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Celebrity Dancers Raise $450,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation


Lisa Talley and Leon Selby, named Dancing for a Miracle Winners raising more than $220,000

The 12th annual Dancing for a Miracle gala to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) was an unforgettable evening of celebration and inspiration of Famous Icons, Past and Present!


More than 1000 guests filled the ballroom at Embassy Suites-Norman to watch our award-winning professional dancers and celebrity dancers delight our audience with a dance routine deemed fit for an episode of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! The evening kicked off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a silent auction followed by a live auction, a seated dinner, an incredible musical entertainment by Oklahoma City Acoustic/Electric Cellist, Sam Kahre, and a surprise performance by Kristin Chenoweth.


Ten local celebrities, each paired with a professional dancer, took the stage: Joey Allen, Monte Choate, Kyle Essmiller, Casey Hester, Chad Khoury, Sandi Patty, Sharyl Pickens, Kristin Richards, Bobby Smith and Lisa Talley. Professional dancers were Kylee Hopkins, April Blaker, Meagan Schofield, Darren Fernandez, Amanda Leonard, Marissa Runnels, David Hyer, Ken Sprous, Hays Hopkins, and Leon Selby.


Lisa Talley and Leon Selby were the overall Dancing for a Miracle winners raising more than $221,000 during the dancing and fundraising competition, setting a record for the amount raised by an individual dancer. Collectively the celebrity and professional dancers raised $450,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation.


“The effort of every individual and corporation that sponsored, attended, and volunteered at the event helped support our mission,” said Randy Kamp, owner of Kamp’s 1910. “The money ultimately benefits the sick and injured children in every county of Oklahoma by the specialized care at Children’s Hospital.”


Dancing for a Miracle began in 2008 with four local celebrity dancers, guests and a visionary committee. Since 2008, the annual event has contributed more than $3 million to Children’s Hospital Foundation.


“This event wouldn’t be successful every year without our amazing sponsors such as the Chickasaw Nation and the Embassy Suites Norman who were the presenting sponsors this year,” said Kamp. “We are so thankful for their commitment to our event and their vested interest in helping the future generations of Oklahomans.”


The event was sponsored by the The Chickasaw Nation, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Norman, Seth Wadley Ford, Eventures, Inc., CP Energy Holdings, LLC, Friends of Casey Hester, Friends of Sandi Patty, Ideal Homes, Jasco Giving Hope Foundation, Kampco Foods, Landers Auto Group, Norman Regional Hospital, OU Medicine, The Kristin Chenoweth Art & Education Fund, Dycora Transitional Health and Living, Jim and Angie Ellison, Kyle Essmiller, Quik Print, White & Weddle, P.C., Aria Development, Aria Real Estate Group, Scott Fischer, MidFirst Bank, Justin and Monique Naifeh, John Nail Homes and Developments, Kerr Team Real Estate, Norman Youth Foundation, Precision Builders, Price Edwards & Company, Pumps of Oklahoma, Republic Bank & Trust, Michael & Kristin Richards, Streets, LLC - Mechanical Contractors, Talley, Turner & Bertman, Sam and Lisa Talley, Windstone Construction & Development and ZT Cigars.

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