Dancing with the Coffs Coast Stars

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Cancer Council’s Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars is set to be another huge success. With nearly all the tables sold, the seven high profile dance couples are perfecting their dance routines and busily fundraising.



For the third year in a row we have our two wonderful MCs for the night, Michael Crossland and Cheryl Duroux. Long term supporter Emma Rhoades Photography will also be there donating her time to capture the dancers and, of course, shots of the lovely audience. With the C.ex Group coming on board as a sponsor again, this means that the event can be held at C.ex Coffs for a third year.

On the night of the event there will be the chance to vote for your favourite dance couple. Bring your money along, and the star that receives the highest amount of donations on the night will be crowned. You will also be able to bid on three wonderful auction items, all donated by long term supporters of the event. Parrys Jewellers have donated a stunning 18 ct white gold diamond and onyx pendant on a black silk necklace. Southern Cross Media have donated a once in a lifetime advertising package worth $3,000. Q1 Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast have donated three nights’ accommodation in a three bedroom skyrise apartment with six guest tickets to the SkyPoint Observation Deck, worth $1,800.

In the November issue we met the first four couples, so this month we are pleased to introduce the final three couples, along with their fundraising pages:

Ray and Sandy

For over 25 years, Ray Ellicott’s Concreting and Spray Finishes business has helped people achieve their vision in outdoor flooring. But not many people have seen Ray’s alter ego ‘Wombat Presley’. Affectionately known as Wombat, Ray will be rocking it out Elvis style. He does not take himself too seriously, so he is hoping to get a few laughs, or sympathetic cringes – whatever works to raise money for such a great cause. You can donate directly to Ray’s fundraising page at: nswcancercouncilfundraising.org.au/rayellicott

His dance partner and teacher is Sandy Smith. Sandy and her husband Dale run Razzle Dazzle Rockers, teaching Rock ‘n’ Roll, Lindy Hop, Jive and other styles. They have an abundance of experience, have researched the style thoroughly and they absolutely love their dancing. Sandy and Dale are very committed to the event, and they have donated their time to the event since it began three years ago.

Phil and Carol 

Phil Marinucci works as a doctor in the emergency department at Grafton Base Hospital and in the fracture clinic. He also assists in surgery at Baringa Hospital and does some sedation for dental patients who are petrified of the drill! Phil agreed to get involved in the event, as he felt a strong urge to embarrass himself publicly for the good of others! On a more serious note, he has personally been touched by someone very dear to him who passed away from cancer. You can donate directly to Phil’s fundraising page at: http://nsw.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/phillipmarinucci

Dr. Phil’s dance teacher is Carol Young from Woolgoolga Dance Studio, where she has been teaching for 18 years. She teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary to students aged from 3 to 73. Carol donated her time and skills to the event last year and won the People’s Choice Award with Alan Ball for their Blues Brothers number. Carol’s mum has been touched by cancer, so she hopes that this little bit of frivolity might make a big difference to those diagnosed with cancer.

Melinda and Ray

When Melinda Pavey was approached to be in this Cancer Council fundraiser, she thought that she couldn’t say no – not least because of her new role in the NSW Government as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health. Also on a personal level, her mother has fought her own battle with non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She says she does not have much dance style, but she loves to groove to the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s.

On the night you will see her channeling the personality of a ’70s Swedish redhead band member. You can donate directly to Melinda’s fundraising page at: http://nsw.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/melindapavey

Melinda is being taught by Carol Myers from Pacific Dancentre. She is dancing with one of Carol’s long term students – Ray. Carol and her dance school have been a great supporter of Dancing With Coffs Coast Stars, and she has been donating her time and skills since the event started. In the first year, Carol coached the winning entry for the People’s Choice Award, so she is hoping she can coach Melinda to the same accolade! Pacific Dancentre offers ballroom dance lessons for all ages.

We look forward to seeing you there. It’s going to be a great night!

This article was published in issue 28 of Coffs Coast Focus

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