January 27, 2020 – Wenatchee, WA: On January 17, 2020, six prominent community members competed on the Numerica Performing Arts Center stage in Dancing with the Wenatchee Stars for their chance to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Each contestant was paired with a professional from the Utah Ballroom Dance Company and over the course of one week, learned a routine to share on stage in front of a live audience and panel of judges; Wenatchee High School’s BRIAN HIGGINS, The Community Foundation of NCW’s BETH STIPE and Eastmont High School’s LANCE NOEL.
In addition to winning the Mirror Ball Trophy and the Dancing with the Wenatchee Stars “Champion” title, each contestant got the chance to compete for a charity or organization of their choice. During intermission and after the show, donations to the prospective charities were collected from the audience in a “pass the hat” fashion. Dilly Delli and Sweetwood BBQ owner KELSEY DEW danced for The Women’s Resource Center, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director SHILOH BURGESS danced for the Alatheia Riding Center, La Pera Radio TV host and reporter RAFAEL AGUILAR danced for the Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Wenatchee, Music Theatre of Wenatchee Board Member and Hot August Nights alum VICKI MICHAEL danced for Music Theatre of Wenatchee, Award- Winning Filmmaker and Photographer OLY MINGO danced for The Winter’s Tale: A Directed Film Study and Local Pharmacist DAVE SUTHERLAND danced for Vets Serving Vets-The Bunker.
After all the contestants performed, the audience voted DAVE SUTHERLAND as the 2020 champion of Dancing with the Wenatchee Stars. A total of $700 was raised and donated to Vets Serving Vets -The Bunker. Dave also plans to personally donate to The Winter’s Tale: A Directed Film Study and encourages the community to check out to the amazing charities and organizations that are supported by the other contestants.
Photos by Oly Mingo
This event was presented by CliftonLarsonAllen and North Cascades Bank with support from KOHO 101 and Julie Davis.
For upcoming event tickets and information, call 509-663-ARTS, go to www.numericapac.org, or visit the Box Office at the Stanley Civic Center, 123 N Wenatchee Avenue.
The Numerica Performing Arts Center at the Stanley Civic Center is a non-profit organization and naming partner with Numerica Credit Union.