The Grand Ballroom presents Dancing with the Richmond Stars.
Join us Saturday March 02, at the Grand Ballroom 12200 Riverside Way Richmond, for an elegant evening of dinner and dance in support of hospice. Doors open at 6 pm.
This event pairs local celebrities with Richmond's best professional ballroom dancers. This semi-formal evening consists of dinner, dance competition, judge's comments, returning champions showcase, a professional dance showcase and dancing for all to cap off the evening.
Online pledging opens January 7, 2013
Pledge now to support your favorite celebrity and support hospice programming and resources in Richmond.
Not able to attend? Support this event and hospice programming by pledging your support for your favourite celebrity below.
Fanny is a medical social worker and currently works at the Richmond Hospital Emergency Room (ER). Part of her work involves providing crisis intervention, grief counselling, and referrals to community resources to support families experiencing trauma and loss.
Fanny and her husband (Dr. Ng, Family Physician) are long-time residents of Richmond and raised four beautiful children in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing as a hobby. Fanny is delighted to help raise funds to support the Richmond Hospice Association by participating in Dancing with the Richmond Stars. Dancing with Michel Guimond.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Fanny.
Georgina Patko has been an active member of the Richmond community for 30 years. She has been a Richmond Sunrise Rotarian for 15 years, and a volunteer with many organizations as diverse as Covenant House and Richmond Food Security Society. As a management consultant for the Non-Profit industry, she has worked with many agencies, volunteers and businesses to generate funds, develop programs and policies, recruit volunteers and lobby government for improvements where she sees efficiencies can be made. In 2012 she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for Community Service.
In retirement, she refuses to sit still and can't stop dancing! She has a new business providing PartyLite décor, candlelight and special fragrances to enrich the surroundings of friends and family.
Georgina has been married to Steve for 30 years, living in Steveston for 25 of those, and has three amazing children, Josh, Tessa and Zoë.
Dancing with Zillion Wong.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Georgina.
Karina Lapalme moved to Richmond in 1996 after graduating with a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations (MIR) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. After four years living in Richmond, she moved to White Rock to assume the Manager, Human Resources position in that City. Six years later, however, she returned to Richmond for work; she has been employed by the City of Richmond since 2007 as a Human Resources Manager.
Karina was inspired to support the Hospice fundraising efforts through this Dancing with the Richmond Stars event after attending last year to support Deputy Fire Chief Kim Howell. Since then, Karina has become more aware of the services offered by Hospice and touched by the impact Hospice has on families and their loved ones in the difficult time in which they provide services. Karina has long been interested in taking ballroom dancing lessons, and taking on the challenge of preparing for this event allowed her to cross an item from her bucket list. To support such an important service in the community through the fundraising for this event is a true privilege.
Dancing with Alexandr Cherdanstev.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Karina.
Lynda & Richard Terborg
Lynda & Richard Terborg have been Richmond residents for almost 40 years since Richard located here as a commercial fisherman out of Steveston. Richard went on to become a lawyer, specializing in personal injury litigation and has recently retired. Lyn is a prominent local realtor engaged in finding the perfect fit for her real estate clients. Together they have raised two boys, John an engineering graduate and Macey a commerce graduate who has joined Lyn in the real estate business. Lyn and Richard are touched by the care provided to families in need of end of life hospice and want to help in any way to support this most special community volunteer resource.
Coached by Gilles Bettner.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Lynda & Richard.
Hello, my name is Rick Duff, I am 48 years old and have been living in Richmond for 42 of those 48 years. I currently live in Steveston with my beautiful wife of 26 years, Sue. I am the brother to 3 sisters, Deb, Lynda and Tracey, who all grew up in Richmond. I am a son to mother Lorraine and late father Ken. I went to Richmond High School and then studied Theatre Arts at Langara College's Studio 58 in the mid 80's. I was a DJ in the 80's and performed under the name of Ricky D.
I started in the BC Gaming Industry in 1988 with Great Canadian Casino. I started out as a blackjack dealer in the old Richmond location and ended up being the Casino General Manager of the River Rock Casino Resort. I am currently the Executive Director of Business Development for the Edgewater Casino in Vancouver. I love watching all sports (just ask my wife) and I love to golf. I love all movies, new and old, and live theater. I have been a member of the Rotary Club of Steveston for 5 years and this has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. I will become the Rotary Club President in June.
I became involved with the Richmond Hospice Association a few years ago and discovered it is an extraordinary non-profit organization that helps countless families at the most difficult times of their lives. I am honored to put on my dancing shoes for this amazing event and to support such an incredible association.
Dancing with Linda Chen.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Rick.
Terry David is a longtime Richmond resident. He is a pilot with Air Canada, a major Canadian airline, doing long-haul flying to Europe and Asia. When Terry is not flying, he enjoys playing guitar and is the owner of Logical Guitars, Richmond's only guitar production company. Terry is a committed supporter of Richmond community activities, volunteering as Board member and Vice President of South Arm Community Centre and a volunteer visitor at Courtyard Gardens, accompanying Peanut, his Jack Russell terrier, who is the real celebrity! With no dancing background, Terry looks forward to being a perfect "blank slate" for his professional instructor to demonstrate her skill in teaching an old dog some new tricks!
Dancing with Debbie Wong.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Terry.
Laura "Lala" Van Sprang is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at The Richmond Funeral Home. She takes great pride in utilizing her career to help and serve the community. She also sits on the Board for the Richmond Hospice Foundation as Events Coordinator. Lala is very excited to be a part of Dancing with the Richmond Stars again this year by helping to coordinate the event and performing a showcase dance. Her dance partner this year will be Andy Wong, her dance partner and fellow champion at last year’s event. Lala loves to entertain and has done numerous shows in the past, such as: Tony & Tina's Wedding, Kitten Club Cabaret and Rock Comedy Experience. She looks forward to taking on the challenge of learning her second style of ballroom dance this year, and to doing her best to raise much needed funds for The Richmond Hospice!
Dancing with Andy Wong.
Under "Fund/Designation" select Laura “Lala”.
If you are interested in attaching your name as a sponsor to this exciting event please contact Pat Miller at 604-279-7141.
All funds raised support our Hospice Palliative and Bereavement Volunteer Programs and Services
Thank you for your support!
We thank our Professional Dance Instructors, Sponsors, and Judges for the donation of time and support of Dancing with the Richmond Stars.
Without all of you this event would not happen.
Andy is the co-owner and principal instructor at The Grand Ballroom. He and his wife, Wendy, have operated The Grand Ballroom and taught over 16,000 students since 1994. Andy is a National Championship Adjudicator and has judged the Canadian Closed Amateur Championships three times. He is also the host and organizer of the biggest international dancesport competition in Western Canada - The Grand Ball. Andy is very enthusiastic about "Dancing with the Richmond Stars" as well as contributing to such a worthy cause. Andy is dancing with Laura Van Sprang in the Returning Champions Showcase.
Originally from London, England Linda has competed in both England and North America. Linda is the Ontario Latin Champion and represented Ontario in Canadian Closed Latin and 10 dance Championships. She is a Licentiate of CDF in Latin and Ballroom, and a full time Coach and Canadian Championship adjudicator. Linda teaches at The Grand Ballroom and is very happy to participate in "Dancing with the Richmond Stars".
Gilles brought his International style Standard and social dancing professional instruction skills to the Grand Ballroom in 1998. He is a former Canadian representative to World Amateur championship. Gilles is coaching Lynda and Richard for Dancing with the Richmond Stars 2013.
Zillion has been dancing International Style Ballroom and Latin for about 17 years. He is well known in Canada for his achievements and passion for DanceSport. He has proudly represented Canada in many different countries, including the United States, Belgium, England, Austria and Russia. A couple of his achievements are 7 time Undefeated BC Closed Standard Champion and 5 time Undefeated BC Closed Latin Champion.
Having had great success dancing in the amateur category, Zillion is now a professional dancing teacher at the Grand Ballroom.
He is coaching and partnered with Georgina Patko
Alexandr has been dancing since 1984. He gained superb dance training in the Soviet Union. By participating in many competitions in Asia and Europe he was able to gain experience and training from many of the top dance teachers in the world.
Alexandr immigrated to Vancouver in 2004 and passed his certification with the Canadian Dance Federation (CDF).
He is coaching and dancing with Karina Lapalme.
Michel started dancing in Laval, QC and competed as a junior amateur in 1969. He became a professional competitor in 1980 and has danced at the British Open Dance Festival in Blackpool, England. Michel became a Certified Dance Instructor in 1992 in both the Latin and Standard divisions. Before moving to Vancouver Michel was a prominent coach and choreographer in Calgary.
Michel moved to Vancouver in 1996 and established himself as a resident dance instructor at The Grand Ballroom in Richmond. He is active in the dance community and is the Chairman for CDTA – BC Branch Ballroom Division. He is also the founder and President of the Canadian DanceSport Foundation.
He is coaching and dancing with Fanny Ng.
Debbie is a Homeopathic Practitioner and also works as a consultant in an aesthetic clinic. She has been an amateur dance competitor for about 11 years with her partner George Lindholm.
Debbie has been an 8 times grand finalist in the Canadian Senior1 Standard Championship, 4 times Canadian representative to the World's Senior 1 Standard Championship and 2 times Canadian Senior 2 Standard Champions, undefeated.
She is coaching and dancing with Terry David.
Don Dixon, School Principal, Blundell Elementary, Richmond School District
Linda Reid, MLA, Richmond East
Casey White, Local Media Personality