with Nell Nolan and Tracy Stewart in second and third places, respectively. The judges awarded Preston Meche with “best performance,” and the crowd gave “best performance” to Anil Paramesh. The two other outstanding performers were Buddy Ganier and Sharonda Williams.


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:  “Rockin’ with the NOLA Stars IV,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Where: Generations Hall

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