Lorenz Beckett with partner Emma Robb.
Lorenz Beckett with partner Emma Robb. Bruce Thomas

Coffs Coast dance stars had a ball

THE final tally is now in and the scorecard for Dancing With the Coffs Coast Stars reads 10 out of 10.

Last week eight high-profile Coffs Coast businessmen and women, who had been teamed up with professional teachers to learn how to dance, took to the floor and strutted their stuff in front of a crowd of 450, raising more than $48,000 for the Cancer Council.

“The event was a great success,” said Fiona Foulkes, Do Your Thing co-ordinator at the Cancer Council.

“The stars really stepped up to the mark and put on a great performance. They all worked really hard learning to dance and on the night they had a ball, all for a fantastic cause.”

Lorenz Beckett, centre manager at Park Beach Plaza, won the People’s Choice Award with a daring tango, taught by Carol Myers from Pacific Dancecentre.

Michael Close (ETC), looking dapper in red and partnered by Christina Monneron from Coffs Latin Rhythms, took out the Highest Fundraiser Award, with more than $8000 raised.

While the winner of the Judges Award was Sjaan Williams (Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak) and Graham Muggleton (Thrifty and Coffs City Rotary) who danced Latin Waltz. Only a month earlier Sjaan had undergone surgery for breast cancer.

Ticket sales for Dancing With the Coffs Coast Stars, along with money the stars raised themselves, went to a selection of cancer research areas including children’s, prostate, breast, lung and stomach cancers.

This inaugural event, in honour of World Cancer Day, has been deemed a success by all involved and plans are already being made to find ‘stars’ to raise funds and take to the floor in 2012.

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