A team of besties took home top prize at the second annual Dancing In The Ridge contest – although, arguably, the community was the real winner with thousands raised for a program that helps people in need.
The curtain has now closed on the dance competition with Team Best Friends, made up of Leanne Koehn and James Rowley, coming in first place, followed by Team Tutu Old For This made up of a group of enthusiastic Rotarians, and honourable mention going to Team Young Baddies, made up of Jason and Hannah Young, a father and daughter duo.
Thanks to their efforts, and the efforts of the five other teams who competed in the fundraiser, $10,990 was raised for the Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s Community Chest program, which provides people with immediate and direct financial support when they are facing a crisis in order to prevent homelessness and eviction; help with health needs; help with a mental health and crisis situation; to prevent unemployment; or to provide household safety and stability.
A panel of three local celebrities were the judges in the contest modelled after the hit American television show Dancing With The Stars.
One of the judges, City of Maple Ridge Councillor Korleen Carreras, was impressed with the dancers.
“This was my second year judging and what a show it was! All the performances were so strong this year and it was incredibly difficult to pick a winner. Everyone that participated truly embraced community spirit and shared such joy with us watching from the audience. The trophy winners edged above with their connection to each other and engagement with the audience,” she said.
Foundation president Kevin Nosworthy said the contest was amazing this year, and not only did all the teams pull together for the event, but the whole foundation committee did an amazing job at putting it on.
“I almost cried because it went off so well,” he said.
Team Kevin’s Kuties raised the most money.
Raffle prize winners were: Marilyn Jordan who took first prize; Sarah Cocking who took second prize; and third prize to C. Slaughter.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible sponsors, talented participants, enthusiastic attendees, and the amazing community that made this event so memorable. Your support has truly made a lasting impact,” said the foundation online.