Star Power

The fourth annual Dancing Stars of Greenwich charity dance was all smiles and cheers. It raised $147,000 for Abilis, a nonprofit that was founded in 1951 and provides programs, services and support for more than 800 individuals with disabilities and their families throughout Fairfield County. For the event, the dancers Brad and Erica Walker, Trevor Crew, Lindsay Darrell, Afton Fraser, Elaine Madonna, Greg Masone, Makeda Mays-Green, Cris McCormack and Carly Samalin were paired with professional dancers Matthew Ames, Clemens Lengenfelder, Santa Pavlovic, Christian Perry and Elmar Schmidt from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich. Ali Wentworth, co-creator, star and co-executive producer of the Head Case series, served as MC. Actor Brendan Fraser, DJ and TV host Eric Shoji and actress Meg Tolin Piper served as celebrity judges. “The dance off is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president. “And the partnership with The Fred Astaire Studio of Greenwich is priceless.” See more at

Photographs by Cara Gilbride, Callalily Studios

Judges Eric Shoji, Meg Tolin Piper and Brendan Fraser
Carly Samalin, who won The Mirrorball Trophy for best dancer and People’s Choice Award for top fundraiser, with instructor Matthew Ames
Ali Wentworth, Elmar Schmidt and Afton Fraser
The event raised nearly $147,000
Clemens Lengenfelder and Lindsay Darrell
Lengenfelder and Makeda Mays-Green
Brad and Erica Walker


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