'Lakewood Bandstand' raises more than $80,000
Lake Oswego's version of 'Dancing with the (Local) Stars' draws a sell-out crowd
A sell-out crowd filled Lakewood Center for the Arts on Aug. 23 for Lakewood Bandstand, a fund-raising event for the center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The event, which raised more than $80,000 for the two organizations, was co-chaired by Kristy Higgins, the owner of Step It Up Studios in Lake Oswego, and Fred Baldwin, one of the owners of DePonte Cellars and past president of the Lakewood Board of Directors.
Similar to the popular television show "Dancing With The Stars" in concept, Lakewood Bandstand paired celebrity contestants with professional dancers from Step It Up Studios. Audience members were encouraged to bid on their favorite dancer throughout the evening.
Among the celebrity contestants were Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker; Ed Wilson, Lake Oswego's fire chief; Carol Winston, owner of Accessories from the Heart; Mark Birge, a partner with AKT; Paul and Teri Graham, owners of Graham's Book and Stationery; Tenley Webb, voice talent and actress; Kelly Giampa, a Hart Wagner attorney; Bob Barman, vice chair of the Lake Oswego School Board; Samantha Richardson, a Lakewood associate; and Kyra Bussanich, owner of Kyra's Bake Shop.
The evening's final dancer was 10-year-old Claire Sarnowski, who stopped the show with a wonderful Lindy Hop. Claire, whose mother has multiple scleroisis, has been an advocate for the National MS Society since the age of 3.
Partnered with the celebrities were Kristy Higgins, Drew Dyson, Ami Remsing and Stas Trilisky.
The evening began on Lakewood's deck and in its courtyard with a sampling of beer, wine and food dishes donated by local vendors and restaurants. Left Coast Jazz provided musical accompaniment for patrons, who took advantage of the outdoor dance floor to cut a rug before the main event.
Kelly Giampa, a current member of the Lakewood board of directors and an attorney with Hart Wagner LLP, raised the most funds from the audience and was crowned the winner. The title sponsor for the event was First Republic Bank.