2019 Gala of Stars

  • Local Stars Are Raising the Roof

  • Photo credit: Debra Joy

    The past four years have taught Raise the Roof, the Shoreline Habitat connection, that the best way to raise a roof is to invite local stars and the Shoreline community to tear up the dance floor. November 15 will mark the fifth anniversary for Raise the Roof’s signature event, Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause. Raise the Roof defines stars as community leaders passionate about making the world a better place, and this year’s stars are shining brightly. They have accepted the invitation to step onto the dance floor to help provide families with the opportunity to build and own safe, affordable homes. Their dance lessons have begun, and they are already competing with the event’s special fundraising twist. They are dancing to build a Habitat house. Learn more about the stars, their reasons for dancing, and support them by clicking on the links below.

  • The stars are learning choreographed ballroom routines during ten private lessons provided by Arthur Murray Guilford, Raise the Roof’s Event Partner. The dancing stars will perform on November 15 at the Gala of Stars: Dancing for the Cause at The WoodWinds of Branford, 6:30–11:00 p.m. The stars are competing for “votes” (dollars = votes) and their dancing is raising funds for the building of the next Raise the Roof Habitat for Humanity house. The dance couple that receives the most “votes” will take home the grand-prize Shoreline Stars trophy! Online voting has begun and will stay open through the November 15 gala performances. Donate to vote and support the stars here.

    A group of celebrity judges will present awards for the best performances the night of the event. Renee DiNino of iHeart Radio and WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News will add to the fun as the emcee. Timothy Geelan, President and CEO, Guilford Savings Bank, is this year’s honorary event chair. Gala guests will enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a three-course plated dinner, and time to strut their own stuff to some great music—old and new! Purchase your tickets here to watch local stars raise a roof on the dance floor!

    Raise the Roof partners with and works within the umbrella of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven.