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DFC Volunteers

Dance for the cure is a 100% Volunteer Organization

Dance for the Cure volunteers help in a variety of ways undertaking many jobs that arise both  simple and complex. These include working on the Pink Bow Project by helping to create and distribute bows to local businesses for the month of October, Tying the Town Pink in October to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, helping at our annual Ribbons of Hope event, implementing ideas for local fundraisers, holding their own fundraiser with proceeds to DFC, assisting with mailings, and generally jumping onboard and supporting Dance for the Cure by promoting this organization to their family and friends. We welcome you as we can always use an extra pair of hands if you have some time to give.

Our Ribbons of Hope volunteers are passionate and committed to making our annual fundraiser a smashing success. Our efforts are concentrated from July through October, with most of the work at “Basket Central”—the venue where we build our gorgeous baskets for our fundraiser—happening between mid-August until the date of our event in October. If you have a few hours a week to help, we can put you to work, and you’ll make lasting friends while making a difference in the lives of people in our community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Some of our volunteers are breast cancer survivors themselves.

We honor them with a ribbon badge!

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Evelyn Anderson

Behind the Scenes

Mother of 2 daughters and a wife and I'm very big on family. I have great beliefs in serving the Lord. I love helping people, and I enjoy organizing and cooking.

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Debbie Beiter

Behind the Scenes

Dr. Deb has been on the team since 1999 and continues to solicit and spread the word!

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Maureen Brown

Basket Creation

As a three time cancer survivor, I want to give back and to return the kindness and love that I received when I needed it most.

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Donna Cease

Basket Creation, Tie the Town Pink

Is a Basket Genie whose motto is bigger is better, more is more!

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Kathy Cooper

Pink Bow Project

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Jenny Cuaresma

Pink Bow Project

Jenny came onboard through her affiliation as a dancer at Kathleen's studio for over 30 years and now is happy to help in any way she can.

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Andrea Doyle

Pink Bow Project, Behind the Scenes

Andrea, a breast cancer survivor, is happy to be helping out with the Pink Bow Project Team and various Behind the Scenes projects.

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Heidi Florey

Pink Bow Project, Basket Creation

Although I have a wonderful family and amazing friends, along with a job that I love, I feel like I have more to give. I am here to offer my time and anything else I can to help whomever I can.

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Teresa Foti

Soliciting Donations

Teresa helps with the Pink Box Project and soliciting donations.

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Leigh Freeman

Pink Bow Project

It was an easy decision to support the tireless organizers of Dance for the Cure.

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Victoria Gagliardi-Rossi

Pink Bow Project

Victoria is a former DFC Lyrical dancer and supports our organization whenever called upon for various projects.

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Lynn Grillo

Media Director

Lynn manages our website, brand assets, and digital and print publications

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Jacqueline Haren

Soliciting Donations, Behind the Scenes

Community outreach, soliciting donations, event set up

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Danielle Hughes

Behind the Scenes, Tie the Town Pink

Executive Assistant to Co-Founder Joanne Liscovitz, certificate maker extraordinaire, Tie the Town Pink and donee coordinator.

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Arleen Kornbluth

Basket Creation, Soliciting Donations

CEO/1st VP in charge of basket making with expertise in bling, sparkle and girly girl.

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Maggie Krick

Behind the Scenes

Former Lyrical dancer mom, willing to lend a helping hand and positive spirit.

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Zerrin Kucukada

Soliciting Donations

I experienced how effective DFC is at helping others, so I want to be part of this organization.

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Trish Liska

Behind the Scenes

Trish is the mastermind behind our the beautiful centerpieces at Ribbons of Hope

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Gina Lutzky

Pink Bow Project

A former Kathleen of Academy dancer, Gina came on board for the Pink Bow Project as she was looking for an organization where she could help others.

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Annalisa Mannino

Pink Bow Project

I lost a dear friend to Metastatic Breast Cancer and she was very involved with DFC, I would like to continue on her path to raise awareness and to help those affected.

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Annamarie Masler

Basket Creation, Pink Bow Project

A recent addition to the team, Anne has always had a flare for creativity, but learning new tricks from some of the best at ROH.

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Debbie Melick

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

Debbie has been involved with DFC from the beginning assisting Behind the Scenes with Bow Making, and more.

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Tracy Miglarese

Tie the Town Pink, Soliciting Donations

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Anne Moore

Behind the Scenes

Having had breast cancer myself so many years ago, I would like to be a part of an organization that supports women going through the cancer experience.

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Renee Nicolay

Pink Bow Project

Helping where I can to a cause I care about is what made me do my part with Dance for the Cure. The fact that they help local women and their families is so important to me

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Giuliana Opalenik

Media Team

Giuliana has been putting her copywriting skills to work writing articles and blog posts for DFC.

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Shannon Pisani

Basket Creation

Learned basket making from Darlene, now a basket maker extraordinaire! Also helps with the Pink Bow Project.

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Barbara Porter

Pink Bow Project

Enjoys tap dancing with her teacher, "Miss Kathleen Cirioli" while also supporting DFC and dressing up the town in Pink Bows

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Sofia Salonna

Pink Bow Project

Sofia participates in The Pink Bow project in October during Breast Cancer Awareness month

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Rosa Sauers

Pink Bow Project, Behind the Scenes

Rosa is a valuable volunteer and recently held a fundraiser on Face Book for Dance for the Cure.

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Lisa Scalera

Basket Creation, Tie the Town Pink

Queen of Basket Central organization! Donations, inventory and of course mega basket building talents and Tying the Town Pink.

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Darlene Sterritt

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

The guiding force for all things “baskets.” Laid the foundation for the definition of the WOW factor.

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Gayle Underwood

Behind the Scenes, Soliciting Donations

Behind the scenes-centerpieces and soliciting donations

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Tishawne Ward

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

These people touched my heart in many ways – so I want to be that for someone else. Volunteers with the Pink Bow Project

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Peggy Whelan

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

Behind the scenes-soliciting for donations and Pink Bow Project

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Margaret Zampini

Basket Creation, Soliciting Donations, Tie the Town Pink

Breast cancer has affected my family, so I am happy to be able to contribute my time and talent for a cause that is so personal to me.

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Tara Baldwin

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

A former lyrical dancer, Tara assists Behind the Scenes with projects at Basket Central, event set up and night of tasks.

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Linda Bozzo

Behind the Scenes, Tie the Town Pink

Helps behind the scenes from setting up at basket central and Ribbons of Hope to Tying the Town Pink.

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Deanna Cannatelli

Behind the Scenes, Tie the Town Pink

Deanna has been an active participant for Dance for the Cure for the past 16 years.

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Linda Colatriano

Basket Creation, Behind the Scenes, Soliciting Donations

Making a huge impact with her creativity, warm demeanor, and winning smile and soliciting efforts.

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Judy Craven

Basket Creation, Tie the Town Pink

Judy is the ultimate worker bee, fueled by Tootsie Rolls and coffee, creating and building extraordinary baskets, and managing the many details of Ribbons of Hope from Basket Central to the Marriott.

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Patty Deitsch

I’ve known many in my life who’ve suffered from breast cancer and this is my way of honoring their fight, and paying tribute to them

I’ve known many in my life who’ve suffered from breast cancer and this is my way of honoring their fight, and paying tribute to them.

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Dana Esposito

Pink Bow Project, Soliciting Donations

I got introduced to Dance For the Cure by my cousin Linda and can't wait to be part of an amazing cause helping so many women and their families.

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Susan Foti

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project, Soliciting Donations

Loves volunteering, soliciting donations and proud to be part of such a great group of strong women.

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Janet Fredericks-Winters

Pink Bow Project

Janet is pleased to be part of the DFC Volunteer team and is willing to help wherever and whenever needed.

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Barbara Gagliardi

Pink Bow Project

Barbara volunteers creating and distributing bows for our Pink Bow Project and is willing to help wherever she is needed.

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Fran Green

Pink Bow Project, Soliciting Donations

I am inspired by everyone involved in Dance for the Cure and happy to contribute to this great organization.

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Teri Halvorson

Basket Creation, Tie the Town Pink

Teri sprinkles a little glitter wherever she goes, one amazing basket at a time and helps with the Tie the Town Pink Project.

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Brooke Herbst

Soliciting Donations, Pink Bow Project, Tie the Town Pink, Behind the Scenes

Head cheerleader and gal Friday! “Tell me what you need me to do” Brooke also helps with the Pink Bow Project.

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Lory Hughes

Basket Creation, Pink Bows, Tie the Town Pink

Happy to be a full fledged Basket Genie. I always planned on volunteering when I retired.

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Karen Kozarski

Pink Bow Project, Behind the Scenes

"Jack of all Trades". I am willing to help wherever needed.

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Cassie Krick

Behind the Scenes

Cassie is a former Lyrical dancer, and always ready with enthusiasm and a smile. The Pink Bow Project is one of her specialties.

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Nicole LaGravenese

Basket Creation, Behind the Scenes

I’ve been a ‘Ribbons of Hope’ attendee (and winner) for years and thought it was time to see how all the magic happens and get involved!

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Carole Longo

Pink Bow Project

Joining the team to help find a cure for breast cancer will be an honor & a privilege

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Gail Magid

Pink Bow Project

I am happy to give my time to Dance For The Cure to honor my friends and family fighting to beat cancer and others who are its brave survivors.

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Stephanie Mardekian

Pink Bow Project, Behind the Scenes

It’s so rewarding to volunteer with DFTC to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money to help those affected. I enjoy making and distributing the pink bows every year.

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Betsy Maza

Basket Creation

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Meredith Mian

Behind the Scenes

Former lyrical dancer, set up at basket central, day of, break down

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Lisa Miller

Pink Bow Project

It's my privilege to volunteer for "Dance for the Cure/Ribbons of Hope", as it is a very worthwhile Women's Health charity. I'll continue to support and help as many patients as possible.

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Figen Müftüoğlu

Behind the Scenes

Figen is involved in so many ways including the Pink Bow Project and more.

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Rose Opalenik

Behind the Scenes

I was inspired to volunteer for Dance for the Cure after attending Ribbons of Hope 2021 in support of my niece, Rosalinda Giles.

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Terry Oxford

Basket Creation, Soliciting Donations, Pink Bow Project

Brings her creative style and sense of humor to enhance the vibe at basket central. She is a solicitor extraordinaire!

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Kathy Parks

Pink Bow Project

I've been very inspired by Miss Kathleen, Miss Joanne, and my fellow Adult Tap students, so was happy for the opportunity to join them in support of DFC and the Pink Bow Project.

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Joann Richter

Soliciting Donations

I love how committed DFC is to helping women as they navigate through their cancer journey.

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Robyn Salonna

Pink Bow Project

Robyn participates in The Pink Bow project in October during Breast Cancer Awareness month

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Julia Sauers

Pink Bow Project

Just like her mom Rosa, Julia volunteers with our Pink Bow Project and Goody Bags while also working on her Girl Scout Silver Award.

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Nancy Shedlock

Behind the Scenes

Nance helps with soliciting donations and setting up at Basket Central

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Jessica Tallman

Behind the Scenes

Former lyrical dancer, Pink Bow Project, social media, ROH event photography and helping hand.

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Linda Waddington

Tie the Town PInk, Pink Bow Project, Behind the Scenes

After attending Ribbons of Hope for the first time it made me want to be part of such a wonderful organization and help give back to woman that are dealing with this terrible disease.

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Joanne Weems

Behind the Scenes, Pink Bow Project

Joanne enjoys helping with Ribbons of Hope and working with the amazing team of volunteers.

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Pam Zamory

Pink Bow Project

I find it an honor to contribute my time to such an honorable cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ribbons of Hope Volunteers:

Jeff Beiter

Bob Cibulskis
Keith Craven
Lynn DelPaoli

Joe Grillo
Tom Halvorson

Eric Healy

Mike Hughes

Hillsborough High School Dance Team

Linda LaGravenese
Michael Liscovitz
Chris Melick

Assad Mian

Tracy Miglarese

Rose Opalenik

Patty Schweitzer

Mackenzie McLaughlin

Michael Yurko

Special thanks to:

Banfiled Family Foundation
BRHS Cheerleaders
BRHS Key Club
Bridgewater Marriott Staff
Brighton Collectibles, Bridgewater
Coldwell Banker Realty

David & Nicole Tepper Foundation

Gillin Family Gifting Fund

Hillsborough/Montgomery Office
Kreations by Anne
Mian Realty

Pete Bloom, Catered Affair
Renaissance Salon
The Day Spa at Hair Plus
Tropiano and Son Jewelers

The song is ended but the melody lingers on. – Irving Berlin

In remembrance of DFC Volunteers whom we have lost:

Michelle Tallman

Rosalinda Giles (tribute video below)

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