Swinging with the Stars 2022

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Swinging with the Stars

Swinging with the Stars was held on Saturday 18th June 2022

The Stand Like Stone Foundation were delighted to, once again, host the annual charity fundraiser at The Barn on Saturday night.

With over 500 people attending this year’s event, the crowd danced the night away supporting their local Stars, whilst also raising just over $96,000 for the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

“We can’t thank our community enough for getting behind the Stars and this premier event. The money raised from the night, and of course the fundraising activities held by the Stars over the last few months, assists the Foundation in providing a critical range of community support across the region. We are so proud of our community and simply can’t thank everyone enough”, said Roger Babolka, CEO of the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

The 8 local “stars” have spent the past few months learning 4 dance routines under the tutelage of Kim Cella, Keana Soper and Jazmyn Bowd at Hype Dance, all while raising funds for the Foundation.

“Kim Cella has again choreographed the dances for the night, and I think everyone was blown away with the standard of the four routines this year, with the Judges finding it very difficult to decide on the final 4 dancers for the night, and even harder to pick the winners. They were all just so good”, said Mr Babolka.

“However, a winner has to be chosen on the night, and so the Swinging with the Stars winner for 2022 was announced as Matthew Grubb and his dance partner Jacinta Cooper. We also announced the People’s Choice Award for 2022 for raising the most money, and this year it was won by owner of Birdie Blue, Felicia Jones”, said Mr Babolka.

“The support this event receives from a range of local businesses and individuals year after year is unbelievable and goes a long way in making the whole night the success it’s always been”, said Mr Babolka.

“However, the 8 stars and their dancing partners are truly amazing. It’s fantastic to be part of their journey as they learn the 4 routines in just 10 weeks, perform in front of more than 500 people, all while raising funds for their community. It takes very special people to do that, and we can’t thank them enough”, said Mr Babolka.

 

Swinging with the Stars is the key fundraiser for Stand Like Stone, providing an important source of administration funds to keep our community foundation operational. It also raises a significant amount of money that is used for important grants and scholarships for the benefit of the people of the Limestone Coast Region.

Stu Harvey

Why do you want be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I am the owner of BFT Mount Gambier.  My wife and I felt that it would be a great idea to put myself out there as I am a very passionate and community minded person.  I am raising funds for the Stand Like Stone General Sub Fund.

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Karen Millington

Why do you want be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I am a teacher at Mount Gambier High School – FLO program, I have seen first hand the difference educational scholarships can make to a young persons life. I would like the opportunity to raise funds for the Mount Gambier High School Educational Scholarship Sub Fund.

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Kyra Sykes

Why do you want be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I think that it is a great way of combining a love for dance with a passion for creating an inclusive, sustainable and accessible community. I am raising funds for the Caroline Barr Animal Rescue Sub Fund.

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Erin Launer

Why do you want to be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I was born and bred in Mount Gambier, I am a school teacher at Grant High School and have chosen to take on a personal challenge in my life and support the community I have grown up in.  I am raising funds for the Grant High School Educational Scholarship Sub Fund.

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Matthew Grubb

Why do you want to be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I have always had a passion for helping people, particularly the youth in my community.  I like to challenge myself with new things and thought giving Swinging with the Star a shot is a great way to do this.  I am raising funds for Stand Like Stone General sub fund.

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Felicia Jones

Why do you want to be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I am the the owner of local store, Birdie Blue.  I like to have fun, keep fit and thought I would put myself out of my comfort zone to help support and raise funds for my community.  I am raising funds for the Stand Like Stone Foundation General Sub fund and AgriLinks – targeting youth mental health awareness.

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Cole Hedwards

Why do you want to be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I never in a million years thought of doing something like this.  I have 2 left feet, but when it comes to fundraising for a great cause I will do anything!  This year I am raising funds for the Stand Like Stone General Sub Fund.

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Alisha Byrne

Why do you want to be a part of Swinging with the Stars?

I believe life is made to be lived, and it is certainly something that inspires me everyday!  I want to show the children in my life that going out of your comfort zone can pay off.  I couldn’t be be more honoured to help raise money for a local charity where I can see the efforts I helped create.  I am raising funds for the Steven Noble Memorial Sub Fund.

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