During its first 10 years, the Boca Ballroom Battle that raises money for the George Snow Scholarship Fund was part of Boca Festival Days, and was held in August.
This year, it moves out on its own, and will be a free-standing activity planned for Sept. 14 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
A major money-raising event for the Snow Scholarship Fund which administers scholarships for area students who don’t have the resources to pay for secondary education, the yearly dance presentation that draws a major crowd to the Great Hall at the Boca Resort is patterned after the TV show, “Dancing with the Stars.”
Eight Boca Raton citizens – civic leaders, business man and women – have been devoting hours to dance lessons with professionals who work at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boca Raton. Each couple will perfect a routine to be presented.
The winners – the male and female dancer who bring in the most money – will be named late that evening and will receive the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
The 2017 event broke records for the money raised by an individual and most cash collected in a single evening. Debi Feiler, vice president of program services for the Snow Fund, said: “This year’s  event far exceeded our expectations and broke last year’s record number by substantially more than $100,000.”
Dancers last year raised $325,000. Among them were Terry Fedele, who collected $124,000, and John Tolbert, whose tally of $193,000 set a new individual record for the competition.
Citizens tapped to participate this year include: Samir Changela, owner of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery; Nancy Dockery, director of Dockery Romer & Co.; Matthew Maschler, broker associate and Realtor for Signature Paradise Florida Properties LLC.; Dr. Cristina Mata, VP and chief medical officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Jamie M. Rosemurgy, a mother, volunteer and real estate investor; Tracy Tilson, president of TilsonPR; Joseph Vecchia, president of Vecchia Consulting and Christopher Warren, a partner of Lawless, Edwards & Warren Wealth Management.
They will be paired with professional dancers Sayra Vazquez Brann, Loreta Kriksciukaitytke, James Brann and Aleksandr Skarlato.