Dan Gross: Dancing up a storm for a good cause

Ronald Reagan's legacy will be addressed by Daily News' Will Bunch (right).
Ronald Reagan's legacy will be addressed by Daily News' Will Bunch (right).
Posted: February 07, 2011

JUST WHEN YOU thought there was enough to make fun of us about, we can now report that Your Humble Narrator will be competing in the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars, to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America's Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter, April 10 at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing.

We're facing tough competition from City Representative Melanie Johnson; KYW NewsRadio 1060's Hadas Kuznits; fashion designer Kristin Haskins-Simms, of Strangefruit, and a contestant on "Project Runway"; Maria Papadakis, daughter of late Drexel President Constantine Papadakis; Lorina Marshall Blake, VP of Government Relations at Independence Blue Cross; Girard College President Autumn Graves; Philadelphia Style editor Kristin Munro; AIDS Fund executive director Robb Reichard; and model Shari Williams, also communications specialist at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

All of the amateurs are being partnered with professional dancers from the Society Hill Dance Academy (2nd & Pine).

Tickets for the 5 to 10 p.m. event are $100 and available at dancingwiththephiladelphiastars.com, or by calling 215-471-8686.

Sexy stars sample Sampan

With Sampan (124 S. 13th) turning into a destination for porn stars, can a visit from Charlie Sheen be far off?

Berks County porn queen Gina Lynn dined at the Asian-fusion restaurant Saturday night. She danced Friday at Delilah's (100 Spring Garden) after 610 WIP's Wing Bowl. A few nights earlier, Mary Carey, adult-film sensation turned reality-show star, stopped by. She was here dancing at the World Famous Gold Club (1415 Chancellor).

Later she had drinks at the Ritz-Carlton with Sampan chef Michael Schulson, Where Philadelphia publisher Laura Burkhardt and a few more friends. Carey, who is mulling a 2016 White House bid, served as a Wing Bowl Wingette.

While she thinks Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is hotter, Carey, a big sports fan, predicted a 24-21 Steelers victory.

Donovan in Vegas, not Dallas

While many NFL players partied in Dallas over Super Bowl weekend, Donovan McNabb hung out in Vegas, where he stopped Friday at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops, inside Planet Hollywood.

Dressed in a sweat suit and joined by a friend, McNabb enjoyed a feast of queso dip, tacos, rice, beans and a salad, and signed a couple of autographs.

People's Paper people

_ Daily News senior writer Will Bunch is featured in the HBO documentary "Reagan," which premieres tonight. Bunch is the author of "Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy." The film, by Eugene Jarecki, premiered at Sundance.

As you may have seen everywhere, Reagan would have turned 100 yesterday.

* We reported a few weeks ago that fake-news weekly The Onion would soon launch a Philadelphia edition. Now former Daily News copy editor Emily Guendelsberger, who recently worked as arts and entertainment editor at the Philadelphia Weekly, has been named city editor for local A&E content of the paper that debuts March 3.

Guendelsberger says that she's been a huge fan of The Onion's entertainment section, the A.V. Club, for years.

Pizzi's on the mend

Best wishes to NBC 10's Justin Pizzi, who will be off air for about a month while recuperating from surgery to replace two discs in his neck. He underwent the surgery last week at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Pizzi says that he's been in pain for two long years but isn't certain of the nature of his injury.

Stinson at the North Star

Tommy Stinson's been touring the world with Guns N' Roses, but the former Replacements bassist brings his own combo to the North Star Bar (27th & Poplar) on Feb. 18. Stinson is performing with his fiancee, Emily Roberts, singing and her uncle Chip Roberts playing guitar.

Chip's wife, 102.9 WMGK's Debbi Calton, says, "I'm a tad biased, but the new music is really good."

The group's recorded for an upcoming release and is also playing New York, Boston and Arlington on its mini-tour to preview some of that material. Tickets are $8 at northstarbar.com.

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