Heidi Klein and Taylor Belanger dance “The Argentine Tango” for the crowd at the dancing with Vernon Stars event held at the Vernon Recreation Centre on Friday Oct. 2. The couple raised the most money in support of the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Heidi Klein and Taylor Belanger dance “The Argentine Tango” for the crowd at the dancing with Vernon Stars event held at the Vernon Recreation Centre on Friday Oct. 2. The couple raised the most money in support of the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Vernon stars dance up $80,500 for Hospice

Record year as nine couple show their stuff in support of North Okanagan Hospice Society

  • Oct. 9, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Dancing with the Vernon Stars achieved a significant milestone.

A total of $80,500 was raised Oct. 2, the most ever for the event, with the funds going to the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results,” said Ruth Edwards, society executive director.

More than 320 people were entertained by the nine couples who took to the dance floor — 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.

Securing the community favourite and fan favourite awards were Klein and Belanger. They raised a record $11,500.

Second place was Scherck and Basaraba at $7,700.

“It was great fun to see the friendly, competitive camaraderie between the couples who were challenging each other to raise more votes,” said Edwards.

The winners for the judges favourite award were Sue and Pete Solymosi.

“All of the dancers excelled in their dance routines and costumes and they were enthusiastic from the very start,” said Edwards.

“We really do have more than just three winners.”

The dance portion of the event was produced by Ruth McGrath and Tracy Kaye Holly and they coached all of the couples. The judges were Galina Labun, Akbal Mund, Rob Ellis and April Lyn Kimble.

Event festivities also included a live auction conducted by Kevin Rothwell.

“Dancing with the Vernon Stars 2015 was an absolutely fabulous event. The dancers, the venue, the patrons, the energy – everything exceeded our expectations,” said Edwards.

“We elevated our fundraising goal this year to $80,000, and our sponsors, suppliers, dancers, coaches, judges and organizers exceeded all expectations. We are so thankful to all those who participated. On behalf of those we serve, we thank the community of the North Okanagan for their support of end-of-life care.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Greater Vernon Ringette Association is one of six Vernon sports groups benefitting from B.C.’s Local Sport Relief Fund. (Morning Star file photo)
Relief funds keep Okanagan in the game

Clubs at risk of closure due to inability to offer programs and fundraise

Clarence Fulton Secondary in Vernon reported its fourth exposure to the virus Thursday, Jan. 21, according to BC School Covid Tracker. (Kerry Hutter photo)
UPDATE: Five Vernon-area schools report positive COVID-19 cases

Schools in Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon have issued letters

A dirty white Dodge Ram similiar to this one was reportedly stolen and then involved in a hit and run on Highway 97 in Lake Country Jan. 16. (Contributed)
Stolen truck that rammed car in Lake Country sought

Man in his 30s seen driving white Dodge Ram

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Emergency worker Tyler Morgan prepares to administer a COVID-19 test at the Juneau International Airport. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
New COVID-19 cases down 40% in Vernon area: BC CDC

BC Centre of Disease Control reports 59 new cases for local health area; Armstrong sees slight rise

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

The steel mills in the Hamilton waterfront harbour are shown in Hamilton, Ont., on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Dyer: Stay the course on Carbon pricing

Kristy Dyer has a background in art and physics and consulted for Silicon Valley

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Voting is the number one, bare minimum way to have your voice heard by government. (File photo)
Jocelyn’s Jottings: Want to make change? Here are some suggestions

As a citizen you have a voice, you just have to know who to talk to

Hedley residents are advised to not drink the water until a pump in one of its wells is fixed. Photo Andrea DeMeer
Hedley residents under do-not-consume-water order due to arsenic levels

Residents in Hedley remain under a do-not-consume-water order, due to higher than… Continue reading

Scammers are luring people in with promises of online relationships, only to later extort money from their victims. (File photo)
Kelowna RCMP warn of ‘sextortion’ scams

RCMP say social media users should be cautious of unsolicited friend requests

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

City of West Kelowna mowing services have been moved in house, saving the city from a potential quarter-million dollar increase in costs. (Pixabay)
West Kelowna cuts mowing contract, saves over $200k

Since forming in 2007, the City of West Kelowna has been contracting out their mowing services

Copper Mountain Mine is Princeton’s largest employer, with approximately 460 workers. Spotlight file photo.
Princeton Copper Mountain Mine worker tests positive for COVID

Town’s largest employer stresses its commitment to safe practices

Most Read