Back after a "pandemic pivot" in 2021, Dancing with the Local Stars is set for the 2022 run at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
“It is so exciting to share that Dancing with the Local Stars presented by Banner Bank will be back, live and in person,” said Club President Nelson Holmberg. “With eight wonderful locally well-known leaders stepping into the spotlight next February, we expect to be one of the first large-scale fundraisers to be back in person. That's ironic, since 'Dancing’ was the last major in-person fundraiser in 2020 before the Covid shutdown.”
In March 2020, one week before the shutdown due to the emergence of Covid, Dancing with the Local Stars raised more than $42,000 as Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections won the Grand Championship by raising more than $10,000. The judges determined Azar Ghiasvand of Banner Bank to be the Best Dance winner for her reprisal of the salsa in the closing scene of the movie Dirty Dancing, complete with both lifts.
This year, the cast of Dancing with the Local Stars includes Angie Cherry (Hometown Lenders Mortgage), Kinsey Dhoot (Rotary Club of Three Creeks), Heidi Johnson Bixby (Johnson Bixby & Associates), Sarah Laughlin (Fuel Medical Group), Ryan Montoya (Goosehead Insurance), James Oneil (Columbia Credit Union), Thomas O'Sullivan (ilani Casino Resort) and Nathan Stafford (Banner Bank).
The eight local stars will compete for the Grand Championship with the funds that they will work to raise between now and the event on February 6. 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 similar to the TV show that inspires the fundraiser.
With the money raised in the 2020 Dancing with the Local Stars, the Three Creeks club was able to award three $7,000 grants – one each to the North County Community Food Bank, Clark County Food Bank and FISH of Vancouver. The club has also made several smaller grants to nonprofits in the community – including the purchase of 50 new stuffed animals to donate to children in the pediatric unit at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center just before Christmas.
Total donations, since the club's founding in 2016, exceed $80,000.
After the Rotary Club of Three Creeks (Vancouver, Wash.) completed its annual fundraiser in the spring of 2021 - a pandemic pivot from Dancing with the Local Stars to Dining with the Local Stars - the club granted $6,500 to the Clark College Foundation in appreciation of Chef Aaron Guerra's work as the club's culinary consultant and lead judge for the fundraiser.
That grant was earmarked for Clark's Early Childhood Development program and Chef Aaron - head of the culinary arts program at the college - would be able to help guide the expenditure of the money.
In its periodical, the Clark College Foundation featured a story about what Chef Aaron did to help the children during some tough times.
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There’s a new foundation in town with a connection to the Rotary Club of Three Creeks.
Earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation was formed, and the board met for the first time – officially – since its charter.
As active as the Rotary Club of Three Creeks has been over the first five years of its existence, it made sense for the club to provide the opportunity for donors to get tax deductible receipts for their contributions to the community through Rotary.
“That’s really why we formed the Foundation,” said Dan Sockle, the founding chair of the Foundation’s board of directors. “We’ve given more than $80,000 to nonprofits in our community and have been very grateful to take donations from our fundraisers and turn them into doing good within the community.”
Going forward, the primary fundraiser – Dancing with the Local Stars – and giving programs, both major gifts and smaller grants to nonprofits across the community, will be carried out by the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation, which has 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Three Creeks club members have established priority areas of community focus: children, veterans, homeless and hungry.
“The Three Creeks Foundation intends to identify and help those most in need, where our donations can have the greatest impact,” Sockle said. “We welcome grant inquiries from nonprofits around the community.”
Working with Sockle on the club Foundation’s board are Kelley Campbell (treasurer), Jim Selby (secretary) along with directors Wendy Bukoski and Brian Heimbigner.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks was chartered on October 7, 2016 and has already completed 62 service projects with nearly $50,000 of economic impact to the community.