TO BENEFIT JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE
Professionally Choreographed Dance Competition - Dinner
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How long have you lived in Cincinnati?
I have lived in Cincinnati all my life. I am a stepmom to Ryan, 20, a student at University of Cincinnati (Go 'Cats!) and mom to Asa, 12, a student at Seven Hills School. I grew up in Sycamore schools, attended the University of Cincinnati where I wrote for the school paper, the UC News Record and graduated with a Philosophy degree. I've been married almost 16 years to my best friend, Daniel Guigui. We love to travel, fish and ski. I love learning new things and have had lots of hobbies including woodworking, writing, refinishing antiques, reading, and blogging. I know a little bit about a lot of things!
What is your profession?
I am currently a stay at home mom, but have owned a skin care and make up salon with my mom, Ginny Fisher, called Studio G. I have also been a yoga teacher, sold advertising for The American Israelite and worked for two years at Everything But the House.
What about your volunteer history?
I began volunteering in the Jewish Community as an adult in 2008 when I co-hosted Amberley Village Unplugged (RIP) with my neighbors, the Guttmans, in our front yard. That really opened the door to many invitations to continue participating on committees and boards with many of our great organizations. Felicia Zakem began inviting me to Young Adult Division of Federation events, including a focus group in 2010. In 2012 I was invited to join the board, and in 2014 began my term as the chair of the YAD board. We've had so many events and growth and changes over the last four years. Our Federation professionals, Felicia Zakem, Jeff Blumenthal, Jaynie Levinson and Emily Gilgoff have worked tirelessly over the last 10 years to continue to grow the impact and outreach we have to our young adults, which is no easy feat in the world we live in today. All of that experience has given me the confidence, experience, and dedication which will serve me and the Jewish community my whole life.
I served on the board of Adath Israel on the Membership Committee in 2009 and have volunteered on Adath's Mitzvah day and organized young adult events for the synagogue as well as participating in focus groups. I also have hosted and participated in Mitzvah Day at Adath Israel.
I first volunteered with the American Jewish Committee in 2012 volunteering on the Simon Lazarus Award committee. I was then asked to join the AJC board in 2013 and attended the first of many trips to Washington DC and Chicago as an advocate. Diplomacy, education, and debate are important cornerstones of the work that AJC does and I was thrilled to join the executive board in 2017 as treasurer.
I have also volunteered at Seven Hills School as the lead parent fundraiser for the Seven Hills Parent fund for four years. I was a reading tutor for Be The Change in the Cincinnati Public school for two years beginning in 2012. I was very proud and excited to volunteer for the first time at Cincinnati Pride day last year and look forward to doing it again this year.
What are your hobbies?
I love learning new things and have had lots of hobbies including woodworking, writing, refinishing antiques, reading, traveling, fishing and blogging. I know a little bit about a lot of things!
What’s your best dancing asset?
I have been a fan of the Dancing With Our Stars event since its inception and have always hoped to be asked to participate. I was privileged to be invited two years ago and then tore my ACL in a ski fall. I have been working hard to get back to my top strength hoping I would be asked again!
I have always loved shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and was glued to MTV and reruns of Soul Train and Dick Clark's American Bandstand as a kid. I took Hip Hop classes in middle school with our fellow Star Matt Hiudt, and we did a performance together for E.H. Greene Schools talent show! I love music, it's an important part of every day for me and my family.
My best asset is that I think I can dance like the people on my favorite shows. And my worst asset is that I think I can dance like the people on my favorite shows. I am a karaoke mic hog and love to dance at weddings and bar mitzvahs. My family is proud that I am dancing and probably not very surprised. I really hope to show them that I am as good as I think I am and I plan to work really hard to get there!
What inspired you to dance for Jewish Family Service?
I have yet to work directly with Jewish Family Service, but I have seen firsthand that they are a vital part of supporting our community, and not just the Jewish Community. I have friends in the gay community who are helped by Adoption Connection. Their Heldman Family Food Pantry on HUC's campus not only serves as the only Kosher food pantry in Cincinnati but serves the Clifton community at large. I cannot wait to raise thousands of dollars for them!
There are so many diverse organizations in Cincinnati who are all striving to serve, and it can feel difficult where to put your time and your dollars. I truly believe that there is no wrong choice. We all need support, especially between the organizations, to serve the community the way we are supposed to. Interagency learning and support only serves to strengthen our missions and continue the work we do for the coming generations. I'm thrilled that my friend and neighbor Liz Vogel joined JFS last year and can't wait to do more to grow our dollars and our volunteers at JFS.
What don't we know about you that would make someone want to support you?
JFS has personally impacted me this year as they help me care for my great aunt. I didn't know how much help is available to anyone in our community and I hope to share that information with as many people as possible!
What did your family say when you told them you were dancing?
My husband is very proud of me, my kids are very embarrassed by me.
Dreams do come true! Thank you for stopping by my page! It has been my dream to dance for this organization since the very first Dancing With Our Stars. JFS supports so many vital services for the Cincinnati and it is my honor to raise as much money as possible for them to keep going!
Check back here for updates on my journey, fun videos and to find out about the incredible work the Jewish Family Service is doing in our city!
Brooke Guigui is raising money for Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati by competing in the 2018 Dancing with our Stars gala on November 3, 2018. Your support helps strengthen lives in times of need.
Jewish Family Service, a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, strengthens lives of people in times of need by providing social services that guide them along their road to stability, self-reliance, and personal growth.
Your support helps us promote stability and wellness to families experiencing hunger and mental illness; mentor youth toward reaching their highest potential in school and life; and assist older adults with the help they need to manage their independence and live the best quality life possible.
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