The Rotary Club of Three Creeks announced that Elizabeth Schalk has grabbed a $1,000 bonus in her chase for the Mirror Ball trophy awarded to the grand champion of Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 - Legends, presented by Banner Bank.
The bonus is one of two provided from the generosity of Vancouver's John & Peggy Vanderkin, who wanted a unique way to support the event.
The event, which has been sold out for six weeks, is Saturday, March 7 at ilani Resort Casino.
Eight Local Stars - Tracy Doriot (Doriot Construction), Azar Ghiasvand (Banner Bank), Cyndi Holloway (Waste Connections), Dianna Kretzschmar (Village Health Care), Schalk (Evergreen Public Schools), Daniel Spanski-Dreffin (Rotary Club of Three Creeks), Evan Strandberg (iQ Credit Union) and Jim West (Jim West Commercial Real Estate) - have been raising funds and working on a ballroom dance routine with professionals since November in preparation for the big event on March 7.
Through March 4, the Local Stars have raised nearly $22,000. The Rotary Club of Three Creeks prioritizes its community giving in partnerships with community-based nonprofits that provide services to children, veterans, hungry and homeless. In 2019, the club granted $10,000 to the North County Community Food Bank, created and funded a community giving program for smaller grants and provided $1,500 for its first ever international service project - giving shoes to previously barefoot children in rural Mexico.
With the bonus, Schalk jumped into second place in the race for the Mirror Ball trophy. The grand champion of the event is the Local Star who raises the most money. Judges at the event will determine the Best Dance award.
With 35 members, Rotary Club of Three Creeks is in its fourth year of existence and has already completed 45 service projects.
Vancouver resident Tim Gordon will emcee Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0, presented by Banner Bank at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks announced today.
Gordon is a general assignment reporter at Portland's KGW TV.
Gordon joined KGW in June 2011 after working as a reporter in Portland for seven years previous. He has covered a variety of stories on issues from politics and crime to education and human interest.
He has been recognized for his work with numerous local and regional awards, including an Associated Press first place award in 2009. He also has received Emmy nominations.
Gordon's family history runs five generations deep in the Portland Metro area, now including his wife and two daughters. He enjoys fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. He is also an avid gardener and enjoys putting together a good meal too!
Professional dance instructor Galaxy Slight leads the four-person panel of ballroom judges named this week for Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 - Legends, presented by Banner Bank.
The event, set for Saturday, March 7, 2020, is at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield.
Joining Slight on the panel are Tom Teesdale, vice president of marketing for ilani as well as Nelson Holmberg, executive director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association and immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks.
A fourth and final judge will be determined on the night of the event as a lucky audience member will have the opportunity to purchase a seat as a judge during a silent auction prior to the dance portion of the event.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks extends its gratitude to John & Peggy Vanderkin, who have provided a generous contribution that sparks fundraising through Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0.
While the event draws nearer, the Local Stars are ramping up their fundraising efforts and the Vanderkin money provides a spark.
On Wednesday, March 4 - just a few days before the big event at ilani - the club will award a $1,000 bonus to the Local Star who inspires donations from the largest number of individual donors. This money will be added to the final pre-event reporting to the Local Stars. The eight stars won't get another fundraising update after that date before the end of the event when the winners are announced.
As of February 2, Waste Connections' Cyndi Holloway leads the pre-event fundraising with $3,011. Banner Bank's Azar Ghiasvand is second with $1,980 while Evergreen Public Schools' Elizabeth Schalk is third with $1,945.
Dancing with the Local Stars, presented by Banner Bank, is set for Saturday, March 7 at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes a reception, silent auction, meet the stars opportunity for VIP guests, dinner, and the show. After the performances, audience members will see a special performance by First Dance Productions pros and will have the opportunity for a dance lesson before the floor is opened for public dance. Winners will be announced by 9:30 p.m.
New to Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 this year is a big raffle!
And tickets are on sale now!
Buying a raffle ticket earns you a chance to win a beautiful Columbia River cruise on the USA River Cruises American Empress Paddle Wheel boat.
This cruise is a five-night round trip departing Vancouver (November & December 2020). It includes a private veranda cabin (category C), all meals, snacks, beer or wine with dinner, live entertainment, a historian on board all week, a free shore excursion in every port, and all on board activities.
The cruise environment is a casual atmosphere. This raffle prize is valued at $5,400. Just 50 tickets are available at $100 a piece.
Thank you to USA River Cruises for their support of Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0!
RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 is set for its 2020 season, having finalized the 2020 cast of eight.
Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 - "Legends" is set for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at ilani Casino Resort in Ridgefield. VIP and General Admission tickets go on sale on Black Friday, November 29, 2019. More information about the event, tickets, sponsorships and the Local Stars, can be found online at www.dancingwiththelocalstars.com.
Eight local stars – Tracy Doriot (Doriot Construction), Azar Ghiasvand (Banner Bank), Cyndi Holloway (Waste Connections), Dianna Kretzschmar (Delta Direct Care Foundation), Elizabeth Schalk (Evergreen Public Schools), Daniel Spanski-Dreffin (Voya Financial and the Rotary Club of Three Creeks), Evan Strandberg (iQ Credit Union) and Jim West (Jim West Commercial Real Estate) – will compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Dancing with the Local Stars will be produced by local ballroom aficionado and First Dance, Inc. Owner Ralph Stevens, who has coordinated professional instructors for the local stars. First Dance produced the first two highly successful events in 2018 and 2019.
"The event’s aim is to benefit Rotary Club of Three Creeks giving program, which benefits children, veterans, hungry and homeless," said Club President Scot Brantley. "After just two years of huge success at Windy Hills Winery, we've outgrown the facility and are proud to partner with our friends at ilani Casino Resort, and the Cowlitz Tribe, who have all been wonderful to work with."
After the first two seasons of Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks was able to grant $10,000 to the North County Community Food Bank, create a Donor Advised Fund with The Rotary Foundation and a community giving grant program, provide a full scholarship for Vancouver’s Annie Straight to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (a week-long leadership camp for young adults), and initiate and fund its first-ever international service project, set for December 2019 in Mexico.
The eight dancers will compete for best dance, voted by judges. The grand champion – and winner of the Mirror Ball Trophy – will be the local star who raises the most funds.
Kelley Campbell swept both the Grand Champion and Best Dance awards in 2019. Brantley was the 2018 Grand Champion, and Jeff Swanson won Best Dance. The first two years of Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 raised nearly $30,000 for its community giving programs.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks recently celebrated its third anniversary and serves the Hazel Dell, Felida, Salmon Creek and Ridgefield areas of North Clark County. Since chartering in October 2016, the club of 32 members has completed more than three dozen service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).