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Stars of the North raises $138,00 for Cancer Council NSW!

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Luke Simmons & Cassandra with their medals

It’s not every day you see a local politician steam up the dance floor in a raunchy routine, or a shirtless CEO hip-hopping to Salt-N-Pepa while wearing loads of bling around his neck -but that’s exactly what the Stars of the North fundraiser delivered on Saturday night.

The winning performce: Salt N Peppa

Luke Simmons & Cassandra

And now Cancer Council NSW is thanking the North Shore community for coming together on Saturday 24 June at NORTHS Leagues Club in Cammeray to fundraise as part of the second annual Stars of the North dance gala.

The event, which raised over $138,000 for Cancer Council NSW, saw a line-up of 12 local business people, community leaders and cancer survivors paired with local dance instructors to learn a routine in a selected genre, like swing, tango and even Broadway Jazz!

Luke Simmons, the CEO of NORTHS, was a crowd favourite with his upbeat hip-hop routine, taking away the ‘People’s Choice Award’ by raising $1,070 on the night alone, in addition to his earlier efforts.

Our own Rachel Chappell stunned the crowd performing with an elegant routine in a glamorous red dress, scoring an impressive three 9/10s from the judges to tie for First place with Luke and fellow performer Matt Cross, before the tie was broken and Luke took home the trophy as the overall winner of Stars of the North 2017 in first place for ‘Judge’s Choice’.


The event’s high profile panel of judges were Gail Giles-Gidney (Willoughby Mayor), Joanne Middonte (Co-Owner of Arthur Murray Crows Nest) and Deni Hines (Australian singer and songwriter).

Rachel Chappell & Chris Michaels

Rachel Chappell & Chris Michaels

Chairman of North Sydney Innovation Network and Squirrel Street, Jono Herrman, who performed a classic waltz, won the ‘Highest Fundraiser Award’, raising a phenomenal $34,700 for Cancer Council NSW.

Becky Dadswell from Cancer Council NSW’s Metro Sydney office said the event was an outstanding success with each star bringing their own flair and unique personality to the stage.

“We couldn’t be more proud of every single one of our 12 ‘stars’ and the amazing support from the Northern Sydney community. They have done an incredible job learning to dance, they put on an amazing show, and have really given their all raising funds for Cancer Council NSW’s research, prevention, advocacy and information and support programs,” said Mrs Dadswell.

Cancer Council NSW is fundraising for Stars of the North until the end of July. Click here to make a donation or find out more.

Judge’s Choice

  • 1st: Luke Simmons & Cassandra
  • 2nd: Rachel Chappell & Chris Michaels
  • 3rd: Matt Cross & Caitlin Hoskings

Highest Fundraiser

  • 1st: Jono Herrman $34,707
  • 2nd: Luke Simmons $18,327
  • 3rd: Rachel Chappell $17,985

People’s Choice

  • 1st: Luke Simmons & Cassandra $1,070
  • 2nd: Maggie Minassian & Colette $895
  • 3rd: Jono Slingo & Tegan $350

2017 Stars

  • Jemima North, Founder of Pilatestry Studios
  • Rachel Chappell, Founder and Publisher at North Shore Mums
  • Justin Dethridge, Founder and Managing Director of Bligh Capital Partners
  • Rebecca Parish, Journalist at the North Shore Times
  • Luke Simmons, CEO of NORTHS Group
  • Jono Slingo, Ex-Owner of the Incinerator Café
  • Felicity Wilson, North Shore MP
  • Penny Pedersen, Presenter at Northside Radio FM99.3
  • Ken Goth, Chatswood Musical Society
  • Jono Herrman, Chairman of North Sydney Innovation Network and Squirrel Street
  • Matthew Cross, Government Relations Manager at The Property Council of Australia
  • Maggie Minassian, Director at Hartex Engineering
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