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'Dancing Through Time' Raises More than $40,000 for Alzheimer's Association

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Some well-known faces in North Central West Virginia put on their dancing shoes tonight to raise money for a great cause.

It was a "Saturday Night Fever" at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, as some local celebrities went "Dancing Through Time."

"We're definitely going to surprise you with some of the moves that we have," said professional dancer Gaberial Akers.

The 5th annual event raises money for the West Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Organizers say they rely on events like these for a multitude of reasons.

"Events like this are where most of our funding comes from, for research and education programs in our state. All the money raised here stays in our state of West Virginia. There's great Alzheimer's research and education programs in our state here," said Kim Matres of the Alzheimer's Association.

The featured dancers were paired up with professionals and were each assigned a decade as a theme, from which they incorporated music, dance moves, and costumes.

"I am being tossed about, here and there, he can handle it," said Julia Chico Abbitt of Jackson Kelly Attorneys at Law.

For Chico Abbitt, and her partner Akers, it was all about the swing era of the 1940s.

"My dad danced with me, swing danced, and it was one of the styles of dance that was done that year. He had just passed away, and I said, 'You know, I might,' because it would be a fun way to remember him and do it. And we met the first night, and Gabe said, 'I've picked swing dance.' And I said, 'Oh, that's perfect,'" said Chico Abbitt.

But it was about more than just the performance itself to get the title of Dancing Champions. The dancers' fundraising efforts were also factored into the scoring.

The event raised more than $40,000 for the Alzheimer's Association.

WBOY's Kristian Claus and Gretchen Ross were also a part of the event.

The Motown Strutters also made several appearances throughout the night.

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