‘Dancing with the Stars’ for Riseup Society

Domestic violence outreach resource Riseup Society planning annual fundraiser to help Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Millet region

Riseup Society 'Dancing with the Stars' trophy

One of the biggest phenomenons on television recently has been “Dancing with the Stars,” where the audience enjoys watching celebrities cut the rug. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy a local version of the popular program.

Riseup Society of Alberta is organizing a Leduc-version of the show as part of their annual fundraising drive noted executive director Jacqueline Biollo.

“On November 19, 2016, Riseup Society will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the Wingate Hotel in Nisku,” stated Biollo in a press release. “The evening will include a short presentation on creating transformational community change, a silent auction, and our rendition of ‘Dancing with the Stars’.”

In an interview with the Pipestone Flyer, Biollo said she and Riseup Society board members and volunteers are working hard to recruit local celebrity dancers. Some may be elected officials, some community leaders and stars in the business community and a special trophy is in place for the dancer who has the most fun.

The evening will also include a live auction combined with a silent auction, along with one free drink and appetizers included in the ticket price.

Organizers stated Hippy Dog Music will DJ the event and His Worship, Nolan Crouse, Mayor of St. Albert and chair of the Capital Region Board will be the auctioneer for the evening.

Biollo noted some details are still being confirmed regarding the evening’s MC and some “celebrity” dancers.

The presentation of the evening may be playful, but the purpose behind it is very serious stated Biollo. She said raising awareness of domestic violence and violent relationships is extremely important. Coincidentally, November is also Violence Prevention Month. The dancing evening will also feature a keynote speaker who will discuss the impact of domestic violence.

She also wanted to point out some great support the community has already given, including help from local business Cottage Computers. Biollo stated anybody who wants to help out but can’t attend the event could call her to see what volunteer opportunities are available.

The executive director stated the Riseup Society board though a “Dancing with the Stars” evening would be a great way to have fun but also talk about the issue of relationship violence and abuse in the region, including the counties and Millet area. Biollo said the society would especially like to raise their profile in rural areas, as she feels some rural victims of violence or abuse might feel even more isolated and alone.

“We know domestic violence doesn’t discriminate,” said Biollo.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person and are available now. Contact Riseup Society for information at 780-739-7473.


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