Rocking With The Stars will wow again

Local fundraiser revival was well-received

SARAH MCCARTHY
Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
Melanie Bradley
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DANCE THIS WAY: John Brown and Melanie Bradley are hoping to perfect a crowd-pleasing routine.

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City stars will be rocking around the clock in the lead up to Rocking With the Stars 2014.

Hospice Southland and the Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club are once again organising their popular fundraiser, with 10 well-known locals willing to put on their dancing shoes for the event, to be held on Saturday, June 28, at Stadium Southland.

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong, Invercargill city councillor Karen Arnold, entertainer Shannon Cooper-Garland and former Southland Stag Jeremy Winders are a few of the luminaries taking part.

Club president Karl Herman said the stars had all been paired with an experienced rock'n'roll dancer and given three sessions of basic rock'n'roll lessons to level the playing field.

Now the teams are on their own, and will choose a song and learn their dance routine.

"It's a big deal for them, but they're tackling it no problem at all," Herman said.

The dancers will be judged by a panel of four. Two official rock 'n'roll judges, singer Suzanne Prentice, who judged at the previous event in 2011, and one mystery judge, a celebrity from Auckland. "I won't say too much about that," Herman said.

The fundraiser has already had overwhelming support from sponsors and the public.

Forty of the 50 corporate tables have already been sold, and finding sponsorship for the dancers "didn't take long".

"Word has gotten out that it was such a successful event last time."

While the 2011 event raised $22,000 for Hospice and the Invercargill Rock 'n' Roll Club, this year the target was $50,000, Herman said.

Public seating will be available as well as the corporate tables. Tickets are available from Stadium Southland, CUE TV and from Hospice Southland.

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