One of the biggest fundraisers for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is ‘busting a move’ into the PG Civic Centre this weekend.
The ‘Boogie With The Stars’ event kicking off this Saturday night for New Year’s Eve boasts a total of nine teams dancing together. Co-Organizer of the event, Peter Weedon says this year’s campaign is a very special one. “The hospital is replacing all their wheelchairs, the whole campaign is about a 102 thousand dollars,” he said.
“They have started the campaign and we’re hoping to knock a big dent into that.”
In its last running in 2014, the event raised $35,000 and hopes to go over $50,000 this time around. Among the dancers are the team of Kyle Sampson and Colleen Ruddy. The pair have been practicing for months to get their routine just right. “We just finished choreographing only about a week and a half, two weeks ago and now it’s into the final stretch of powering through and mastering this dance.”
As for the fundraising efforts, Sampson says it’s been a tremendous effort from everyone. “It’s a competitive year, going up against some big names like John Brink, Craig Briere, and Scott McWalter, we’ve got some big names in this competition so going up against those guys is a battle in itself for the fundraising side of it, so we’ll see who comes out on top.”
Each vote at the competition for your favourite dancer is $5. Tickets are $100 which includes dinner or $35 for dance only. All tickets are available online at boogiewiththestars.ca or through Spirit of the North.