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Fort Vancouver National Trust’s “Dancing with the Local Stars” Raises $170,000
Jane Cook wins competition by raising largest donation total
The Fort Vancouver National Trust has reported that Saturday’s Dancing with the Local Stars raised $170,000. The net proceeds will support the Trust’s programs at the Fort Vancouver National Site.
The September 7th dance competition at the Hilton Vancouver was attended by nearly 400people. Nine local “stars” were partnered with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors and taught dance routines. The community was encouraged to “vote” for their favorite dancer with their dollars both online and at the event. The dancer who raised the most money was declared the winner.
This year’s winner is Jane Cook, a social media strategist. Cook performed a Cha-cha with her dance partner Phil Auer, Arthur Murray dance instructor and franchisee of the Vancouver, Portland, and Beaverton Authur Murray Studios.
Each of the celebrity dancers was awarded a trophy for categories voted on by the audience. The celebrity dancers and their awards are:
- - Rob Cloke - Most Outrageous
- Jane Cook - Best Technical
- Linda Glover – Best Costume
- Amit Gosalia – Best Overall Dance Performance
- Bart Hansen – Fan Favorite
- Jim Mains – Most Creative
- Dellan & Rachel Redjou – Best Natural Talent
- Robert Stewart – Best Entrance
- Shannon Walker - Most Charismatic
2013 winner Jane Cook commented, “I am delighted this year’s group of dancers broke the all-time record for funds raised at a single Dancing with the Local Stars event. The success of the event is indicative of our community’s generosity and the efforts of all the dancers. I’m proud of what we accomplished.”
“Without the hard work of these nine community stars this event would not be possible,” said Elson Strahan, President and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. “We are immensely grateful for their dedication and support.”