Arthur Murray Grand Rapids had a great time at the VAI fundraiser Friday, April 29th at the JW Marriott! With lots of dancing and even more fundraising, “VARI Good Cause” was a very big success. Early estimates suggest that more than $50,000 was earned to advance cancer research at the unique and wholly local Van Andel Research Institution. Kudos to our fabulous celebrity dancers who studied in earnest to put on an excellent show. Each was a winner in our books!
In the end, David Van Andel, VAI Chairman and CEO, took top adjudicated and fundraising votes for his inimitable Fox Trot with Arthur Murray pro Lauren Link. We suspect David was greatly assisted by his promotional genius (see cutout photo!) and his inspired Moonwalk. Rachel Mraz, VP at Merril Lynch’s DeVries, Freeburg & Mraz Group, took top Fan Award with her stunning, elegant performance of a sweeping traditional ballroom dance. Arthur Murray pro Justin Kaiser was impressed by her disciplined practice. Each of our contestants was outstanding, so special thanks to Bill Simonson; Ellen Tailor; Val Lego and Patrick Miles Jr. as well!
The piece-de-resistance was special guest professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo, the husband and wife team that dazzled on Dancing With The Stars. Their performances were simply breathtaking!
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