Stepping Up

| July 8, 2016 | Parties National

THE PARTY The ballroom at the Westin Kierland turned into a talent fest with professional exhibitions and 17 bold locals competing for awards in the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona's 10th Annual Dancing With the Stars. Judges Debbie Avalos, Alice Cooper, Sheryl Cooper and Linda Dean combined their audience votes and selected the champions—Kimberlee Slager, Jacqueline Nerguizian, Ivan J. Almonte and Scott Lavinia. More than 840 guests screamed and cheered for their favorite dancers who were costumed and made up to perfection. THE GUESTS Among the best-dressed set were co-chairs Leslie Rich and Kathleen Taddie, Jordan and Jason Rose, Sandy Trznadel, Sue Fletcher, Ruth and Bob Lavinia, Peter and Rebecca Ailes-Fine, Leonard J. McDonald, Jo Finks, Margo Shein and Julie Adelson. THE HIGHLIGHTS Two teams of Legends Dancers started the evening’s dance routines with a competition in honor of Linda Pope’s 10 years of support for the event. Pope was presented with the 2016 Guiding Star Award for her vision and dedication. Just under $1 million was raised for those living with kidney disease. –Photos by Jasen and Christy Arias of Moirae Creatives Event Photography


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