Friday, September 19, 2014

Derby resident shines in 'Dancing With Our Heroes' competition

Gus Williams, with dancing partner Monika Barska,
receives his scores from the judges at the
"Dancing With Our Heroes" competition Saturday
at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Barska is a '96 graduate of Derby High School.

DERBY >> Resident Gus Williams recently competed in the "Dancing With Our Heroes" fund-raiser and took 3rd place in the Foxtrot category.

Williams is an Army veteran. "After joining the John H. Collins Post 24 in Derby in 1977, he joined the B-Centennial Flag Team. In 1993 his post honored him with an honorary, PULF, life membership. About the same time he was welcomed into the forty and eight and became an Honorary Life Member in the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans In Canada, United States division. He is a member of the Catholic War Veteran’s, AMVETS, ELKS, NRA, National Vice Commanders Club, Past Department Commanders Club and the Great Hill Fish and Game club. Gus is an American Legion past National Vice Commander and a Hall of Fame Inductee," his bio states.

Watch him dance here, starting at 36:00 and ending at 47:00. His contestant number is 593. 
"The City of Derby wishes him congratulations on his fine performance," Marc J. Garofalo, town/city clerk, said in a written release.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Friends of Fisher House Connecticut for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the West Haven VA, according to the "Dancing With Our Heroes" website.

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