News 8’s Kent Pierce is dancing for a cause


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Every Wednesday for the past couple months, News 8 reporter Kent Pierce has been spending an hour in a place he never thought he’d be: The Arthur Murray dance studio in Hamden, learning the foxtrot.

That is where he and Jennifer Covitz, his friend from back in high school, are practicing a routine they will perform at the “Dancing for Donation” gala for the charity Donate Life CT.

“A nice, comfortable, flirty piece and I think it’s going to work really well with you guys,” dance instructor Christopher Blotney told Kent. “You’re doing fantastic.”

Fantastic? we’ll see, but Jen and Kent did go on CT Style this morning to dance and talk about Donate Life. It is the charity that encourages and coordinates organ donation in Connecticut. Allison Cubbellotti was on the show, too. She knows how important organ donation is, because she needed a liver transplant when she was 19 years old.

“Nobody seemed to be a match for me,” Cubbellotti remembers. “So the word got out around my college, actually, and the President sent the email to the school and an anonymous donor decided he was going to get tested.”

He was a match, he donated a portion of his liver, and now Allison is a nurse. She and her boyfriend are dancing at the gala, too.

“It’s been really fun,” said Cubbelotti. “It’s been challenging, but it’s been super fun and I’m really excited for the gala.”

The gala is not until March 18th, so all 11 couples competing have some more time to practice.

“Well, you know, I haven’t taken a dance class in years,” explained Covitz. “I’ve tapped in my adult life, and tap dancing is where I’m comfortable, so this pulled me out of my comfort zone a little bit.”

All 500 tickets to the gala have sold out already. You can still donate and support the charity, and the dance team of your choice by going to: http://www.ctorganandtissuedonation.org/gala2016.html

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