After reaching record-setting numbers for the fourth consecutive year, Dancing with the Local Stars is set for its 2023 show at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Saturday, March 4, 2023.
Dancing with the Local Stars is presented by Parlour 73 of Battle Ground.
“Dancing with the Local Stars is, quite possibly, the most exciting fundraiser of the year, as evidenced by its long history of sellout crowds,” said Club President Andi Costello. “Three Creekers believe in service above self and the funds to help the hungry, homeless, at-risk youth in our community. We believe that a fun and festive evening with local talent and a bit of competition brings out the best of our community to raise funds to make a difference all over Clark County.”
Since 2018, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks has hosted Dancing with the Local Stars, taking it over from the Historic Trust. The club formed a non-profit foundation in 2021 to take over the event so that donations could be tax deductible. In five seasons of Dancing with the Local Stars, and one season of “Dining with the Local Stars” – a video production that was the club’s pivot during the pandemic in March 2021 – the club has raised more than $100,000 and has distributed significant aid to food pantries across the community, and to non-profit organizations that assist children, veterans and homeless primarily in north Clark County, but all across the county where there is need.
This year, the cast of Dancing with the Local Stars includes Jesse Braman (Pivotal Painting & Rotary Club of Three Creeks), Natalie Grushevskiy-Rybak (Aerista Aviation), Marykay Lamoureaux (Ridgefield Main Street Association), Shana O’Brien (Cascadia NW Real Estate), Brad Richardson (Clark County Historical Museum), Angie White-Swanson (teacher, Evergreen Public Schools), Mitchell Wilder(Frito Lay), Dr. Weiya Wysham (Compass Oncology), and Paul Van Der Salm (Heritage Bank).
The nine local stars will compete for the grand championship with the funds that they will work to raise between now and the event on March 4. Funds raised during the event may also be allocated to the donor's favorite local stars to help that star win the Mirror Ball Trophy.
A panel of four judges will determine the best dancer, in fashion like the TV show that inspires the fundraiser. The judges are Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, the club’s Immediate Past President Nelson Holmberg, and a professional dance instructor with ballroom judging experience. The final judge will be a member of the audience who wins a raffle on the night of the event to take that seat on the stage. For the third year, KGW Reporter Tim Gordon will serve as emcee of the event.
More information about the event – and opportunities to donate to the local stars – is available online at www.dancingwiththelocalstars.com.
Marisol Aguirre's proposed membership has been approved by the club's board of directors and she is tentatively scheduled for induction to the club at our meeting this Thursday.
She is branch manager at Riverview Bank and has been in banking since 1995, mostly in the Portland/Beaverton area. She's been a member of the Vancouver/Clark County community for about five years and is excited to be the newest Rotarian in the World when she is inducted into the Rotary Club of Three Creeks.
Welcome to the club Marisol!
The 2023-24 Rotary Club of Three Creeks board of directors have been elected, and updated bylaws have been approved, by club members via our regular annual election process.
Those who have been elected to represent the membership in the coming Rotary year - effective July 1, 2023 - are:
President: Kinsey Dhoot
President Elect: Ryan Hart
President Elect Nominee: Kristi Straight
Immediate Past President: Andi Costello
Secretary: Susanne Holmberg
Treasurer: Jesse Braman
Sergeant at Arms: John Sandstrom
Service Projects Director: Tina Vlachos
Membership Director: Carol Mackey
Club Administration Director: Charla Burke
Public Image Director: Kathy Pickett
The Rotary Foundation Director: Brian Heimbigner.