By Clarissa Robertson

The third annual Dancing for the Stars to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arizona took place on April 13th 2019, at the historic Elks Theater in Prescott, AZ. Presented by the Jewish Community Foundation, Lamb Chevrolet, El Gato Azul, Good Samaritan Society Hospice and James Deep Well Ranch, the event paired 10 local celebrities with professional dancers to perform a wide variety of dances, also featuring Clubs kids in a special performance.

Dancers worked hard practicing and performing, and the result was an incredible show that entertained the audience and live streamers around the world. In addition to dancing, the dancers set a new record in fundraising for this event. More than 1/3 of the annual budget was raised to operate the three local Clubs that serve over 600 kids a year in the quad-cities area.

Megan Holdsworth, who performed with professional dancer Ron Howard, received the “Judge’s Choice” award for best performance. Laura Markey, partnered with professional dancer Colten Davault, received the “People’s Choice Award” for most votes. Laura also took home the mirror ball for “Best Friendraiser”, which awards the dancer that raised the highest amount in combined donations. This year’s top 4 fundraisers were: Laura Markey – $71,024.67; Ken Mabarak – $68,706.66; Veronica Phillips – $64,420.00; and Judd Simmons – $60,051.66.

“We would like to especially recognize the amazing dancers who have worked so hard over the last few months in preparation for this event, all while raising funds for our local Clubs. Thank you to our community, and all who came together to make this a successful night for our children- our future.” said Nicole Kennedy, Interim Executive Director.