Who Won, 2012
Dance With Our Stars: $78,000 for Rideout Emergency Dept Expansion and
the American Red Cross of Northeastern California
Celebrity Dancers Cut A Rug for Two Great Causes
More than 800 people attended the second annual “Dance With Our
Stars” event on June 1 and June 2 at Colusa Casino Resort. This
year the beneficiaries of the event were the Rideout Emergency Department
Expansion project and the American Red Cross of NE California. More than
$78,000 was raised by celebrity dancers and sponsorships.
Proceeds are earmarked for:
The Rideout Foundation so that they may contribute to the on-going success
of the FRHG by supporting capital improvement projects, equipment and
programs benefitting patients and the community. Proceeds from DWOS 2012
will go towards the Emergency Department Expansion. The enlarged facility
will increase the total number of beds to 37.
The American Red Cross of Northeastern, which last year provided financial
assistance to 221 Families after a local disaster, trained 443 members
from the community how to become a disaster response volunteer, were the
emergency messenger between 297 military members and their families and
trained 12,208 people how to save a life thru First Aid, CPR & water
safety classes. They provide all of these services thru private donations
and the time and talent of their volunteers.
The annual event featured Yuba, Sutter and Colusa community members and
Dance lineup on June 1 included:
Dr. Praveen Prasad (Rideout Neurosurgeon) with pro, Amanda Rose; Russell
Marsan, National Sales Manager, Green Traks with pro, Michele Blake; Dan
Blair, Govt. Affairs Rep., PG&E with pro, Marcie Andrews; Robin Walther
(retired) with pro, Alex Cesena; Coleen Morehead, Clear Strategies with
pro, Rick Cusack.
Dance lineup on June 2 included:
Kevin Cotter, New Earth Market with pro, Jacque Dake; Rich Gabel, Frank
M. Booth, Inc., with pro, Luz Uribe; Dr. Karanbir Grewal, Cardiologist
with pro, Angelika Klug; Grace Espindola, Sutter County Schools with pro,
John Liburdi; Jennifer Traynham, Publisher, Me & Mine Magazine with
pro, Demitri Blizzeard.
The competition was judged by Scott Kaufan, Owner, Midtown Stomp, Sacramento,
Martin Casillas, President, Capital Swing Dancers; Lindsey Heaton, VP,
Capital Swing Dancers. Attendees had the opportunity to fundraise by purchasing
$1 tickets for their favorite dance team performance during the competition.
Three prizes were awarded each evening: Voters Choice —the most
money earned by celebrity dancer before the event; People’s Choice
— the most money from $1 ticket sales the evening of the event;
and Judges Choice
Judge’s Choice winners June 1 were: Russell Marsan, GreenTraks, Marysville and Michele Blake, ED, Sutter
County Children and Families Commission. Both the
Voters Choice and People’s Choice awards went to: Praveen Prasad, a Neurosurgeon at Rideout and Amanda Rose, Jacque’s
Judge’s Choice winners June 2 were: Jenn Traynham, Publisher, Me and Mine Magazine and Demitri Blizzeard,
Dancer/Choreographer, Jacque’s Dance Expressions. Jenn and Demitri
tied for first place with Kevin Cotter, co-Owner New Earth Market and
Jacque Dake, Jacque’s Dance Expressions, but won out with a lively
“Cheer-off ”. Voter’s Choice also went to Jenn and Demitri.
People’s Choice went to: Karanbir Grewal, MD, an Interventional Cardiologist and Angelika Klug,
Yuba County Children’s Protective Services.
“Wow! What an uplifting event!” stated Carol Ramirez, VP, Rideout
Foundation. “We are so appreciative to all of our cast. These great
folks literally worked their rears off for months to prepare for the event.
Not kidding! Every one of them lost weight and inches. Each Celebrity
also raised $5,000 or more for charity to participate.”
“We are so blessed to have had such amazing volunteers,” said
Martha Griese, Director Red Cross of NE California, “including our
backstage narrator, Joe Moye and our emcees Dr. and Baron Harper on June
1, and Amy and Dean Tokuno on June 2. Our three judges were volunteers
too. And, Colusa Casino underwrote the entire two evenings, including
lights and sound. That’s true commitment.”