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Dancing Stars!

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Saturday night we joined 400 dance enthusiasts and philanthropists at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons for the first DC’s Dancing Stars Gala.

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We snapped the night’s host and former ‘Skins great Clinton Portis with executive director Susannah Moss. The dance competition brought together local and national celebs competing for the coveted DC’s Dancing Stars trophy, which was won by NBA wife Charrisse Jackson-Jorden and PBS' Rina Shah.

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Event co-chairs and Fred Astaire Studio of Fairfax owners Jim and Maria Coakley David provided professional dancers. They’re bookending interior designer Katie Carroll; at right, former NFL player John Booty, who impressed us on the dance floor with Missy Nilson.

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America’s Miss DC 2012 and one of the night’s dancers Sarah Hillware is surrounded by Paradigm Event Management’s Teri Galvez, physician Natasha Yousaf, Capitol Glow’s Tricia Kelly, and by financial services advisor Michael Cleary. The cocktail reception had a great silent auction, with items ranging from health and fitness to experiences, travel, and food.

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The star-studded event raised over $150,000 for local charities: Humane Society, Girls Health Ed, T.A.P.S, Hope for Henry, Parkinson Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and ‘Skins Alumni. Here, the Virginia Endodontic Group’s Brian Lee, his wife STG’s Julie Lee, Skinner Britton’s Megan Britton, and her husband Northwestern Mutual’s Ben Britton.