The Fort Vancouver National Trust is excited to announce that the 2013 Dancing with the Local Stars will kick-off on April 30! Due to its popularity, this year the Trust has extended the number of dancers from eight to ten community members. The dancers include City councilman, Bart Hansen; social media strategist, Jane Cook; owner of Main Distinction, consultant and co-host of the Vancouver Side, Jim Mains; owner of Smokey’s Pizza, Dellan Redjou; president of the SW Washington Labor Council, Shannon A. Walker; administrator of the Congregation Kol Ami synagogue, Amy Horn; executive director of Gifts for Our Community/Divine Consign, Linda Glover; audiologist, Amit Gosalia; personal trainer at NW Personal Training, Rob Cloke; and investment advisor for Columbia Credit Union, Robert Stewart. Each dancer has been paired with a dance instructor and will receive complimentary dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The star who raises the most money is declared the winner, thus the community is encouraged to “vote” with their dollars for their favorite dancer. Last year’s champion was Ed Barnes, chair of IBEW 48, who raised over $25,000. Donations are accepted online, by mailing a check to the Trust, or by donating at the event.
Not only has the event made changes in the number of dancers this year, but it also debuts at its new venue: the Vancouver Hilton, made possible through the Hilton’s Community Event program. Come support your favorite dancer on September 7! As the largest fundraising event for the Fort Vancouver National Trust, Dancing with the Local Stars raises approximately $115,000 annually to fund vital educational and celebrate freedom programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.
The Hilton is located at 301 West 6th Street, Vancouver, Washington. The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.