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Joe Duthie and Laci Kraus perform on the dance floor during Still Dancing in Elkhart at the Lerner Theatre on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The dance competition was held to benefit the Samaritan Health and Living Center. (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia) (AP)
Local celebrities cut a rug for charity

Posted on Nov. 9, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — The fifth annual event “Still Dancing in Elkhart” cut rugs and cut checks to raise funds for the Samaritan Health and Living Center.

The mental health and counseling agency held the event at the Lerner Theatre, 410 S. Main St., Elkhart, on Friday evening, Nov. 8. Event co-chairman Randy Lipps said the event was very successful.

Lipps explained that each of the eight contestant pairs would raise money via online votes, in which every dollar donated equalled one vote. Apart from donations, seats in The Lerner were also sold to raise money.

The eight contestants were Elizabeth Bond, Bill Burton, Joel Duthie, Ellen Janowsky, Andrew Skipper, Karen Smith, Mary Whitt and Kevin Wirt.

Smith and dance partner Steve Bowers were the contestants with the highest amount in voter donations.

“We exceeded our amount last year,” said Lipps, stating that after expenses, the event raised somewhere between $140,000 and $160,000 for the Samaritan Center.

Lipps attributes much of that success to Sally Lee, owner and dance master of That’s Dancing, a dance studio at 223 S. Main St., Elkhart.

Lee provided instruction to the eight celebrities as well as dance partners.

“She deserves a lot,” Lipps said. “It would be very difficult without her.”