New Beginnings of Central Florida’s 13TH annual Gala is just around the corner and is creating a lot of buzz in the community. Over 400 people are anticipated to attend. The 2023 Dancing Under the Stars Gala has 8 community leaders dancing their best moves.The dancers are seeking your vote to raise money for New Beginnings.

The gala is at the Clermont Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 17. Doors open at 5:30 pm when the evening kicks off with a cocktail party and silent auction in the lobby and continues in the ballroom with dinner provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

The community leaders dancing include Dr. Junita Benedict of Athena Pelvic Therapy; Banks Helfrich-State Representative Candidate; Pat Caracciolo, owner of Pat the Dog Pet Resort, Clermont Mayor Tim Murry, Groveland Mayor Evelyn Wilson, Shauna Vaughan of Precision Integrative Medicine; Heather Krukoski Case Manager at Woodwinds Apartments, and Wade Boyette of BCN Attorneys at Law. They are seeking your vote for the People’s Choice Trophy.  Attendees and non-attendees can vote for their favorite dancers by visiting

Gala judges will include David Helton of The Pamela J. Helton Law Firm, Gary Schindele of Paladin Health Care, Kalena Meyers of Montverde Academy, and Kristin Jamieson of Jamieson Mortgage Team.

Internationally award-winning Alberto Hoyas of Life Dance Mastery is coordinating the dancers and instructors including Eugee Parkhimovich, Anna Lukashova, William Proper, Selena Hoyas, James Bartlett, Jazmyn Durgin, and Valiant Ray.

New Beginnings Executive Director Steve Smith shared, “Linda and I are sincerely grateful for the presenting Title Sponsors with Harper Family Charitable Foundation, United Health Care, PNC Bank, Life Wealth Group, Carrabba’s, Scates Realty, Suncreek Brewery, and others who sponsored this year’s gala. We appreciate the many who have already bought a table to bring us closer to creating New Beginnings Village-affordable housing for homeless families.” A few tables are still available to purchase that seat up to 10 guests.

New Beginnings of Central Florida is dedicated to helping the homeless and less fortunate in central Florida to transform their lives through counseling, life, and computer skills with job training that leads to a sustainable wage job and an affordable home.

New Beginnings of Central Florida, is a 501-C3 non-profit faith-based ministry. They seek volunteers, donations, and community empower people to live responsible lives and be self-sufficient. For more information, call 352-404-6946 or visit their Thrift Store at 415 Citrus Tower Boulevard in Clermont, FL 34711. Visit: and follow them on Facebook at:

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