Stars of Parramatta To Raise Funds For Cancer Council


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The Cancer Council will host the Stars of Parramatta (Dance for Cancer) on July 7, at Novotel Parramatta. The event will feature well-known community ‘stars’ paired with local dance instructors who will each learn a dance routine in a variety of styles and perform in front of a judges’ panel at the gala night.

Among the stars, are state Liberal MP for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee, Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jim Cassidy, businesswoman and DMC Advertising Group chief executive Stephanie Dale, City of Parramatta Deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard, City of Parramatta councillor Sameer Pandey, Novotel Parramatta’s April Diego, Social Pet small business owner Shirley Buczak and Cancer Council’s Luke Horton.

The dance studios supporting the stars, include Dr Kanan Shah and the Nartan Institute of Performing Arts, Western Sydney Samba, Davin Griffith-Jones, the Latin Ballroom Social Dance Club and Studio Parramatta, Arthur Murray Parramatta, Sashya Jay Brito and Samba Internacional, Michelle Smith and Constant Groove Dance Studio and Rebekah Marcuccio and Towle Theatrical Dance Academy.

The stars will compete for three titles at the gala night: Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and Highest Fundraiser.

The judging panel will comprise actor Doris Younane (Rake, McLeod’s Daughters) and Laing+Simmons Granville group principal Ray Fayad.

Cancer Council Greater Western Sydney Community Relations Coordinator Kate Hawkins said the event was a great way for the community to support local celebrities while fundraising for a cancer free future.

“We hope everyone in Parramatta will join us for this gala night of fun, entertainment, dancing and the chance for people to meet their local stars,” she said.

“Funds raised from the event will go towards support and information services at the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre at Westmead, skin cancer prevention programs such as SunSmart in schools and Improve Your Long Game at Cumberland and Muirfield golf clubs and the Eat It To Beat It nutrition program reaching primary school children across the Parramatta district.”

Tickets are priced at $120 per person or $900 for a table of eight and include entertainment, drinks, canapes and a two-course dinner. Tickets can be purchased at To donate to our stars or find out more about them, visit

You can follow the progress of our stars on social media at

Cancer Council hosted the first dance for cancer event in Coffs Harbour in 2011.

Since then, suburbs and towns across NSW have been putting their feet to work and raised more than $3 million.

For more information on the Stars of Parramatta, contact Kate Hawkins on (02) 9354 2004 or email

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