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WATCH: NKY Celebrity Dancers Raise $73,000 for Children's Law Center

Shut up and dance!

Eight local business, civic, and education leaders took to the floor and danced like no one was watching last week! The thing is, though - lots of people were watching, and lots of money was raised for the Children's Law Center at the annual Dancing with the CLC Stars event at Receptions in Erlanger. 

The Covington-based organization announced that more than $73,000 were raised by the celebrity dancers and their supporters.

Each year, contestants are selected by the CLC and then paired with dancers from Arthur Murray, and after weeks of preparation, they take the floor in front of hundreds of spectators and vie for trophies. Awards are given to the Grand Champion, Talent Champion, and Fundraising Champion.

The Grand Champion this year was Brent Cooper, president of Covington-based IT company C-Forward, who scored a 28 from the judges for his "Shut Up and Dance" performance and raised $10,500. Two were named as Talent Champion - Jamie Ramsey, an attorney at Calfee, Halter & Griwold, LLP, and Jennifer Griswold, an associate professor at Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. The Fundraising Champion was Joe Bayer, an engineer at Turner Construction, who raised $10,700.

Other dancers included David Armstrong, president of Thomas More College, Elizabeth Knight, an attorney at Toyota, Leisa Mulcahy, program director at Leadership Northern Kentucky, and Leah Zipperstein, managing editor at Cincinnati Refined

The event was hosted by B-105 radio host Big Dave, and the judges were competitive dancer Doug Bruckner, attorney (and the 2015 Grand Champion) Bethany Rustic Smith, and The River City News publisher (and 2015 Talent Champion) Michael Monks. 

Watch the dances below:

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