Jess Hatt takes Lindsay Forslund for a spin on the Dancing With the Vernon Stars dance floor Friday night at the Vernon Lodge. The couple raised $11,750 towards the total of more than $200,000 collected for the North Okanagan Hospice Society. (Heath Fletcher/Sproing Creative)

Stars raise record amount for Hospice

Lots of toe-tapping, hip swaying, booty-shaking fun was had with some great results for charity during the Dancing With the Vernon Stars.

The Friday night gala featuring the talents of 10 couples, was a sold out show.

A crowd of 450 enjoyed the evening of dining, music, live and silent auctions and 50-50 draw, and of course the dancing.

More than $200,000 was raised for the North Okanagan Hospice Society.

Brittany Fisher and Joel Schenk had the fanciest feet, winning the Judges Favourite Award. But it was Norm Brenner and daughter Steffie who were double winners – as fan favourites and top fundraisers – fetching more than $34,000!

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Norm Brenner and his daughter Steffie were double winners at Friday’s Dancing With the Vernon Stars Gala. They were the fan favourites with their routine to the music of the Blues Brothers, and they also were the top earners of the 10 couples, bringing in $34,383 for the North Okanagan Hospice Society. A sold out crowd of 450 enjoyed the evening, which raised more than $200,000 for Hospice. (Wayne Emde photo)

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