For Immediate Release: Let’s Dance! The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents: “Dancing With Our Stars” Gala Fundraiser on April 2nd, 2016

Escondido, California — :

ESCONDIDO, Calif. – An all-star lineup of prominent community and business leaders will slip on their dancing shoes and compete as part of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s “Dancing With Our Stars” Gala Fundraiser on Saturday April 2, 2016. Gala proceeds will benefit the Center’s education and community outreach programs, which serve over 75,000 people each year.

Community stars will include former Escondido Mayor Lori Holt-Pfeiler and current Escondido Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco. Stars are paired with local and regional dance studio instructors from PGK Dance Project, Tierra Caliente Academy and Performing Arts Workshop, Encinitas. Dance couples will compete in the Center’s 1,500-seat concert hall, emulating the format of the popular reality show, Dancing with the Stars.

Comedian Dallas McLaughlin, who has performed with Louis CK and Norm McDonald, among others, will serve as the gala’s emcee.  An award-winning playwright and director, Dallas currently hosts KPBS’s Film Indiego.


Early-bird VIP tickets can be purchased for $175, and include premium seating, a VIP dinner reception with hosted beer and wine and early bidding for premium silent auction items.

General admission tickets, which range in price from $27-$55, can be purchased online at


This event is generously sponsored by BMW/Mini of Escondido, Standard Pacific Homes, and Newland Sierra (Darren please confirm this is listed properly). Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information is available at or by calling 760.839.4124.


Allison Andrews, Founder and Director, Fashion Week San Diego

Jeanelle Brecht, Vice President, BMW/Mini of Escondido

Frank Foster, Co-Founder, A Step Beyond

Lori Holt-Pfieler, President and CEO, San Diego Habitat for Humanity

Dana Moen, Principal, Classical Academy High School

Mike Morasco, Deputy Mayor, City of Escondido

Trish Sanderson, Community Director,

Kevin Svetich, Owner, CLU Insurance & Investments

Jim Weise, Executive Director, Escondido Community Child Development Centers




About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


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