Sarasota, Florida (September 13, 2018) – CAN Community Health is excited to continue the annual tradition of the CANDance competition for its 19th year.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018 CAN Community Health will be holding the popular evening event at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota. Based off of television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” CAN invites local celebrities from the Suncoast to master and perform a dance routine with a professional dancer to raise money for HIV research, treatment, prevention and education.
This year’s dancers will be Mary Gratehouse, local philanthropist, Monica Kelly, attorney, Dr. Cathleen McCabe, laser eye surgeon, Hallie Peilet, anchor on SNN (Suncoast News Network), Dan Starostecki, account executive for Sarasota Magazine, and Elisabeth Waters, style maven and philanthropist. There will also be a special performance by Elisa Carlisle.
“Our community and staff become especially excited about CANDance every year. It’s an upbeat event that brings together groups of people and organizations to raise money for our Patient Care Fund,” says president and CEO of CAN, Richard E. Carlisle. “Last year, we were able to raise over $240,000. It has been a very successful event.”
CANDance started as a unique and lively event 19 years ago but as quickly as CAN Community Health has grown, so has the dancing event. Filling ballrooms and bringing out the Suncoast’s most well known local celebrities, CAN uses the opportunity to educate the community about HIV and the stigma that surrounds it.
“For the past 18 years, CANDance has contributed to CAN Community Health’s goal of making a difference in the lives of people living with HIV, offering every service or program that they may need. We’re excited to carry on the tradition this year.” said Richard E. Carlisle.