Event raises nearly $17,000 for youth leadership, literacy programs and service projects
RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – Kelley Campbell hustled her way to both the best dance and Grand Champion honors at the Rotary Club of Three Creeks’ annual Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 fundraiser.
Themed “A Night at the Movies”, the event was held at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield on Saturday, March 23.
“After last year’s success, we are so excited and proud that our Local Stars were record-setting,” said Rotary of Three Creeks President Nelson Holmberg. “It was a thrill to see the dancers not only get into the role of their character, but it was also really fun to see the creativity and collaboration they put into their fundraising.
“We are so appreciative about how the local stars, fellow Rotarians and the community supported us.”
Campbell, owner of Specialty Graphic Solutions in Salmon Creek, as the last of six stars to dance, performed a hustle with instructor Aaron Siebol to “Disco Inferno” from the movie Saturday Night Fever. Her costume and her moves wowed the crowd and the judges, who scored her dance a 39 out of 40. Kevin Getch, owner of Webfor, was second in the judges’ scores with a 38 of 40. Getch and his instructor Rachel Lidskog performed a stunning Viennese waltz to “Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.
Campbell also raised a total of $4,063 for the Rotary Club, followed closely by Mill Creek Pub owner Russell Brent’s $4,033. Third place was Mike Filbin, owner of Filbin’s Ace Hardware, who raised $3,134.
Brent performed to “Can’t Fight this Feeling” from the movie Trolls. Filbin’s dance was to “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll” from the movie Risky Business. Sandra Day, Ridgefield City Council Member performed the role of Sandra Dee to “You’re the One That I want” from Grease. Maureen Montague of Columbia Springs performed to “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia.
“This turned into a series of smiles,” said First Dance Productions founder, and event producer, Ralph Stevens. “These dancers really started at doubt and it very, very quickly turned to confidence. These stars were pushed beyond the limits of their own expectations and they embraced it. They performed, they bonded, and they had fun.”
The fundraiser brought in donations totaling nearly $17,000 from the Local Stars, who solicited donations over three months while also learning their dance and rehearsing for the event.
First Dance Productions, owned by Stevens, produced the event and provided dance instructors Siebol, Lidskog, Dani Synarski and Melinda Piekstra. Stevens also instructed and served as emcee.
Judges for the event were KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, WSU Vancouver professor Dene Grigar, and professional dance instructor Brett Graham. Valerie Dewitz won a raffle to be an audience member serving as judge.
The event sold out for the second consecutive year at Windy Hills Winery.
Sponsors of the event included: Opsahl Dawson Certified Public Accountants, Insure North America, Vesta Hospitality, ilani Resort, Sherwin Williams Protective and Marine Coatings, Specialty Graphics Solutions, First Dance Productions, Riverhouse on the Deschutes, Best Western Plus Agate Beach & Local Ocean Seafoods, Double Fifth Dragon Boating, Clark County Historical Museum and Windy Hills Winery.