CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – The hottest fundraiser event tickets in town are for Dancing with the Local Stars, presented by Parlour 73.
The event, originally set for 300 guests, sold out in less than a month. And with just over three weeks before the event – Saturday, March 4 at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield – organizers have added six more tables, and may consider adding even more, should ticket sales remain brisk.
Dancing with the Local Stars this year is presented by Parlour 73 of Battle Ground.
Tickets can be purchased on the event website, www.dancingwiththelocalstars.com, for $100 each or a table of 10 for $1,000.
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. The club has raised more than $180,000 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.
The event has sold out every year since 2018.
The 2023 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). 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 Rotary 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.
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