Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster reels in Ruth Hoyte during their performance during the Dancing with Vernon Stars at the Vernon Recreation Centre on Friday.  The event Dancing with the Vernon Stars is a fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster reels in Ruth Hoyte during their performance during the Dancing with Vernon Stars at the Vernon Recreation Centre on Friday. The event Dancing with the Vernon Stars is a fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Spotlight shines for Hospice society

Coldstream firefighter Tim Green and wife Shelagh were on fire, heating up the stage to win Dancing with the Vernon Stars Friday

Coldstream firefighter Tim Green and wife Shelagh were on fire, heating up the stage to win Dancing with the Vernon Stars Friday.

Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster and dance partner Ruth Hoyte also collected some hardware, the Community Award, for raising the most money – $6,550.

But the biggest winner of the sixth annual event was the North Okanagan Hospice Society, which will benefit from the nearly $25,000 raised from the event.

“We couldn’t be happier how the community pulled together to make this event a huge success,” said Jennifer Strachan, event publicist.

The sold-out event saw seven couples compete, each raising funds for Hospice through online votes.

Along with the winning pairs, the participants who worked equally hard to master their moves were: Barb and Phil Levesque, Connie and Gerhard Traxel, Colleen and Brent Barker, Audrey Sutton and Doug Fairweather and Vicki Eidi and Andrew Kern.

Along with all the stunning performances, guests were also treated to a glamorous evening.

“Our red carpet and photo op for all our guests with Heath Fletcher taking the photos from Sproing Creative  and VantageOne Credit Union sponsoring was a new feature and a big hit, as well we didn’t have a spare seat in the house,” said Strachan.