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  • Dancers shake, rattle and raise money

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    Gangnam style, really? “We didn’t know what that was,” joked Carol Baker.

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  • Gangnam style, really?
    “We didn’t know what that was,” joked Carol Baker.
    Nevertheless, Baker and Mark Whitlow rocked it and owned it Thursday and were the overall winners in a “Dancing with the Chamber Stars” fundraising event.
    “That was a lot of fun,” one of the judges, Mizzou Golden Girls head coach Shannon Fry, said when Whitlow and Baker were done.
    The event, held at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, raised $11,184.02 for two chamber initiatives: scholarships for four local high school seniors and a new innovation grant to help local firms improve their business practices.
    “Feels really good. I’m glad it’s over,” Baker said when the overall winners were announced. Baker, community business manager at Kansas City Power & Light, and Whitlow, owner of Office Products Alliance, are both chamber board members, as were several of the contestants.
    The team of Cindy Miller of America’s Community Bank and Mike Peterman, principal planner for the city of Blue Springs, danced to a hip-hop medley and won the voting from both the crowd and the three celebrity judges – Fry, Mayor Carson Ross and Channel 9 meteorologist Lisa Teachman.
    “Somewhere MC Hammer is really proud,” Fry said after Miller and Peterman’s routine.
    Baker and Whitlow were named the overall champions because the audience also voted with its dollars, and they raised the most.
    Peterman had done a back flip during the hip-hop routine and celebrated with another when he and Miller won the crowd favorite award.
    “Well, I just want to thank all my homies,” Miller said.
    The dancers were assigned genres by drawing. Gangnam, Whitlow joked, would not have been his choice.
    The sold-out luncheon filled the banquet room at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, and the chamber said it took 50 volunteers – plus the efforts of others such as the Wildcat Jazz Ensemble from Blue Springs High School – to pull off the event.
    The other dancers and styles:
    • Lori Moon of Wrisinger-King Sonic and Wingstop and Tom Meyer of Meyer Music rocked to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”
    “You guys did a great job,” Teachman said.
    • Trisha Kennedy-Smith of Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers and Tony Wrisinger, co-owner of Vision Sports, danced the Lindy hop. “Amazing,” said Ross.
    • Attorney Julius Oswald and Marissa Walsh of the Blue Springs School District did a Latin dance. “It was a very sweet dance,” Teachman said.
    • Dana Showalter, co-owner of Pics Petals and Ponds, and Sgt. Colby Lalli of the Blue Springs Police Department, did swing dancing to “The Morse Code of Love.”
    “I’ll be honest,” Lalli joked. “I think we missed our calling.”
    • Donna Best with First American Title and Gary Showalter, co-owner of Pics, Petals and Ponds, drew the assignment of country dancing. “I thought it was really great. I mean, the two-step is hard,” Fry said.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Two people from the school district – Assistant Superintendent James Finley and Freshmen Center Activities Director Sharon Cole – drew a disco number, “Car Wash.”
    “Jim, that was reminiscent of some of the moves I used to have,” Ross said.
     
     
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