It Takes a Village  

By 2013, Swinging with the Stars had raised over half a million dollars for COHA and over 25,000 volunteer hours had been tracked by our celebrity dancers, professional instructors, campaign team and organizing committee. That is truly amazing! 

It’s common knowledge that most signature events have a life span of about five years and then it is time to ‘change things up’ but with Swinging with the Stars the opposite has been true. 

We moved to the Delta Grand Ballroom in 2013 after outgrowing the Coast Capri Ballroom. We were sad to leave the Capri but knew we had to keep on growing as ticket demand continued to grow. 

The energy continued to build and in year 2013 another record was broken with over $225,000 raised! 

Jane Hoffman took home the Judges Choice Award with her coach Chris Thorburn as well as the Most Pledges Raised, and Lane Shupe and Samuel Galvez won the Audience Choice Award – first time we saw a whip on the ballroom floor too!!

Let’s Keep the Party Going! 

To channel Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons hit song, “Oh What a Night it was! Given the year, we also felt it was the perfect time to reunite some of our alumni dancers and organizing committee to perform a flash mob dance… and Gangnam Style was performed after more than a few rehearsals in home basements with choreography by Carley Bailey who continues to sit on the organizing committee to this day.  “Oh What a Night! 

 – Jan Woolsey, Swinging with the Stars Coordinator 2009-2017 







Team Tannas

Toby Tannas

Campaign Manager

Christy Farrell

Dance Instructor

Chris Thorburn

2013 Photos

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2013 Sponsors & Supporters
  • Bayshore Home Health
  • HSBC
  • MacKay LLP
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • First Memorial Funeral Services
  • Fraser Patridge Group – MacDonald Realty
  • Grant Thornton
  • La-Z-Boy
  • Scotiabank
  • Ramco Flooring
  • Great West Life
  • Astral Media
  • EZ Rock 101.5
  • 99.9 Sun FM
  • AM1150
  • CHBC News
  • The Daily Courier
  • Bylands Garden Centre
  • Coast Hotels & Resorts
  • Edge Digital Media Production
  • Quantum Graphics & Consulting Ltd.
  • SW Audio Visual
  • Speedpro Signs Kelowna
  • Sarcess Designs
  • Shaun Bos Portrait
  • Total Eclips Salon and Spa
  • Europa Salon and Spa
  • Creative Spaces
  • Discover Wines
  • TTM Events
  • UPS Store – Dilworth
  • Two Left Feet Shoe Co.
  • Aveda
  • Calona Costume
  • DJ Backmix with Larry Gray
  • The Trophy Den
  • Chanine Carr
  • Derks
  • Ex Nihilo
  • EnCompass Benefits & HR Solutions
Organizing Committee
Judy Abel, Larry Gray, Sheri Hannah, Bruce Innes, Kathy Krasnov, Judy Riddell, Rose Sexsmith, Chris Smith, Ryan Tebbutt, Jan Woolsey
Retrospective Sponsors