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Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - Final Senior Dancing Stars Contest Draws a Packed House

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For Immediate Release

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – (Aug. 11, 2009) – Over 600 onlookers packed the house at Gold Coast Ballroom on Aug. 7 to enjoy North Broward Medical Center’s (NBMC) energy-filled “4th Annual Senior Dance Stars” final dance competition. The contest featured 10 couples or singles finalists, ranging in age from 65 to 88, who were selected from over 100 seniors who auditioned throughout Broward County. The free event was held to demonstrate the importance of “brain fitness” for seniors.

Because the competition was so popular, a free Encore Exhibition will take place on Aug. 13 from 1-3 p.m. at NBMC.

All finalists performed a 3-minute exhibition of a dance style of their choice, ranging from the rumba to Afro-Cuban dancing. The first place prize of $500 went to solo dancer Zeida Mesa, 72, from Margate; second place (a $250 prize) was awarded to Larry Klein, 77, and Faith Macnow, 84, of Davie; and the third place prize of $150 went to Tony and Linda Murguia, ages 72 and 69 respectively, of Cooper City.

CBS4 Anchor Eliott Rodriguez and morning weather anchor Lisette Gonzalez emceed the event, and the panel of judges included Phyllis J. Neuberger, writer/journalist with the Pompano Pelican; Nancy Vallejo, founder and president, Solutions by Nancy, NBMC CEO Pauline Grant; Dr. H. Murray Todd, acclaimed neurologist and medical director of the NBMC Memory Disorder Center, an outpatient diagnostic facility offering a multi-disciplinary approach to determine the cause of memory impairment; and Sara Howley, vice president of Broward Health Communications & Marketing. Event sponsors were CBS4, Stryker, First Path, Physicians Health Choice and Phoenix Physicians.

Dr. Todd kicked off the event by speaking about the importance of seniors keeping their brains active with activities such as dance, to help prevent degenerative neurological diseases including memory loss. Dr. Bruce Janke, medical director of NBMC Joint Replacement Center, talked about the latest advances to keep the “joints jumping.”

“All of the seniors who participated in this competition served as great examples of how fun it is to keep the brain healthy through dance,” said Dr. Todd. “The final was very exciting, and the dancers were extremely talented.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world-class health care services to residents of South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.BrowardHealth.org.

North Broward Medical Center is located at 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33064. For more information, please call (954) 941-8300 or visit www.BrowardHealth.org.

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Winners’ Information

First Place: Zeida Mesa, 72, of Margate, performed a solo to Afro-Cuban music. She works at a senior center taking care of Alzheimers patients. She says she “began dancing in her mother’s womb.” Mesa has been married for 52 years and has four children, nine grandchildren and four great-stepgrandchildren.

Second Place: Larry Klein, 77, and Faith Macnow, 84, of Davie have enjoyed dancing all their lives. Larry is legally deaf and considers Faith his “ears” when dancing. They are both originally from Bronx, NY.

Third Place: Tony and Linda Murguia, aged 72 and 69 respectively, are from Cooper City. Married for 50 years, they started dancing together while dating and won many dancing awards at Miami’s Bayfront Park Auditorium. Both are retired – Tony worked as a firefighter in Dade County for 30 years, and Linda served as an executive administrative assistant in the banking and airline industries. Linda is currently one of the “Golden Oldies” dancers for the Miami Heat.