The return of Dancing With the Local Stars to Clark County’s inventory of favorite fundraisers was a success last night at Windy Hills Winery.
Scot Brantley and Jeff Swanson would agree.
Brantley, project manager for Clark County Public Works earned the mirror ball trophy as Grand Champion of the event, raising nearly $3,000 for Rotary youth programs and community service projects. Swanson, Battle Ground city manager, was given the award for Best Dance at the event. Both dancers earned perfect scores of 40 from the judges.
The fundraiser brought in donations totaling nearly $13,000 from the Local Stars, who solicited donations over the two months that they also learned a dance and rehearsed for the event.
“This was our first major fundraiser, and we are so proud of the way it turned out,” said club President Susanne Holmberg. “Our first class of local stars was amazing, the professional dancers were fantastic, donors were generous, and the venue was beautiful.”
Local Stars included Brantley, Clark County Councilmember John Blom, WSU Vancouver Professor Dr. Dene Grigar, Legacy Salmon Creek Public & Community Relations Consultant Kelly Love, Sweet Spot Skirts Owner Stephanie Lynn, and Swanson.
First Dance LLC, owned by Vancouver’s Ralph Stevens, produced the event and provided dance instructors Aaron Siebol, Brett Graham, Galaxy Slight, Kristina Hendrickson, and Susan Vandervlugt. Stevens also instructed and emceed.
Celebrity judges were Holmberg, La Center Mayor Greg Thornton, Battle Ground Mayor Mike Dalesandro, and professional dance instructor Melinda Piekstra.
Love and Stevens kicked off the evening with a waltz to Phantom of the Opera; Lynn and Graham performed a foxtrot to New York New York; Brantley and Hendrickson spiced up the event with a salsa to Viva; Blom and Slight channeled the King of Pop with a cha cha to Pretty Young Thing; Grigar and Siebol brought the beach with a rumba to Kokomo; and Swanson and Vandervlugt brought down the house with a west coast swing to Jailhouse Rock.
The event, which was produced in Clark County for the first time since 2014 when The Historic Trust last conducted it, sold out two weeks early. Historic Trust CEO Mike True was one of the 130 people in the full house.
Frontier Landscaping was the title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors included Prestige Development, Paul Montague Tax Preparation, Ginn Realty Group, Waste Connections, Principal, American Family Insurance Tina Vlachos Agency, Impact Wealth Management, Northwest Personal Training, Specialty Graphics Solutions, Vesta Hospitality, The Historic Trust, Corwin Beverage, Riverhouse on the Deschutes & Wunderlust Tours, Best Western Agate Beach & The Bay House restaurant, Double Fifth Dragon Boating, Ethereal Meads, the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, and Windy Hills Winery.