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Boogie With the Stars

Join us as we ring in the New Year with an evening of glamour, fine dining and exceptional dancing!  Back after a one-year hiatus, Boogie with the Stars offers guests a full plated dinner, a dance competition, and a New Year's Dance with live band Pink Champagne. 

Tickets are $100 ($900 for a table of 10) and can be purchased at Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, Books & Co. and from Event Organizers Paz & Peter.

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
Prince George Civic Centre

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Plated Dinner: 7:30pm
Dance Competition: 9:00pm
Dance Starts: 10:00pm
Midnight Snacks with Champagne

For more information contact: 

Paz Milburn 250.640.0490 or Peter Weedon 250.565.8888

Thanks to the 2016 boogie with the Stars Teams:

 Team Prestige Hotels and Resorts – Craig Briere & AnIa Starzyk

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Craig played five years of junior football with the Regina Rams and won four national championships (CJFL) before football took him on to Vancouver where he continued to play at the CIS level with UBC Thunderbirds for four years.

Craig is President and CEO of West Coast Hospitality Group, one of the largest hospitality companies in Northern BC that is focused on development, management and investment in hospitality based businesses. West Coast assets and investments include hotels, gaming, restaurants, pubs and retail businesses focused on the Hwy 16 corridor from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Some of these establishments include the Prestige Treasure Cove Hotel, Nu Spa, Tropical Pool and Spa, Dales Wood and Gas Heat and the newly opened Don Cherry's Sports Grill Prince George.

Volunteering is part of Craig’s life – a few examples of that are a volunteer coach in PGMHA (Hockey), PGMHA (Football), PGYSA (Soccer) as well as past president of PGMFA and PGYSA. He is also on the fundraising committee for UNBC Athletics. Is it any wonder Craig has agreed to be part of the 2016 BWTS ? With experienced, quality people like this involved, our event can’t help but be a success!


TEam Brink - John Brink & Anna brkic

John Brink is the Founder, President and CEO of Brink Forest Products, an integrated lumber remanufacturing plant producing  a  range  of  structural,  industrial  and  value-added  wood  products  destined  for  local  and  international markets.  John has a passion for the forest industry and his vision for the future is inspiring.  John is also a property developer  and  played  an instrumental role  in  the  successful development  of  the  Nechako  View  Subdivision.    John and  the  Brink  Group  of  Companies  believe  in  the  importance  of  giving  back  to  the  Prince  George  community  by supporting various local events, fundraisers and charities. Fueled by passion, integrity and work ethic, John is also a competitor  in  the  annual  Iron  Ore  Classic.

John  has  impressed  us  with  his  dedication  and  focus,  so  we  can  only imagine he will be a fierce competitor for the 2016 BWTS mirror-ball trophy.


Team Wheelin' Warriors – Karin Piche & Lee Goats 

 Karin  Piche,  a  mother  of  4,  has  deep  roots  in  our  community.    For  the  past  three  decades,  Karin  has  served  as  a consultant  and  facilitator  to  health  seekers  throughout  the  extended  Prince  George  region.   A well  established authority  on  the  psychology  of  leadership,  organizational  turnaround and  the  science  of  health  and  fitness  and  peak performance, she has been recognized consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.  Her non-profit Wheelin  Warriors  of  the  North cycling team  provides  substantial  fundraising  assistance  to  Provincial Initiatives  for  cancer  research  in  a  system  that  boasts  230,000  survivors  in  British  Columbia  alone.   Piche  has directly impacted the lives of countless people through her Fitness and Nursing Career (at Northern Health) as well as her many philanthropic endeavors. What began as a personal desire to help individuals transform the quality  of their lives has grown into Piche’s lifelong crusade to end CANCER and change lives.


Team Cariboo Brewing – Kyle Sampson & Colleen Ruddy 

Kyle  Sampson  is  probably  a  name  you’ve  heard  around  town.    Previously  a  radio  personality,  he  now  manages marketing,  events,  and  sales  in  Northern  BC for Pacific  Western  Brewing Company.    Giving  back  and  staying involved in the community is a top priority for Kyle.  He spends his spare time hooking up with local charities, not-for-profits  and  the  like –  you  can  usually  catch  him  out  and  about  supporting  the  community  in  various  events, working with local businesses around town.  He has his heart in Prince George and he's very proud to call it home, and we in  turn are very proud to have  Kyle  commit to be part of  the BWTS team – he is a great  addition to our loaded cast. Watch out for him - he's here to bust a move in the face of fundraising and has made it clear he has an eye on that mirror-ball trophy as he puts on his dancing shoes and gets ready to boogie with Colleen!


Team Hub City – Rich Schleich & Leslie Farella 

Rich Schleich was born and raised in Prince George. His father Karl, was associated with Hub City for well over 40 years and was one of the owners for 25 of those years. Rich started his working career at Hub City as a lot person, working his way through as a detailer, then a certified Journeyman Technician. He ran the service department for 10 years and then ran the dealership and sales side for the past 4 years after officially taking over the company in 2012. He and his wife Sarah are now the current majority owners along with a business partner. They are very community orientated and having received so much support through the years from the community, they very much want to give back. They have three children, Quentin, Sawyer and Apollo, and Rich is currently working towards his BComm with accounting major. He is very much into running and working out and leads a very athletic lifestyle - the fact that he is at the gym by 6 every morning and works out for an hour and a half, 6 days a week proves that! He jumped at the chance for BWTS because he and his wife absolutely love DWTS. He has always wished that he could dance because his wife loves to dance and he wants to be able to join her on the dance floor – his goal is to learn to dance and help generate funds towards such a worthwhile cause. We sure aim to help Rich do just that!

Team Hell yeah prince george – Scott McWalter & Karelya Medialdea

Scott McWalter, founder of the Hell Yeah PG Facebook Group, is a Marketing & Communications Executive with the Brink Group of Companies.  Scott is a life-long promoter of Prince George and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and his Masters degree in Business Administration all at UNBC.  In addition to being a proud resident of Prince George and fierce advocate for Northern British Columbia, he is also a Group Fitness Instructor at the Northern Sport Centre, Lead Organizer of the Prince George Terry Fox Run and former Vice President of the British Columbia Indoor Soccer League, all while sitting on the PG Triathlon Organizing Committees.  We are lucky to have Scott as part of the BWTS team this year and we are confident he will play a big part of reaching our goal for the UHNBC wheelchair replacement program.


Team Canadian Tire – Selen Alpay & Colleen Sparrow 

Selen Alpay and his wife Anita moved to Prince George in September 2007 when he took over as Associate Dealer of the Prince George Canadian Tire store. Selen started his career with Canadian Tire when he was in his teens, as a manual inventory counter in his home town of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Selen and Anita owned their first store in Amherstburg, Ontario, which opened in November, 1995. Since then they've owned a number of Canadian Tire stores in Canada. They loved Prince George right away, not only because of the area’s great natural beauty, but because the city still radiates a “small-town” comfortable feel. Selen has been very “community-minded” throughout his life. He believes strongly in giving back and helping others as much as he can so has become very involved with the local charities and organizations. He believes that everyone has a story and deserves the right to feel cared for. He strongly believes in the power of the “TEAM”. This is Selen’s second time participating in BWTS, though he still says jokingly that he has “two-left feet”. Selen has come back again this year knowing how these funds can make such a large impact in our community and wanting to be involved in the fun of making it a success.

Colleen Sparrow has carried the role of publisher at the Prince George Citizen since February 2012 and is the first female publisher of the newspaper in its 98-year history. She has worked for the Citizen since 1991, starting in the business office. In 2002, she was named circulation manager and took on regional management responsibilities for distribution and circulation of all Glacier Media B.C. properties. Colleen has lived in Prince George for 42 years, moving here with her family from Saskatchewan in 1972. She has been a member of the Kiwanis Club since 2002 and during her 12 years with the service club, she also served as Board Chair for 2 years. In addition to her work on the Spirit of the North Board, she’s a member of the Initiatives Prince George Board of Directors. Ever since Del Laverdure helped organize the community health rally in 2000, the Citizen has taken on a leadership role in supporting health care in Prince George. Colleen is the fourth consecutive Citizen publisher to serve on the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation board.


 Team Tommy B Good – Tom Sentes & Paz Milburn 

 Tom and better half Judy moved to Prince George in 1993 - they have two married boys and three wonderful grandchildren.  Tom joined Wood Weaton GM where he enjoyed an involved and successful career until retiring in May of this year - his retirement fit in nicely with his approach to life as an avid outdoorsman, with lots of fly-fishing, camping and hiking.  He has served on many boards, including the Haldi Women’s Recovery Centre, Baldy Hughes Recovery Centre, Yellowhead Rotary, and most appropriately for us, the Board of Directors for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.  Tom and two friends started two successful restaurant’s, Cimo Mediterranean Grill and North 54.  He believes that dance improves the social community, and wants to promote it more.  He has enjoyed partnering with Paz and learning dance so much, that he was convinced to build a dance floor in his own home – he is confident all those months of practice will pay off in defending his championship performance from 2011! Tom strongly believes in the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation because it supports the North with all the money raised to help the people of the North, staying right here.


Team The River (101.3 fm) – Tyler Lippingwell & Laura Brough

  Tyler is born and bred in BC, growing up in the lower mainland in Maple Ridge, but recently moved to Prince George to work with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  He is the CKPG FunChaser, so with the nature of his job covering community events, don’t be surprised if you see him around town enjoying the exciting things that Prince George has to offer.  He is also involved in the sports community as he is the Media Director for the major midget hockey team, the Cariboo Cougars.  He has also done work with the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL and this summer was appointed Media Director of the International World Baseball Challenge Tournament that saw baseball teams from as far away as Japan!  Tyler is not scared to admit that he has zero background in dance, but that is why he is excited to take on this challenge, giving him the opportunity to learn, while helping a good cause!  We are hoping his experience with the media is going to give Tyler an edge in the BWTS competition.

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