The sixth annual Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars was a tremendous success, raising $128,752 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The totals keep growing every year. In 2009, the first edition of the event raised $27,674, which exceeded all expectations at the time.
The show featured a combination of serious dance routines and some that were played for laughs. I loved the quickstep performed by Carly Harrington of the News Sentinel and her professional partner Johnny Tang. Jonathan JJ Jones of WBIR and Taryn Escobar took the comedic path with a very funny routine that included a cameo appearance by Knox County Sheriff Jimmy JJ Jones. The winning dance routine by Olympic gold medalist Davis Tarwater and Rachel Henriquez was funny but also had some excellent dance moves.
Courtney Fulmer Peace and her professional partner Hayden Escobar won the fundraising trophy. Designer Wolfgang Schaber and Dance Tonight co-owner Emily Norris were second in fundraising. My wife and I split our donation among several teams that impressed us with their dancing.