Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser & "A night at the movies" Showcase

The momentum for the fundraiser began when David Potter, a dance instructor from Springfield, MA passed away this year with only eight weeks between the diagnosis and the day he had to say goodbye. This sudden passing was devastating for his sister, Marianne Nicole-DePalma, an internationally renowned coach. After learning of her loss, Peter Walker, Marianne’s long-time colleague and owner of Avalon, proposed that he dedicate Avalon’s fourth anniversary celebration as a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer program in honor of David. This event on September 28th and 29th garnered widespread attention and went on to raise over $10,000 for the Baystate Health Foundation.

At 28th, along with food, drinks, and socialization, Everyone was welcome to step onto the dance floor as the Brent Mills Live Band’s seamless stream of all types of dance tunes beckoned them over. The highlight of the night was a performance by Sophie D’Angelo, who had lost a close friend to pancreatic cancer, dedicated her dance to her friend and put all of her heart into her graceful performance.

Next day was Avalon Dance Studio’s Showcase, which included 20 performers, led by Peter, dancing to the theme “A Night at the Movies.” During the showcase, there were so many items that a second silent auction occurred. The spectacle filled the studio with ceaseless cheering, laughter and applause. Of the 20 performers, three received the David Potter Scholarship; grants made in late David Potter’s memory.

The event was a major success all around; a result befitting the massive amounts of love, effort and generosity shown by all participants.

On behalf of everyone here at Avalon Productions (Avalon Dance & Fitness), thank you for supporting the event.

Thank you for donation, performance, etc.

Sam Sodano

Irina Sarukhanyan


Sharon Spaulding

Shine on Salon

Danz Ann

Patrice Vinci Salon (Yasmin Tricomi)

Pro Nails Spa

Vive Hair Salon

Denise Hajjar Boston

Belmont Books

Craft Beer Cellar

CBE Couture

Peter Walker

Matt Ross

Elements Massage

Home Depot Watertown

Jayne's Flowers

Christopher Hawes

Marianne Nicole & John Depalma

Hair Studio - AMEL Salon

The Spirited Gourmet

Art's Specialties

KOKO Bakery

Shine on Salon


Lisa Dubinsky

Boyko & Co

Ilia Kolosov

Pemberton Farms

Robert J T Rosendfeld / Sophia D'Angelo

Lois M Farrell


Sarika Hudson

Nikolay Pillipenchuk

All of Avalon students

Participants who came to the event.

#Fundraiser #Showcase

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