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Cristo Rey – Dancing with the Kansas City Stars

Fancy footwork was imperative as Cristo Rey Kansas City’s annual fundraiser, Dancing with the Kansas City Stars, made the switch to a live-streamed event. The honorary chairman was David Johnson, with Julisha Wilkins and Justina Wilkins, Cristo Rey alumnae and seniors at the University of Missouri – Columbia, as honorary co-chairmen. Kathleen Couchonnal, Kathleen Callahan, and Becky Herring served as the co-chairmen. The Grand Prize Winner was Dr. Dan “Elvis” Gurley. Tom Jones was first runner up, and Deana Werkowitch was second runner up. The other contestants were Michael Jackson, Dr. Sarah Kucera, Lindsey Roy, and the Honorable Stephanie Taormina.   

Dr. Sarah Kucera with Johnny Francoviglia, dance partner


Johnny Francoviglia, dance partner, with Second Runner Up Deana Werkowitch


Julisha Wilkins and Justina Wilkins, honorary co-chairmen and Cristo Rey alumnae


Laura Szymanski, dance partner, looked on as Tom Jones showed his delight at receiving the First Runner Up Mirror Ball.


Party starters were delivered by volunteers to event sponsors. 


Lindsey Roy with James Netherton, dance partner 


(Front row) Carole Gurley, mother of Grand Prize Winner Dr. Dan “Elvis” Gurley (back row) Margie and Mic Morris


Grand Prize Winner Dr. Dan “Elvis” Gurley with Tamara Sanders, dance partner 


Rafael Labrado, dance partner, and the Honorable Stephanie Taormina earned Judges’ Choice.


Michael Jackson with Toni Dodd, dance partner

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