The "Beach Boy" from Norwood stole the hearts of the audience tonight at the Circle of Hope’s “Dancing with the Norwood Stars.”
Jack Perry won the “Fan Favorite” award dancing to The Beach Boys’ hit “Surfin’ USA.” Perry received the most votes from the live audience at Concannon’s Village and audiences at satellite locations in town.
“I can look back at and say it was a great experience I really enjoyed it,” said Perry, who dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, khaki pants, and orange canvas shoes.
He said that the beach theme in his performance was important to him.
“I love the beach,” said Perry, an architect. ”My whole life has been on the beach.”
He said he blew up 36 small beach balls himself, which his supporters launched into the air when his performance ended. His family and friends were also dressed in Hawaiian gear, sporting leis and Hawaiian shirts.
Carolyn Murphy, owner of Murph’s Place in Norwood, won the judges’ award.
Murphy, dress in a short, dress with purple fringe danced the cha-cha hustle to the Black Eyed Peas song “Time of Your Life.”
Murphy said that she did indeed have time of her life dancing tonight.
After Murphy’s number, the judges gave glowing praise.
“That was perfect,” said Tracey Robbins, vice president of Norwood Bank, which is a sponsor of the event. “You must have been a professional dancer in a prior life before you became Murph’s.”
Lee Kennedy, founder of the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation, said that all of the dancers were winners.
“Whatever they raise is wonderful,” said Kennedy. “They’re doing it for us, but they’re actually doing for the people of Norwood and that’s who they’re doing it for—friends and neighbors.”
The Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation supports Norwood residents who have been affected by a catastrophic medical occurrence.
Organizer Kathy St. Cyr said that the satellite locations at The Olde Colonial House on Savin Avenue, Lewis’ Bar & Grill on Central Street, and Old Colonial Café on Nahatan Street were packed.
St. Cyr, a member of the foundation, came up with the idea to hold the event three years ago as a fundraiser for the Circle of Hope.
“We thought she was a nut,” said Kennedy. “We looked at her and thought you’ve got to be kidding. We didn’t think she could do it, but she did it.”
This is the third year of “Dancing with the Norwood Stars.” Tickets were sold-out within days of being released.
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