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The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter will host the 4th Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars fundraiser on Sunday April 22, 2012 at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building in Center City.

Borrowing from the reality show similar in name, this annual fundraising event allows for local well known individuals to not only compete for bragging rights, but also the opportunity to raise Sickle Cell Awareness throughout the region and support Sickle Cell programming and outreach via a creative vehicle: dancing!

The purpose behind Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars is to assist in raising money to fund Sickle Cell education and programs, and shine the spotlight on a genetic disease that exists in staggeringly high numbers in the African and Hispanic communities. Often called the "forgotten disease", Sickle Cell Disease affects 1 out of every 500 African- Americans and approximately 100, 000 individuals. One out of every 10-12 African -Americans carry Sickle Cell Trait, and approximately 2.5 million American.

For 2012 we have rounded up 9 notable Philadelphians who have made, an indelible imprint in Philadelphia and its surrounding region. Our line-up includes Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Eric Cortes, Telemundo Philadelphia; Mike Days, Managing Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; Julie Dorenbos, Co- Owner, Skin Palette and wife of Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos;  Kevin Gatto, Celebrity Stylist and Salon Owner,Correspondent, CBS Talk Philly; Anatasia Karloutso, Co- Owner, Water Works Restaurant; Kharisma Mcllwaine, CW Philly/ CBS 3; Marisa Magnatta, Producer, WMMR, Preston and Steve Morning Show, and Nina Tinari, Partner, T2 Consultants LLC and Former Special Assistant to Governor Ed Rendell.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person and include a cocktail reception, full course dinner, silent auction, jazz combo, dance company performance and dance competition. For more information or to make a payment go to www.dancingwiththephiladelphiastars.com or call 215-471-8686. Donations of any amount can also be made at www.firstgiving.com/sicklecellphiladelphia

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