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Michael Bray, founder and owner of Passion Vines, will strut his stuff on the dance floor with partner Kim Pacitti.

Michael Bray, Founder and Director of Operations, Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company

A local entrepreneur with multiple accolades under his belt, Michael Bray serves on numerous business, government, non-profit and community boards, including John R. Elliott HERO Society, and the Rotary Club of Somers Point. His company has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s "most philanthropic" by New Jersey Monthly. Michael and his wife of 10 years Kimberly have two young children, Dylan and Jocelyn. Though his first reaction when asked to participate in “Dancing Under the A.C. Stars” was “I can’t dance,” he said yes anyway. As he has come to learn more about the mission of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, he has become even more committed to making sure everyone within his community has food, help and hope. “And,” he says, “If my dancing can help that … dance on!”

Kim Pacitti, Esthetician and retired professional dancer

Kim Pacitti was offered her first professional dance gig on a cruise ship just after graduating high school, and then spent most of her career as a professional dancer. Her career highlights include performing in “Starstruck” and “Love and Kisses” at Merv Griffin’s Resorts; Folllies Bergere at Tropicana Las Vegas; and ”Legends in Concert” at Bally’s and The Claridge in Atlantic City. After suffering a career-ending knee injury, Pacitti stayed at home with her children before beginning a new career as an esthetician. Against the odds, Pacitti was offered to perform again, both in Legends in Concert, and now in "Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars," where she is excited to share her passion for dance as well as raise money for the Community FoodBank.