There’s no doubt that I have two left feet. I’m fairly certain that my hips are set in concrete. So why in the world am I a contestant in a dance competition?
I can answer that question in one word: opportunity. By participating in the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s Fifth Annual Boca’s Ballroom Battle, I am helping to provide opportunity to deserving students who otherwise might not be able to continue their education beyond high school. By getting out on a dance floor and publicly embarrassing myself, I am helping outstanding young people to realize their dreams.
Is it worth it? Absolutely. “Without the Snow Scholarship, my dream of becoming a teacher would not have been fulfilled due to my inability to pay for coursework,” one recipient says. “Without the scholarship I received, college would not have been a possibility for me,” says another. “I was able to graduate with no outstanding loans or debts to be paid.”
Since its inception 30 years ago, the George Snow Scholarship Fund has assisted more than 1,300 students with over $5.4 million in scholarships and educational grants. This year alone, the fund awarded more than $502,000 in scholarships to 73 students.
Because I feel so strongly about the importance of the George Snow Scholarship Fund’s mission and the opportunities it provides, I would like to invite you to witness my public embarrassment in person by purchasing a ticket to Boca’s Ballroom Battle, which takes place on Friday, August 17, at 6 p.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. You can cheer me on (or offer your sympathies) as I compete with seven other much better dancers from our community for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.
If you’re unable to attend, I strongly suggest and respectfully request that you make a donation to the George Snow Scholarship Fund in support of my participation in Boca’s Ballroom Battle. There are also opportunities to advertise in the event program if you are so inclined. You can donate right from this page by clicking on the “DONATE” link at the right. Please select me as the dancer you are supporting when you make your donation.
As you know, I don’t do anything half-heartedly and – despite my obvious shortcomings as a dancer − I am taking this competition very seriously. I have been building up my strength, endurance and flexibility for over a year. I’ve been taking dancing lessons for several months and promise to perform to the best of my ability. I can assure you that you’ll be entertained, to say the least.
Do YOU think I can dance? Seeing is believing − and seeing in person is even better!
Bob Gittlin is president of The JKG Group. Since acquiring the company, Bob has guided JKG’s expansion from a small printing and graphics company into a multifaceted provider of marketing and corporate communications solutions to national clients in a wide range of industries. JKG was named “Business of the Year” by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and “Vendor of the Year” by Royal Caribbean International in 2007. Bob is a recipient of the Boca Raton Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Award.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and raised in New Jersey, Bob graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance.
Bob has always been passionate about participating in the non-profit and philanthropic community in South Florida. He serves on the board of directors of the Golden Bell Education Foundation, which he is pleased to support because of the extraordinary work the organization does to enhance education for children in Boca Raton. He has made countless appearances as Santa Claus for non-profit organizations during the holiday season and, this past December, played Santa for the largest Christmas party for children with cancer in South Florida hosted by the Children’s Caring Cancer Center.
Numerous non-profit organizations have recognized Bob and The JKG Group for their generous support of the community. He was nominated by the Golden Bell Foundation in 2011 for a Men With Caring Hearts Award. In December 2010, Bob was honored with the inaugural Ambassadors Award from the Office Depot Foundation in recognition of his efforts to assist the organization in making a difference to children, families and communities around the world.
His proudest achievement is raising his son, Grant Gittlin. A graduate of Princeton University, Grant is Chief of Stuff for the Chairman and CEO of MediaLink in New York and Los Angeles.