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Records tumble at sold-out Dancing with the Local Stars

The Columbian
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RIDGEFIELD — The 2022 season of Dancing with the Local Stars, presented by Banner Bank, was record-setting.

With a Broadway theme, eight local stars performed dances and raised money while entertaining a sold-out crowd in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani. The fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation raised a best-ever $58,909, topping the $52,000 raised in 2021 during a pandemic-pivot virtual event, Dining with the Local Stars.

Heidi Johnson Bixby won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy by raising a record $21,880. Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections raised $19,082 for the previous record in 2020. Kinsey Dhoot represented the Rotary Club of Three Creeks as a dancer and raised $11,203 — the most ever by a club representative — to finish second in fundraising.

Angie Cherry and her dance instructor partner, Aaron Siebol, scored the night’s first perfect 40 from judges and won the night’s Best Dance Performance. It was Siebol’s second Best Dance win in DWTLS, after having paired with Kelley Campbell of Specialty Graphic Solutions for the win in 2019.

During the event, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation also presented a check for $13,000 to North County Community Food Bank, one of the benefactors of money raised by Dancing with the Local Stars.

Since its founding in 2016, the club has given nearly $100,000 to organizations benefiting children, veterans, homeless and hungry in Clark County. All of that giving is a direct result of the club’s fundraiser.

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