Every single year I’m blown away by this event! We have been so fortunate to photograph one of the biggest red carpet charity events in the Phoenix, Arizona valley for the third year in a row, The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, Dancing With The Stars 2013. This was the biggest year yet and you could feel it! Over 1000 attendees!!! The room was packed with so much energy and hearts ready to give to this amazing cause. The dancers raising a generous $650,000 to date! WOW!
While yes this event is all about raising money, they sure do know how to have fun doing it! The show was opened up with the heart pounding dance group Elektrolytes, America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7 champions and closed with the amazing voice and talent of Scott MacIntyre, American Idol Season 11 Finalist. I was wanting to dance with excitement one moment and sobbing at Scott’s beautiful lyrics the next. Absolute amazing night of entertainment held by everyone involved!
A “dance competition” wouldn’t be a dance compatition if there weren’t awards to hand out!
2013 Celebrity Dance Champions
People’s Choice: Nicole Bidwill & Mayor Scott Smith
Judges’ Choice: Stephanie Sandor & Jim Norton
First Runner Up: Kelly Dalton & Brian Marshall
Gold Standard: Jennifer Leibowitz & Don Vallejo
Silver Star: Jennifer Kaplan & Councilman Tom Simplot
Bronze Star: Senator Michele Reagan & Jason Funk
Showmanship Award: Lauren Rautbord
Musicality Award: Sandra Tenuto
Excellence in Execution: (Tie) Sheila Ingram & Mayor Sharon Wolcott
A huge thank you to everyone over at the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and especially the dancers. What you have raised is going to make a difference in so many lives. You are making a difference! Thank you for all your hard work and generosity.
christy + jase