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Austin celebs dance up $1.3 million during dazzling downtown fundraiser

Austin celebs dance up $1.3M during dazzling downtown fundraiser

Dancing with the Stars 2018
Winners Kendall Beard McMinn and professional partner Tobi Kretschmer. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Sarah Vasilas and SaulPaul. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Lisa Vargas. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Kara Swinney and Matt Swinney. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
This year's cast.  Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Emcees Glenn Ball and Holly Mills Gardner. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Auctioneer Heath Hale. Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018

Center for Child Protection board president Tama Williamson and CEO Michael Torres.
Photo courtesy of Center for Child Protection
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018
Dancing with the Stars 2018

What: 12th Annual Dancing with the Stars Austin

Where: JW Marriott 

The lowdown: Dancing with the Stars Austin, one of the city's most entertaining philanthropic events, returned on November 26 in support of the Center of Child Protection. More than 800 guests gathered to watch this decidedly local twist on the hit television show, which pairs Capital City celebs with professional dancers for an epic, no-holds-barred dance-off.

The Grand Ballroom of the JW Marriott was transformed for the evening — an evening that happened to raise $1.3 million for the children's charity. The local luminaries dancing their way into the spotlight this year included Jonathan Davis, Marcy Carpenter, Stephanie O’Neill, SaulPaul, Pradeep Kumar, Marianna Waite, Steven Hernandez, Shawn Cirkiel, Caprice Richards, Kendall Beard McMinnAaron Williams, and special guest dancer Betsy Hudson.

Judges Brad Booker, Alex Franco, and Sara Osburn from Mix 94.7 ultimately awarded Kendall Beard McMinn and professional partner Tobi Kretschmer the trophy for their routine set to “A Little Party.” Caprice Richards and her partner Albert Tallieur took first runner-up, while Aaron Williams and dance partner Azucena Perez nabbed second runner-up.

The competition wasn't the only draw. Guests also enjoyed a live auction, raffle for a 2018 Lexus RX 350L courtesy of Lexus of Austin & Lakeway, a $2,500 H-E-B gift card, and Southwest Airlines tickets. 

Who: Glenn Ball, Holly Mills-GardnerFrancie Little, Jenny MasonMelanie McLeroy, Justin Sellers, Roxann Lagow, DJ Gatsby, Tama Williamson, Kara Swinney, Matt Swinney, and Lisa Vargas.