Contestants Prepare for 2013 DWTRVS

Dancing with the Rogue Valley StarsMEDFORD, Ore. — Get ready to put on your dancing shoes for a good cause. Preparations for the fifth annual Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars is underway.

The event benefits Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs. Last year the event raised more than $40,000.

Tuesday, contestants met to learn more about Sparrow Clubs, and to get a first look at the dances they will choose from.

Southern Oregon Sparrow Clubs president Matt Sampson says the event had continued to grow every year.

“Everyone that gets involved seems to love it. We haven’t heard any regrets, which is good,” he said. “There’s more volunteers as the years go by, so the show is getting  easier and easier to pull off, which is great.”

The show will be held November 9.

Competing this year:

Christy Lewis – NewsWatch 12 Anchor

Alyssa Caroprese – Newswatch 12 Meteorologist

Scott Anderson – Core Business Services

Genie Gilliam – People’s Bank of Commerce

C.H. Chou – Southern Oregon Periodontics

Marty Gaskell – The Suites Assisted Living

Tim Tidball – Tim Tidball Photography

Tom Hammond – Southern Oregon Brewery

Holly Roberts – Rogue Disposal and Recycling

Sara Barry – North Medford High School Leadership Advisor

Trish Boettcher – Advantage Tire