The sixth annual Dancing with the Mountain Stars sashayed into the Keystone Conference Center on Sept. 28, bringing together 752 people to benefit St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
Debra Edwards, president and chief development officer of the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, said the sold-out event was a great show of support from the community.
“It was fantastic,” she said. “People tell us every year how it’s the best one so far, but this year really was wonderful.”
This year’s dancing competition benefit featured the fancy footwork of nine locals competing with professional dance partners. Every participant danced in a different style — the samba, tango and Charleston, just to name a few. The dancers practiced three times a week with local coaches for the last two months to prepare.
Mike Magliocchetti, Key to the Rockies owner and operator, won the award for Judges’ Choice. Nurse and former ski patroller Josh Golden won the Peoples’ Choice award, and TV8 Summit’s Ashley Prill won for most improved.
“The Most Improved Dancer award should have gone to my coach for all of the painstaking hours she spent showing me how to make my hips move,” Prill said.
The dancing competition also included a silent auction and dinner for guests.
Edwards said she still had to total the money from the auction and other donations to see how much was raised, but she estimated the total to be close to $100,000.
“The final tally has yet to be determined, but I feel confident we raised a significant amount of money for these programs,” she said. “The community stepped up to our challenge.”
This year, the money raised will benefit hospital programs including: SAFE KIDS, Think First, the Traumatic Brain Injury Program and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.
“Dancing with the Mountain Stars was the scariest thing I’ve ever done,” Prill said. “Now that it’s over, I feel so lucky to have been part of such an incredible event.”