Rotarians relive 'Dancing with the Stars, In A Caring Way'

As the 2012-13 Rotary Club year came to a close Tuesday, the Crowley organization had the chance to relive one of the year’s biggest successes, “Dancing with the Stars, In a Caring Way.”

The May fundraiser for the club, the Community Outreach Corporation and Crowley Christian Care Center pulled in an estimated $120,000, a number that happily surprised even organizers.

The fundraiser saw 11 couples and their choreographers battle for the title of inaugural “Dancing with the Stars, In a Caring Way” champions by raising the most money. That title went to Scott Sibley and member of the Rotary Club of Crowley Donna Corley.

Attendees of the event as well as the dress rehearsal the night before had a chance to see the routines and also cast a vote for the special Fan Favorites Award, which was given to Fr. Jared Suire and Linda Craton.

Compliments flew Tuesday as the Rotary Club of Crowley had a chance to view portions of the DVD of the event, allowing the club to see not only their fellow Rotarians in action but a few others as well. In fact, out of the 11 performances, the Crowley club had a chance to watch eight, and all were met with thunderous applause at the packed meeting.

The viewing also gave club members the chance to see why the event was cheered and met so favorably if they were unable to attend the actual fundraiser. It didn’t take long for the entire club to see what they had missed. And, fan favorites from that May 4 night became favorites of the Rotary Club as well.

Performances that were viewed by the Rotary Club included Ali LeLeux and Dr. Dale Leleux. Their Austin Powers-inspired number, which was choreographed by Brittanie Scroggs, was a treat in May as well as Tuesday.

It was followed by Rotarian Jill Signorelli and Jimmy Broussard’s Latin-infused “I Like it Like That” number. Choreographed by Dolores Nutt, Rotarians applauded Signorelli for the energetic performance.

Rotarians Mitzi Lejeune and Gene Williams’ jazzy performance that was choreographed by Sydni Hart was next. The acrobatic number marveled the Rotarians Tuesday just as it did in May to a capacity crowd.

Not to be outdone, Rotarians Debbie Spallino and Scott Privat were also met with applause for their Conga dance number choreographed by Allison Privat.

The club also viewed Hollie Broussard and Ronnie Petree’s rocking number, choreographed by Haley Metzel, that featured snippets from three ’80s hair bands–KISS, Journey and Aerosmith–and Karen Hetzel and Mark Hensgens’ disco performance that saw Hensgens dressed like Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. Hetzel and Hensgens danced to “Knock on Wood” during their Brenda Core-choreographed number.

The club Tuesday also had a chance to see the two award-winning performances.

The winners of the competition, Sibley and Corley, danced to “Mercy” by Duffy in a fun and energetic performance choreographed by Emily Istre.

Meanwhile, Fan Favorites Craton and Fr. Suire’s number drew many cheers Tuesday afternoon. They enjoyed Ashley Boudoin’s choreography and the couple’s energy as they danced to “Jailhouse Rock.”

The Rotary Club of Crowley will not hold its regular lunch meeting next week as the club will hold its installation banquet that evening.

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