Signature Rotary of Three Creeks fundraiser set for March 7 at ilani Casino Resort
RIDGEFIELD — The Rotary Club of Three Creeks announced today that tickets for its biggest fundraiser, and the social event of the spring, Dancing with the Local Stars 2.0 presented by Banner Bank will go on sale this Fri., Nov. 29.
Tickets will be available by visiting www.dancingwiththelocalstars.com. Information about the cast of eight local stars, and the ability to vote, with donations, for your favorite cast member can also be found on that website.
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 weeklong 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 40 service projects. More information about the club can be found on its website (www.rotaryofthreecreeks.com), or Facebook (www.facebook.com/rotaryofthreecreeks).