Auburn High School teacher Nick Lapete and dance partner Caitlin Foley took first place at the 9th annual Dancing With the Stars of Auburn at the Auburn Mall Saturday night. Second place went to Auburn Firefighter Nick Fairbanks and Kate Stanley. Third place went to local business owner Andy Paquette and his partner Megan Berg.
Seven other couples also performed to benefit Auburn Youth and Family services. They were:
Heidi Gambaccini ~ Everybody’s Fitness Coach (partnered with Jared Vigneault ~ Instructor at Poise, Style and Motion)
Joanna Paquin ~ Civil Engineer for the Town of Auburn (partnered with Tony Miloski ~ Instructor at Poise, Style and Motion)
James Adams ~ Teacher at Auburn High School (partnered with Heidi Schoenfeldt ~ Instructor at Poise, Style, and Motion)
Mike Villa ~ President of Dovetail Internet Technologies (partnered with Nadine Zona ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)
Dan Carpenter ~ Auburn Selectmen (partnered with Sally Heaney ~ Owner of Sally McDermott Dance Centers)
Brett Epstein ~ Director of Operations at Midstate Auto Group (partnered with Michelle Duclos ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)
Michael Monfreda ~ Auburn Police Dispatcher (partnered with Jessica Gleason ~ Instructor at Sally McDermott Dance Centers)
This year’s celebrity judges were:
Donovan Biron ~ Midstate Auto Group
Dr. Susan Lopez ~ Principal of Swanson Road Intermediate School
Eileen Dyson-Alexander ~ Health Inspector/Assistant Health Director
Rick Nicholson ~ Auburn Fire Department
The fun-filled evening was a sellout, and Joe Hurley – a fixture as the event’s emcee – kept the audience laughing, as usual. The Auburn Mall team cordoned off a large area in front of the food court and the future Reliant Medical Group, and did a terrific job in their first time hosting the event.
In addition to the main attraction, there were over 90 gift baskets raffled off, along with 10 live auction items. While totals for this year’s fundraiser were not immediately available, Dancing With the Stars of Auburn has generated over $200,000 for Auburn Youth and Family Services over its 9 year run, according to AYFS Executive Director, Sally D’Arcangelo.