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Oak Crest crowns dance champions

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June 17th, 2010
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Move over, Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough. There s a new award-winning dance couple in town. Oak Crestresident John Gants teamed with General Services Director Joyce Malone to earn top honors in the 1st Annual Dancing With theOak CrestStars competition. After months of practice, the two impressed the judges and voters with their version of the fast-paced Charleston, the dance that became popular after appearing with the song, The Charleston, by James P. Johnson in the Broadway musicalRunnin Wild. With more than 11,000 votes cast, John and Joyce weren t the only winners of our first ever dance competition, saidOak Crest s Director of Philanthropy Todd Sullivan. Over $19,000 was raised for theOak CrestBenevolent Care and Student Scholars Funds, and we re already recruiting couples for next year. Seventeen couples competed in all. Each team was composed of one resident with one staff member. They were evaluated in a two-tier process: Following the dance numbers, a panel of three judges consisting ofOak CrestExecutive Director Colleen LoPresto, Pastor Elmer Klein, and internationally award-winning ballroom dancer andOak Crestresident Darlene Carter graded the couples. (See related story: Oak Crest dancer steals spotlight in national competition.) The residents ofOak Crestthen voted on their favorite performances during a two-week window. The results were tallied together. Oak Crestresident Evelyn Schroedl and Restaurant Manager Paul O Callaghan placed second, whileOak Crestresident Elsie Sartorio and Security Officer Arnaldo Nandy Rivera finished third.