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Competition heats up during Stars dress rehearsal

Someone in our Dancing with the Richmond Stars group had the grand idea that it would be great for us novice dancers to have a trial run in front of strangers. You know, to prepare us for the big day on Saturday, March 3.

Someone in our Dancing with the Richmond Stars group had the grand idea that it would be great for us novice dancers to have a trial run in front of strangers.

You know, to prepare us for the big day on Saturday, March 3.

Oh, and by the way, the trial run is going to be in front of 125 dancers at the Grand Ballroom, they said.

"But I have tickets to see the band Chicago," I told my dance instructor, George Pytlik.

"You have to miss the concert," he told me, adding, the dress rehearsal will help with nerves.

Well, he was right. Although, as I slipped into my tight fitting, nearly backless dress, I thought to myself, "Who am I kidding? Did I forget I'm 54 and not that svelte 34-year-old anymore?"

But then I remind myself - this is not about me and my love handles, it's about raising money for a great cause.

Over the last two months and a bit, I've met great people with big hearts. I salute all of the instructors who have volunteered so much time to help us learn how to dance. I especially want to thank George and Wendy Pytlik, who have trained with me three times a week. Another big thank-you goes to the owner of the Grand Ballroom and dance instructor himself, Andy Wong. He has generously allowed us five "local celebrities" to rehearse in his ballroom and is a major sponsor for Dancing with the Richmond Stars.

Lastly, to all my competitors, darn, you are all going to be tough to beat. I know you have all put in as much time as I have, so kudos to all of you. P.S. Remember Laura Van Sprang (aka the hot and sexy LaLa), this is friendly competition!

Many of us, at one point or another in our lives, will experience a hospice, either through a loved one, friend or ourselves.

This is our collective chance to ensure the Richmond Hospice Association is around for decades to come.

I spoke to Pat Miller, executive director at the association, and she said tickets are nearly sold out. However, if you can't make it to the event, you can still sponsor your dancer.

"This is our big fundraiser and all the money supports our programs," Miller said. "People can go to our website or call us and instantly make a donation and receive a tax receipt as well."

Join us for an elegant evening of dinner and dance in support of hospice at the Dancing with the Richmond Stars on Saturday, March 3 at the Grand Ballroom, 12200 Riverside Way. Tickets are $125 with a $50 tax receipt. For more information, call 604-279-7140 or visit www.richmondhospiceassociation.com.

mhopkins@richmond-news.com