Angie Egea and Ronald Trombley. (Photograph by Allegra Boverman.)
Greater Haverhill Foundation’s Ronald Trombley and his professional partner Angie Egea took away the prize recently during Emmaus’ Second Annual “Stepping Out with the Valley Stars.”
Modeled after the television show “Dancing with the Stars,” the April 2 event featured six local “stars” in a spirited dance competition among local “celebrities,” a silent auction and professional dance performances. Emmaus is a local non-profit community-housing agency located in Haverhill.
“I agreed to dance for Emmaus because it was an opportunity to support a very special community agency that daily assists the most needy individuals and families in Haverhill,” Trombley said. “The work Emmaus does to shelter and assist homeless people to stabilize and improve their lives is very special and deserving of everyone’s support.”
Trombley said he is in awe of the professional partners who were “magic” on the dance floor and of his competitors who strived to deliver their best on the dance floor.
Held at Renaissance in Haverhill, for the second year, more than 230 guests attended, most of whom took to the dance floor themselves before the evening was over and watched local “stars” perform salsa, Broadway and hip-hop routines.
Besides Trombley, the other “stars” who competed in this event for the title of “Dance Champion” were:
- Dianne Connolly, principal, Pentucket Lake School in Haverhill
- Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College
- Sue LaGree, local attorney and business development professional
- State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives
- Andy Vargas, Haverhill City Councilor
Emmaus Executive Director Jeanine Murphy said Emmaus’ spring gala exceeded all expectations.
“Together, guests and participants, created a palpable energy that will elevate our mission of love, hope and compassion, Murphy said. “This event supports our agency’s mission to ‘find a way home’ for those who come to our door in need of emergency shelter, affordable housing, case management, housing services, job readiness and empowerment programs.”
Burju Perez of Methuen, again served as the event’s creative director and one of the Elite Sponsors, along with Merrimack Valley Credit Union. She said she never hesitated when asked to be a part of this event.
“We take for granted things like having a home all the time,” said Perez who served as a dance partner and performed the opening dance with her husband Victor Perez. “Emmaus knows how homelessness can impact anyone, anywhere and they work tirelessly to provide resources to people and families in need.”