|On the "red carpet" before the event got started|
|KC Mayor Sly James was one of the judges, and he is a lawsuit waiting to happen!|
The competition was slightly unfair, because it was obvious that the winner this year, Heather Bortnick, has had some dance training previously. She blew most everyone else out of the water. Some of the dancers had some serious fan sections, with cutouts of their faces and squeaky toys, etc. Most were obviously nervous, which was understandable. I thought the best dancer was hands-d0wn Marvin Rollison, a security guy for KCP&L. In the middle of the routine, they switched to Party Rock, and it was awesome. (He got 2nd place.)
The event sold out this year and raised over $600,000 for scholarships for the students. The whole event was put together really well, and the video they played...well, let's just say it left most of the people with some tears in their eyes. Definitely moving enough to get us to donate!
Some of my basketball girls put on a little production, as well, and when the event was over, everyone went down to the lobby and danced (or drank) the night away. We ended up running in to quite a few people from our work place - including our boss, which was quite a shock to us - so we had to keep it tame. ;) But overall, it was a great night supporting a great local organization!