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Duane Daines takes home the Mirrorball Trophy at Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off


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Duane Daines and his partner Natalie Brooks brought down the house Saturday night. Plain and simple. Emotional, endearing, and fun!  Thanks Duane for stepping up to take part in this incredible event.  And to his partner Natalie, who was injured, limping, and in pain, I can only say that you dug deep and performed like the star you are.  Congratulations to everyone involved in making this event happen every year.  This year, funds raised go to support  Canada Games Celebration Plaza, a legacy of the games that will be a gathering place for our community for years to come.

You can’t describe the energy in the room.  It’s quite electric because everyone attending knows someone competing and is well aware of the amount of work involved to get to a place that you can put on a dance performance for 1,000 people.   That combined with the fact that these community members are not dancers or performers.  Congratulations to Todd Simenson, with dance partner Jinelle Themig, who won the technical dance award… and to Cindy Mandrusiak (with dance partner Dale Tosczak) who won in the other very important category… she raised the most funds!

The judges task was difficult because each dance performance was unique and special.  A shoutout to everyone who took part; Mellisa Hollingsworth with Michael Myroniuk, Carla MacLeod with David Joseph, Cari MacLean with Jone Lam, John Young with Jody Liptak, and Troy Gillard with Olya Joseph.

Todayville will feature some of the dances including Duane and Natalie’s winning performance throughout the week!

President Todayville Inc., Honorary Colonel 41 Signal Regiment, Board Member Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award Foundation, Director Canadian Forces Liaison Council (Alberta) musician, photographer, former VP/GM CTV Edmonton.

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The Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital play a critical role in patient comfort

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There are a lot of moving parts (excuse the pun) in Red Deer’s annual Celebrity Dance Off.  But in the end, Dance Off sets out to accomplish two goals with each performance.   One is to raise funds for a much needed cause in our region.   Two is to raise the profile of that same cause.  In the long run, the second goal is probably more important.  A higher profile can mean more ongoing support from volunteers and through donations.

In 2019 the Celebrity Dance Off partnered with the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.  Here’s what Dance Off Chair Christine Moore said when the partnership was announced.

“With roots going back to 1904, this group of dedicated volunteers have fundraised to support the care and comfort of patients at our hospital. Over the last 38 years, they have raised over $7 million. They exemplify everything about volunteerism and giving back to the community. They are the unsung heroes of our hospital.”

And this comes from the Friends website: “our mission is to facilitate innovative fundraising programs for equipment and services that benefit patient care and comfort in the Red Deer Regional Hospital… 

Our fundraising dollars are geared to the purchase of medical furniture and fixtures, and to patient care and comfort up to a maximum of $4,999.00 per item. The Friends Centre assists with the provision of day-to-day supplies and comfort items. This includes personal grooming items, nursing supplies such as blood pressure monitors, blanket warmers and furniture for the units to share.”

Sometimes though it’s just best to ask those who see the benefits the Friends bring every day… Please enjoy this video.

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Travolta and Newton-John wrap up the Celebrity Dance Off

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Trevor Sopracolle went from watching the Celebrity Dance Off last year, to being front and centre this year!  Trevor was the first “Oil Man” in the Celebrity Dance Off.  Hopefully the first of many.  He’s also one of the toughest looking Travolta’s you’ll ever see.  Trevor and his pro partner Alex McPherson wrapped up the show with a brilliant choice of music from Grease.  “Olivia” was amazing.. and “John” turned the world upside down.  See for yourself. .. 

My Story…

I was born in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta when I was in grade 3 and spent most of my youth in Consort.

I lost my Dad to cancer when I was in high school and so I grew up fast. At 17 I secured a loan for a 2-bedroom house with a dirt floor basement. To make ends meet, I worked as a tire technician at the local tire shop while attending high school. One of the only benefits of owning your own place in high school is having the coolest parties after the high school dances!

I moved to Red Deer in 1999 at the age of 19 and began working at Fountain Tire. Not long later a local snubbing company hired me. Over a 10-year period I worked my way up becoming a senior supervisor overseeing most of the higher-class pressure jobs and many overseas projects. In 2008, Garrett Radchenko and I started Goliath Snubbing Ltd., and we haven’t looked back.

I have also been blessed with the best kids a Dad could ask for. Being a single Dad with three kids under 8 definitely keeps me busy.

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