The Razzle Dazzlers

Gary, Art, Eric, & Maddy

Maddy is a dynamic individual whose roots span continents, having been born in the Bay Area and spending part of their childhood both here and in the enchanting land of New Zealand. Whose career aspirations are as unique as a perfectly fitted bra, and whose heart is dedicated to uplifting others through both professional and philanthropic avenues. So, whether it's supporting women, championing mental health causes, or hitting the dance floor for a good cause, Maddy is always ready to reach for the stars and make a positive impact on the world.


Meet Eric Friederichs, a lifelong resident of Alamo and Danville, and proud graduate of Monte Vista High School. For over five decades, he has passionately owned and operated a metal manufacturing facility in San Jose, where he expresses his love for metalwork and crafting sculptures during rare moments of free time. Family is the cornerstone of his life, alongside a deep appreciation for art and a joy in helping others. Eric faced a challenging period in 2012 with a brain hemorrhage, leading to depression, but with support, he emerged stronger, now living with traumatic brain injury and depression. Despite balance issues from a subsequent stroke, he's taking on the challenge of dancing at Gary's request, driven by a love for charitable work and a desire to bring joy to others. Eric's story is one of resilience, dedication, and a commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those around him.

Eric Friederichs

Originally from Salt Lake City, Gary had a humble upbringing on a farm and went on to unexpected adventures in New York City and a successful career as a sales rep in California. In retirement, he continues to seek new and enjoyable experiences, with dancing at the gala being a particularly exciting venture. Gary's claim to dance qualification lies in the songs that accompany his skiing adventures, showcasing his rhythm for the dance floor. His goals for the Gala dance are simple: avoid falls and, more importantly, contribute to the worthy cause of Connections House. Gary's lighthearted approach to the dance reflects both a sense of fun and a genuine commitment to supporting a meaningful charity.

Gary Smith

Art Panella, a native of Oakland, California, retired after practicing Dentistry as an Endodontist for over 40 years. His passions include family, faith, and Chinese Martial Arts like Bok Fu Do and Tai Chi. Art's life was impacted by mental illness when his mother, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in the 1940s, tragically took her own life when he was just 6 years old. Art's journey is one of resilience, commitment to family and faith, and now, a willingness to dance for a charitable cause.

Art Panella