The 2015 Dancing with the Vernon Stars fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society is Oct. 2.

The 2015 Dancing with the Vernon Stars fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society is Oct. 2.

Stars to shine for Hospice

2015 Dancing with the Vernon Stars fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society takes place Oct. 2 at the Vernon Recreation Complex

The stars have aligned for Hospice House.

The 2015 Dancing with the Vernon Stars fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society takes place Oct. 2 at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

“This is a very big celebration for us and we want to encourage everyone to attend, vote for dancers online and dress to impress,” said Ruth Edwards, society executive director.

The event will showcase nine couples who believe they have what it takes to win one of the three coveted trophies: community favourite for the dancers who secure the most votes, fan favourite for the dancers who receive the most on-line votes and the judges’ favourite determined by a combination of scores.

The dancers preparing for the event are Sue and Pete Solymosi, Bonnie and Ed Huber, Sally and Todd Benson, Ellie and Curt Jensen, Susan and Jeff Prince, Heidi Klein and Taylor Belanger, Charmaine Scherck and Guy Basaraba, Roxy Rollins and Joe Marcotte and Sareena Nickoli and Brian Martin.

“We are so grateful to Ruth McGrath and Tracy Holly (with Ruth McGrath Dance Group) for coaching all the dance couples and getting them prepared to heat up the dance floor,” said Edwards.

“They teach with such passion and you will definitely see that throughout the event.”

Beyond the dancing, the event will include an auction, appetizers, music by the Legendary Lake Monsters and a cash bar.

“You can also buy more votes at the event to ensure your favourite couple will win,” said Edwards.

“It is a great date night or bring a group of friends. There’s lots of fun for everyone.”

You can also vote, for dance couples at

More than $45,000 has already been raised before the show even starts.

The diamond sponsors are Wayside Printing, VantageOne Credit Union, Sproing Creative, The Morning Star, Sun FM, Schubert Centre and Catherine Gardens. Other sponsors include Summit Financial, We Care Home Health Services, Hayden Fitness, and Nixon Wenger.

“Not only do we have fabulous sponsors, but we also have A-list judges on the panel,” said Edwards of Galina Labun, Akbal Mund, Rob Ellis and April-Lyn.

The event begins at 7 p.m., with show time at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation complex.

Tickets are almost sold out so for ticket purchase inquiries, e-mail


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