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My View: Direct View From Palm Beach – The Actors Fund Dancers In Transition Gala

My View: Direct View From Palm Beach – The Actors Fund Dancers In Transition Gala

The 9th Annual Heart & Soul Gala chaired by Palm Beach’s Anka Palitz and honoring Wendy Whelan and Dr. Omar & Cheryl Almallah was held at The Breakers last night.  Check out the VIDEO and photos.

The evening featured incredible dancing by the Boca Ballet and Ballet Palm Beach. Rob Russel, one of the “talented voices of Palm Beach” was the MC and vocalist for the festivities and Palm Beach’s favorite auctioneer Jay Zeager was on hand to help the evening become a financial success for Dancers in Transition.   Dr. Omar & Cheryl Almallah displayed their elegant and sophisticated Ballroom dancing and the Heart & Soul Gala guests courageously joined in.  Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet shared her moving “transition” story with the audience as did Mary Roberts. The Actors Fund CEO Joseph Benincasa was also on hand to address the Heart & Soul Gala.  This was a graceful evening on all levels. Congratulations to Anka Palitz and her co-chairs Lois Pope and  Ann Van Ness.

Another article by Stephen & complete photos of the Gala on

Anka Palitz & Lois Pope

Cheryl Almallah & Dr. Omar Almallah

Joseph Benincasa, CEO The Actors Fund

Wendy Whelan

Ann Van Ness, Anka Palitz, Lois Pope

Eda Sorokoff, Joseph Benincasa, Paula Kaminsky Davis

Eda Sorokoff & Lois Pope

Rob Russell

Evie Holtzman, Eda Sorokoff, Seymour Holtzman

Miss Miami Beach (Genesis Davilla, & Stephen Sorokoff


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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