'Dancing with the Stars of Casper - Vegas Night' raises nearly $170,000 for Mercer (Photos) - Casper, WY Oil City News
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‘Dancing with the Stars of Casper – Vegas Night’ raises nearly $170,000 for Mercer (Photos)

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(Courtesy Mercer Family Recourse Center)

CASPER, Wyo. – The 9th annual Dancing with the Stars of Casper brought in nearly $170,000 in donations, according to a release from the Mercer Family Resource Center.

The event took place Saturday night at the Casper Events Center and brings well-known Casper citizens into elaborate dance routines to raise money for Mercer, which offers education, counseling and other resources for youth and families in Casper.

Results from Saturday’s Vegas-themed dance numbers were tallied over the weekend.

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  • Anna Reeves Olson and Chad Nelson took the People’s Choice Award and the Excellence in Showmanship Award for an “Ocean’s Eleven” inspired number choreographed by Rising Star’s Dodie Eskew.
  • Dr. Mike Boulter and Melissa Martorano took the Judge’s Choice Award with a magic-themed performance assisted by Laz Benson. Melissa Martorano with Rising Star was choreographer.
  • Dr. Wade Morrison and Heidi Lundberg won Best Crowd Appeal award a dance with “Luck be a Lady” as the soundtrack.
  • Taylor Wirtz and David Hamilton took the Excellence in Technique award for a routine choreographed by Liz Norcross of Lifetime Fitness and Health.
  • Clint Saunders and Esther Langi won Outstanding Theme & Creativity, which included a cameo by Billy Floyd of K2TV. It was choreographed by Joy Gallup of Jump Craze and Tanya Vidal with Strong Tower.
  • Kilty Brown and James Stress took the Best Partner Connection award with a Cirque du Soleil-inspired dance choreographed by Tanya Willadson of Dance Evolutions and Candace Machado with Theraexpressions Meditation.

The next “Dancing with the Stars of Casper” is scheduled for October 24, 2020.