For Immediate Release: Ten Prominent Community and Business Leaders Compete in our 5th Annual Dancing with our Stars Fundraiser Event!

Escondido, California — :

Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour as ten prominent community and business leaders tango, salsa, samba, cha-cha, and waltz their way across the dance floor to compete in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 5th Annual Dancing with our Stars fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

Community and business stars include Fox 5 Morning News Anchor, Shally Zomorodi; Vice President, Philanthropy & Chief Philanthropy Officer for Palomar Health, Wayne Herron; Retired Sergeant Major, Brian Fogarty; Managing Partner of RG Alliance Group, Ryan Saathoff; VP of Business Development and Sales for Printer Repair Depot, Joe Coyle; Executive Director for ECOLIFE Conservation, Anne Middleton; Owner of Koffie, Briana Chiddick; Sandra de Uijl of Continuity Products, LLC; Darren Pudgil of Pudgil & Company; and Kim Henson of Henson’s Fix Auto.

All 10 stars will be paired with professional dance instructors from regional dance studios including Arthur Murray Studio Escondido, Continuum Dance Project, San Diego, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo, and Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, Vista.

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.

Celebrity Judges include Senior Vice President & General Manager of Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Darrell Pilant; Home Renovating Youtuber of Room Bloom, Upholsterer/Owner of Homebird Upholstery, & Writer of, Jenna Pilant; SAG/AFTRA Voice Over and On-Air Talent, Ronni Richards; and Outreach Coordinator of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Justin Flores.

Returning for the 2nd year as the Master of Ceremonies is on-air radio personality, Hula Ramos.

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.

Reserved show-only tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 988-4253. Tickets include a post-show party with D.J. and dancing under the stars.

Proceeds benefit the Center’s education and outreach programs, which serve over 85,000 people each year, including Center Stage performances for youth and Art Discovery field trips (art, drama, dance, and music) for K-12 students. Proceeds also benefit free community events such as Second Saturdays (galleries and museums open for free activities), 4th of July festival, Dia de Los Muertos Festival & Winter Wonderland Festival.

The 4th Annual Dancing with Our Stars is generously sponsored by Giaola Italian Kitchen in Carlsbad. Additional Sponsorship opportunities are still available. More information is available at or by calling 760.839.4124.


Briana Chiddick, Owner of Koffie, Co.
Dane Gill, Kimberly & Joel Callahan, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo

Joe Coyle, VP of Business Development and Sales for Printer Repair Depot
Paulette Jaimes, Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts, Vista

Sandra den Uijl, Continuity Products, LLC.
Juan Galindo, Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Brian Fogarty, Retired Sergeant Major USMC
Dane Gill, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo

Kim Henson, Owner of Henson’s Fix Auto
Dominique Dawson, Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Wayne Herron, Vice President of Philanthropy for Palomar Health
Sheldon Chaney, Continuum Dance Project, San Diego

Anne Middleton, Executive Director for ECOLIFE Conservation
Andre Baltierra, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo

Darren Pudgil, Pudgil & Company
Alyssa Junious, Continuum Dance Project, San Diego

Ryan Saathoff, Managing Partner of RG Alliance Group
Kimberly Callahan, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo

Shally Zomorodi, Fox 5 Morning News Anchor
Joel Callahan, Trilogy Dance Studio Rancho Bernardo



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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