Ringwood Cabaret Charity Brings Out Locals, Pros

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Experienced cabaret performers from New York will meet Ringwood's own talent as the performers join together for St. Catherine of Bologna's fundraiser Feb. 13.

Cabaret performers take the stage for Ringwood's 2015 event.
Cabaret performers take the stage for Ringwood's 2015 event. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fran Giannini Leonardis

The 8 p.m. show follows up last year's debut of the cabaret experience in Ringwood, organizer Fran Giannini Leonardis said. The event will benefit Cabaret Cares, a non-profit for children with HIV or AIDS.

Leonardis started cabaret performances five years ago and wanted to use her passion to help others.

"I figured I'm a housewife from New Jersey so I'm going to see what I can do," she told Daily Voice, "and I wound up going back every week."

Diana Roth-Fili, fellow coordinator from St. Catherine, said they aim to provide a unique setting in a stress-free atmosphere during Valentine's Day weekend.

"We make a beautiful event out of it," Roth-Fili said. "You don't really feel like you're in a parish center at all. It becomes a very intimate setting."

The Ringwood parish at 112 Erskine Road also makes for an easier trip to see a cabaret show compared to a trek to New York, Leonardis said.

Leonardis said around 100 people attended last year during a snowy night. They're hoping for better weather this time, she said.

Tickets are $90 per couple and include dinner and the show. Guests can bring their own drinks.

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