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Dancing with the Salt Lake Stars raises money for cancer

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Friday night some of Salt Lake's most recognizable stars came to together dance and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Friday night some of Salt Lake's most recognizable stars came to together dance and raise money for the American Cancer Society.

You probably know the dancers faces, but didn't know they had moves. Friday they showed plenty of it, dancing with Salt Lake stars.

"I had a blast," said Kim Johnson, ABC 4 Weekend Anchor.

"It was fun, it was so fun, I want to do it again," said Gretchen Jensen, Good Things Utah Co-Host.

Seven of Salt Lake's celebrities, including ABC 4's Gretchen Jensen, Curtis Ray and Kim Johnson all shook their tail feather to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"Honestly I wanted to learn how to dance, and see what it's like. This is the first dance lesson I've ever taken," said Johnson.

With stars on the dance floor and in the audience Friday's event raised money to build a "Hope Lodge" so cancer families from out of town have a place to stay.

"A lot of people don't even get treatment because they don't have a place to stay so this will help a lot of people," said Debbie Nieuwenhoff, American Cancer Society.

It's a good cause, but if you think the Salt Lake stars won't do whatever it takes to win - think again.

"Some of the guys tried to suck up to us by dancing with us, not to tattle tell or anything," said Sydney Mecham, cancer survivor.

Friday's judges included three young cancer survivors.

"We're excited, very very excited and lucky that we're here," said Brielle Beus, cancer survivor.

Meterologist Curtis Ray tried to butter them up before he won them over with the walz.

"There was nothing in the rules. There's nothing wrong with gives kids a couple of presents," said ABC 4 Meteorologist Curtis Ray.

But bribery wasn't enough, and someone named Mary Nickles took home the Mirror-ball Trophy.

So ABC 4 didn't win the official Mirror-ball trophy, but ABC 4 helped raise so much money the American Cancer Society gave ABC 4 a Mirror-ball of our own.

As of Friday night the total money raised had not been tallied. ABC4 is told the event was sold out, and organizers were hoping to raise $5,000.

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