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Fundraiser dances up $10,186 to fight cancer
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The fight against cancer took a turn on the dance floor Saturday night as the second annual Dancing With Our Stars was held at Bridgestone Learning Center.
With some nifty moves and well-choreographed routines, seven couples, one group, and one solo dancer competed for disco trophies with the ultimate goal of raising money for cancer.
Keri Curtis Morton and the 1980s Pioneerettes won the title of grand champion, which went to the entry that raised the most money. Andy Grissom and Alicia Lawson won the people’s choice award, which went to the dance team which gained the most votes from the audience. It was $1 per vote.
Event organizer Elaine Lawson said Dancing With Our Stars cleared $10,186 with an attendance of 375 people. That’s a big leap from the first year, which raised $6,800 and had an attendance of 175.
“Everybody was so awesome,” Elaine Lawson said. “Andrew Grissom and Alicia Lawson did the cha-cha to Aretha Franklin’s song “Chain of Fools” and it was really good. Kelly and Cynthia Basham did their routine on roller skates to “The Rose” by Bette Midler and it was really good too. I don’t know if it could have gone any better. We had all types of music from hip hop to country.”
Other couples participating were Jana and Keeper Hendrix, Mark Hale and Jennifer Wilcher, Dave and Cydney Langford, Mike Lorance and B.J. Meeks, and Andy and Mary Richardson. Ted Turner participated as a solo dancer.
All money raised goes to Relay for Life. Lawson said she was pleased to see several Relay for Life teams in attendance. As for next year, Lawson said she is already making plans.
“People are already asking me what I’m going to do for next year and I have some ideas,” she said. “One thing I’m thinking about is incorporating a kids competition for kids 12-and-other, either during this or as its own separate event. I’m going to jot down a bunch of ideas now and then look at them a few months from now to see what I think.”