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‘Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars’ raised $65,000

BONUS PHOTOS: Click here to view more pictures from “Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars”

Saturday’s inaugural “Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars” event raised more than $65,000, University of Mary Washington spokeswoman Marty Morrison tells me.

She also said the college is going to make this an annual event.

Money raised from Saturday’s program will be used to endow a UMW Performing Arts in the Community Scholarship for regional students who excel in music, theatre or dance.

Local leaders took part in the event and were honored for their inspired performances. Below are the awards handed out at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition, Morrison said.

  • Ellen Killough, chief executive officer with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, earned the “Best-in-Show” award for her Mambo, performed with Michael Scott, co-owner of Strictly Ballroom.  She also received recognition for the “Most Amazing Move.”
  • Mary Katherine Greenlaw, mayor of the city of Fredericksburg, who danced a QuickStep with Michael Scott, received the “People’s Choice Award,” given at a champagne reception following the performances. Greenlaw also received honors for “Fanciest Footwork.”
  •  Melanie Kay-Wyatt, principal of Walker-Grant Middle School, “Most Spirited” for the Salsa.
  • William B. Young, chief executive officer for Virginia Partners Bank, “Best Costume” for the Hustle.
  • Richard V. Hurley, president of UMW, “Best Posture” for the Rumba.
  •  J. Martin Bass, retired attorney and judge, “Most Entertaining” for the Cha Cha.
  • Fred M. Rankin III, president and chief executive officer of Mary Washington Healthcare, “Most Rhythmical” for the Swing.
  • Susan G. Spears, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Most Flair” for the Samba.
  • Richmond McDaniel, senior vice president for C.B. Richard Ellis, “Most Dramatic” for the Tango.