‘Dancing the Night Away’ to Benefit Kristi Yamaguchi’s Foundation


Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas were "DWTS" champions in 2008. (ABC photo)

SAN FRANCISCO — “Dancing the Night Away,” a dinner and show benefiting Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, will be held Saturday, June 18, at the Hilton Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St. in San Francisco.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program/show at 8 p.m.

The cast to date includes the following dancers from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”:

• Kristi Yamaguchi and Jonathan Roberts (DWTS)

• Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya (DWTS)

• Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo (DWTS)

• Katee Shean (SYTYCD)

• Gev Manoukian (SYTYCD)

(More names to be added. Cast subject to change without notice.)

Best known as the 1992 Olympic gold medalist in women’s figure skating, Bay Area native Yamaguchi found new fame as the Season 6 winner on “DWTS” with partner Mark Ballas in 2008. She has hosted both skating and dancing events to raise funds for her charity.

“It’s been an exciting and gratifying year for the Always Dream Foundation,” said Yamaguchi. “Even as the country struggled to recover from the recession, we received an extraordinary level of support from individual and corporate donors and were able to invest an unprecedented amount back into the community. In addition to opening Always Dream Play Park (in Fremont) early last year, we made grants to some outstanding organizations that share my belief that we all have the power to inspire and empower young people.”

Beneficiaries include the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program’s Sled Hockey Program; San Francisco’s Tenderloin Achievement Group; and All Stars Helping Kids and Scholastic Inc.

Sponsors of this year’s “Dancing the Night Away” include Smucker’s, Target, UCSF Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Fremont Bank, Minami Tamaki LLP, Oto, Bailey, Fukumoto & Mishima, and The Pioneer Fund.

Individual tickets are $850. For more information, call (510) 451-7275 or visit www.alwaysdream.org.