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Stars ready to waltz through Geneva

Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 3:17 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy Megan Kelly)
Participants in the Dancing with the Geneva Stars event pose at a recent session. The event will be Feb. 9 at Eagle Brook Country Club.

GENEVA –  Dancing with the Geneva Stars will waltz, tango, salsa and cha-cha its way in support of the city’s cultural arts with a fifth annual event this month.

Tickets are $40 to participate in an hors d’oeuvres, dessert and cash bar at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Eagle Brook Country Club, 2288 Fargo Blvd., Geneva.

Six dance teams will compete, with the actual fundraising done by votes tallied for the various teams, said Carolyn Hill, event chairwoman. The goal is to raise money for the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission so it can fund events, said Hill, a member of the commission. Also, 25 percent of the proceeds go to the Geneva Academic Foundation.

“It is the only fundraiser the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission has,” Hill said. “I think these cultural events are important. Our mission statement says that we were created to create diverse cultural experiences to engage the community. It’s for the quality of life, and it’s to develop cultural initiatives and encourage economic growth.”

Proceeds raised last year after expenses were more than $20,000, with about $5,000 going to the GAF, she said.

Among the events the fundraiser supports are exhibits at the Geneva History Center, four concerts of the Orion Ensemble, Greater Geneva Art Guild, created last year for area artists of all media, monetary prizes to emerging artists at the Geneva Arts Fair, sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.

The commission also hosts the annual Geneva Film Festival for independent filmmakers, the series of four summer concerts in July at River Park, Shakespeare in the Park and the Steeple Walk Concert event during the annual Christmas Walk, Hill said.

There are about 60 tickets available to attend Dancing with the Geneva Stars, Hill said. Tickets will be available on the website, www.genevarts.org, until Monday.

The popular event always has sold out, Hill said.

“I have seen their routines, and they are unbelievable,” Hill said of the six pairs of dancers.

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