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Couples dance night away for charity (video)

By Bianca Montes
Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:23 a.m.

Chris and Carly Wall, of Victoria, perform the peabody charleston dressed as Bonnie and Clyde during the  fourth annual Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style event at the Leo J. Welder Center in Victoria.

Winners

Chris and Carly Wall took home the Mirror Ball trophy for raising the most amount of money, close to $7,000, and also took home the judges' trophy for best dancers.

When Dr. Russell Hohlt ripped open his shirt to reveal a bright blue Superman T-shirt underneath, one thing was clear: He and his wife came to win.

As did the three other couples who danced across the Leo J. Welder Center stage for the fourth annual Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style competition.

This year, the fundraiser that benefits the Billy T. Cattan Recovery Outreach Center in Victoria looked toward famous couples to set the scene for the night's events.

Hohlt and his wife performed as Clark Kent and Lois Lane as they danced the fox trot.

Other famous couples to perform were Bonnie and Clyde, performed by Chris and Carly Wall; Sonny and Cher, performed by Dr. Craig Chang and Deanna Chang; and Bud and Sissy, performed by Capt. Abel Arriazola and Becky Arriazola.

Allison Arriazola said she expected her mother - the zumba queen - to perform well but was shocked by her father's smooth delivery of his steps. "He had his moves down," she said.

As for the judges' comments, Russell Janecka, who has a long history of dance involvement with the Busby Dancenter and the Victoria Ballet Theatre, said, "The two of you were really lost in each other's eyes."

Margery and Derrick Hall, who have attended the past two years of the fundraiser, said they were rooting for the Arriazolas.

"(Their performance) was smart," Derrick Hall said. "It was really good."

The judges, however, seemed to have enjoyed the Changs' Sonny and Cher impersonation - glittery dresses and fake black mustaches and all.

"It's kind of nerve-wracking," Craig Chang said after his dance. "It's a lot different than doing surgery."

When asked which was easier - surgery or dancing - he quickly said surgery.

Margery Hall said the Hohlts were a close second for her because of the whole ripping the shirt open to reveal his Superman identity at the end.

"It wasn't expected," she said. "It was a nice addition."

Maria Zarkelback said her vote would go to the Walls because they, "stole the show."

Chris Wall said, looking back, the experience is not what he expected.

"It's a fast dance. It has some fast parts in it, and it changes pace from slower to quicker steps that push our limits," he said. "It's challenging."

The couple said the Billy T. Cattan Center is what swayed them to participate this year.

"It brings awareness to the outreach center," Carly Wall said. "Whatever we do to raise funds is important to me."

The judges said they felt the couple had a good stage presence and moved well and particularly liked the couple's Bonnie and Clyde costumes.

"You are a precious Bonnie and Clyde," Penny Pavlica said from the stage.

Since 2010, the dance fundraiser has grossed about $170,000 for the center.

Founded in November 1999, the faith-based alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility has provided outpatient intervention and treatment programs for about 500 people a year, said Executive Director Mary Helen Barrick.

This year is the last that the center will conduct the Dancing with the Stars Victoria Style benefit, but Barrick said she looks forward to future fundraising events.

"We're not done yet," she said.

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