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The Center for the Arts dances with success

The Union staff

The Center for the Arts' inaugural Dancing With Our Stars event Aug. 23 packed the house at the Veteran's Memorial Hall in Grass Valley and helped raise thousands of dollars for the nonprofit arts organization.

With standing room only, 750 people watched as nine celebrity couples danced for the honor of winning a coveted Mirror Ball trophy. Preliminary figures indicate the Center raised around $35,000, said Executive Director Julie Baker.

Of that, $21,000 was raised by the nine dance couples, and more than $6,000 came in from the community through online voting.

Allison Swartzendruber and her dance partner, Jeremy Acmoody, took away a trophy for most funds raised.

A second Mirror Ball trophy went to Roxanna Cohen and her partner, Nick Katzman, for audience choice.

But in the end, the most coveted of Mirror Ball trophy, the 2013 Dancing With Our Stars Grand Champion award, went to Dr. Brian Evans and the Center's own Marni Marshall.

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They won the judges over with their Doctor meets Nurse swing dance and second dance, a romantic waltz that suddenly turned to a pounding disco dance to "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, according to Center Development Director Rhonda Herrin.

The money raised through last week's event will go toward the installation of a ramp, making the stage in the Center's main theater ADA accessible.

It will also support a variety of programs offered by the Center.

Dancing With Our Stars was the largest and most successful benefit the Center has ever produced, according to Herrin.

For more information about The Center for the Arts, go to http://the or call 530-274-8384.

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