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關秀寶慈善基金會(Connie Kwan-Wong Charitable Found)日前宣布；世界拉丁交誼舞冠軍將開始他們的休斯頓之旅，來為慈善基金會舉行罕見的舞蹈表演，晚會將云集世界上最精銳的舞蹈專業人士，整晚瑞納塔別墅宴會廳將會被娛樂和興奮包圍。拉丁舞蹈巨星， 里卡多庫西(Riccardo Cocci)和尤利婭(Yulia Zagoruychenko)，已同意前往休斯敦參加這一崇高事業的公開演出。其他參加演出的本地專業人士有比利金(Billy King)，賽磊(Selena Morano)，克里斯蒂亞諾(Cristiano Callegari)，卡蒂婭庫茲涅佐娃(Katia Kuznetsova)，恩佐(Enzo Zappia)，斯特凡(Stefan Golubovic)和麗貝卡阿維拉(Rebecca Avila)。
里卡多Cocchi和尤利婭 Zagoruychenko開始搭伴在2007年秋天，席捲舞廳世界，其獨特迷人的拉丁風格迷倒了無數觀眾。隨著他們一起踏入舞池的第一步，他們登上每一個主要的世界冠軍總決賽。里卡爾多和尤利婭的如癡如醉的樣子，令人難以置信的技術能力和活潑迅速的活力使他們的粉絲和法官都無比喜歡。2010年11月20日世界專業拉丁錦標賽(World Professional Latin Championships)在德國波恩舉行，體育舞蹈(DanceSport)感慨里卡多和尤利婭辛苦工作和努力成長，印象深刻，他們第一次拿回家兩個世界專業拉丁錦標賽冠軍；2011年4月，他們在莫斯科克里姆林宮傳奇舞廳(the legendary Kremlin ballroom)跳舞，獲得了第二個世界職業拉丁舞冠軍。他們還獲得了兩次世界職業冠軍；目前是世界職業拉丁舞者排名第一，連續五年不敗的美國全國職業拉丁舞冠軍。
關秀寶慈善基金會(Connie Kwan-Wong Charitable Found)本次籌款晚會旨在提醒社會各界認識休斯敦的兒童所面臨的問題，如何最好來解決這些問題，作為在休斯頓社區建立的兒童慈善機構，以促進這些慈善機構和社會參與之間的橋樑與增長。她的愿景，最終要從地方一級到最終的全球范圍盡可能改善許多兒童需要的生活和福祉。
本次活動的門票可以購買通過網站 www.ckwfoundation.org或致電 832-600-3603。
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Villa Rinata –2840 Chimney Rock
The Connie Kwan-Wong Charitable Foundation announces a rare and exciting evening of ballroom dance performances and entertainment featuring the most elite ballroom dance professionals in the world. Latin ballroom dance superstars, Riccardo Cocci and Yulia Zagoruychenko, have agreed to travel to Houston to perform publicly for this worthy cause. Other local professionals participating are Billy King, Selena Morano, Cristiano Callegari, Katia Kuznetsova, Enzo Zappia, Stefan Golubovic, and Rebecca Avila.
All profits raised from this event will benefit the Children’s Defense Fund of Texas. The Children’s Defense Fund of Texas is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. The Children’s Defense Fund of Texas champion’s policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
This fabulous evening of ballroom dance performances will take place at the Villa Rinata; an elegant Mediterranean Villa nestled in the heart of the Galleria area of Houston. Built in Italian style architecture, this beautiful venue provides the perfect backdrop and location for this special event. The evening begins with a cocktail reception from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a three course seated dinner for attending guests. This exciting evening of ballroom dance starts with Houston’s finest professional and amateur ballroom couples performances judged by Houston media celebrity judges. After the dance sequence by the professional/amateurs, an incredible dance showcase will be performed by Riccardo and Yulia and then the guests will have a chance to dance the night away.
Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko began dancing together in the fall of 2007, taking the ballroom world by storm and captivating audiences with their unique Latin style. They ascended to the finals of every major world championship as they together took their first step onto the dance floor. Riccardo and Yulia's mesmerizing look, incredible technical aptitude, and vivacious dynamism quickly made them a favorite among both fans and judges alike. At the World Professional Latin Championships held in Bonn, Germany on November 20, 2010, DanceSport felt the impact of Riccardo and Yulia's hard work and growth when they took home their first two-time World Professional Latin Championship; and in April of 2011, they captured their second World Professional Latin title in Moscow dancing at the legendary Kremlin ballroom. They are also two-time World Professional Champions; #1 Ranked Professional Latin Dancers in the world and five-time undefeated U.S. National Professional Latin Champions.
Also participating in the ballroom extravaganza is Billy King and Selena Morano who began their partnership in 2010 and currently competes in American Style Ballroom. This style combines the structure of traditional ballroom with the freedom to break away from dance position and incorporate elements of Latin, Jazz, and Broadway creating a more contemporary take on ballroom. In the short time Billy and Selena have developed their partnership, they have found great success on the competitive floor together. Some titles they have attained over the past year include: Indiana Challenge
Champions, Heritage Classic Rising Star Champions, People's Choice Champions, Virginia State Rising Star Champions, Southern States Rising Star Champions, and recognized as the First Coast Classic Rising Star Champions.
Cristiano Callegari is a professional ballroom dancer and coach who helps his students and audience understand the realm of dance. Dance has been the main focus and passion of Cristiano’s life since the age of nine. Katia Kuznetsova is a professional ballroom dancer and coach. Katia was born and raised in Ukraine where she began dancing at the age of five. Katia and Cristiano are world-class competitors in the International Latin Professional division. Their partnership, which began in 2007, immediately bared development of ballroom dance community in Houston. Since then they opened and developed "Dance with Stars" Academy in Katy, TX. During all this time Cristiano and Katia raised many strong good dancers and some of them became finalists of Open to the World International Ballroom and Latin Championships. Cristiano and Katia's most recent accomplishments in the International Latin category include: Top 31 UK Open 2011 Rising Star Professional International Latin; 5th Place in Professional International Latin National Rising Star, USDC 2009; 2nd Place in Professional International Latin in National Rising Star, Ohio Star Ball 2008; finalists in Professional International Latin in Rising Star, Embassy Ball 2008; and top 24 in Professional International Latin in Rising Star, UK Open 2008.
One of Houston’s finest professional dancers, Enzo Zappia will participate. He was born and raised in Italy where he began his passion for dance at the age of eight. Zappia has been with Dance with Stars (DWS), Inc. since 2009. He is widely recognized by leading dance organizations, acknowledged as an expert and one of Europe’s premiere professionals in that specialized field. He has an impressive list of credits, both as a competitor in the international dance competitions and as an instructor. Zappia has a remarkable list of winnings and high honors in the competitive ballroom dancing. Also, his students have competed with a great success at the national level. Moreover, as a top dancer, he has received official certification as a judge to a professional and amateur ballroom dance competition in his home country of Italy. If you were to ask Enzo what dance means to him he would respond, “Dance is my life and my work, I pour my heart and soul into it. Not a day goes by that it doesn’t give me pleasure, satisfaction, challenge, and reward.”
Stefan Golubovic was born in Montenegro, where he began his competitive career in international Latin and ballroom at the age of 5. Since that time, he has trained with world renowned dancers such as Sergej Milicija, Bato Rabrenovich, Tatsiana Lahvinovich and Zoran Plohl. He is currently training with Corky Ballas. Stefan is the current National Champion in International Latin in Montenegro and represented his country at the 2010 International Latin DanceSport World Championships. As a junior dancer, Stefan was also ranked top 1 and 2 in the world in Junior International Standard and International Latin, having earned his titles at various world cups between 2004 and 2008. Stefan is also a certified adjudicator and instructor in International Latin and Standard dances. He is currently dancing with Rebecca Avila, another wonderful professional dancer, for the U.S. in professional International Latin and lives in Houston. They were world representatives for the country of Montenegro at the 2010 Latin World Championships. In 2011, they began dancing for the U.S., placing in the top 16 for Professional Latin Rising Star at the Ohio Star Ball.
Connie Kwan-Wong created the Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation to raise awareness about the immediate problems and issues facing the children in Houston, how best to address these issues, and to serve as a bridge between the Houston community and established children's charities to foster growth and community involvement in these charities. Her vision is to ultimately improve the lives and well-being of as many children in need as possible, from a local level to an eventual global level.
Tickets for this event can be purchased by going to the website www.ckwfoundation.org or calling 832-600-3603.
About the organizer:
Connie Kwan-Wong was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Houston for 5 years. Through her years of work as a pediatric cardiac sonographer and active involvement in all kinds of charity work, she became aware of the many areas of need that countless Houston children face, from poverty to hunger to abuse and neglect. Her goal is to shine a spotlight on these issues to attract more awareness as well as supporting various other charities who also strive to address these issues. She believes the purpose of her life is to help others and her mission is to serve and protect the children of Houston through her philanthropy.
Levels of Sponsorship
Silver table Sponsorship - $1500 – Includes:
Gold table Sponsorship - $2500 - Includes:
Platinum Level Sponsorship - $3500 -Includes:
Individual gold sponsorship -$500 – Includes:
Individual Silver ticket $150
Thank-you so much for considering a sponsorship!
If you cannot attend the event, please consider making a contribution to Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation.
Your generosity will make a significant difference to these children.
If you have any question or would like to make your reservation or donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make a check payable to Connie Kwan-Wong Charitable Found
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