Riseup Society’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ raises funds, awareness around violence Nov. 19

Riseup Society’s annual fundraising activity took a detour this year as the non-profit group dedicated to stopping family violence...

Dancing with the Stars

Riseup Society’s annual fundraising activity took a detour this year as the non-profit group dedicated to stopping family violence held their version of the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars.”

The event, held Nov. 19 at Nisku’s Wingate Inn, featured everything a Hollywood producer could ask for: a room full of eager audience members, a group of volunteer dancers, a disco ball and a DJ with a full catalogue of dance music.

Society executive director Jacqueline Biollo said the event was so popular it was standing room only in the Wingate dancehall. “It was tremendously overwhelming,” said Biollo Nov. 21.

She said the board and members of Riseup Society were happy to see the event so strongly supported.

The dancing event involved different partners dancing different styles throughout the evening. A volunteer group of judges, City of Leduc councilors including Dana Smith, Glen Finstad and Bev Beckett, gave their grade for each performance. However, one performance of the evening stood out.

Leduc County mayor John Whaley and City of Leduc mayor Greg Krischke paired up to cut the rug and earned the coveted chrome ball trophy, which they can keep until the next event planned for spring, 2017.

Also on tap was a live auction handled ably by St. Albert mayor and Capital Region Board chair Nolan Crouse, who kept things hopping with humour. A silent auction was also held.

MC duties were handled by Jack Almond, well-known locally for his work with the drama club. Music was provided by Hippy Dog DJ.

A keynote presentation was provided by Elena Esina, manager of SHIFT The Project to End Domestic Violence, associated with the U of C.

Biollo gave an update Nov. 21 on how the event fared financially. She said Riseup Society grossed $10,000, and netted about $6,000 from the event.

 

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