The Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce is holding its Dancing with the Stars gala on Jan. 9, 2010 at the new Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

"I can't even tell you what a big deal this is," Sharon Lurtsema, chamber board member, told the audience at the chamber's annual meeting last week. "It will be one of, if not the biggest first events" at the new resort and hotel at the foot of Wild Burro Canyon in north Marana. "It's going to be awesome, great and fabulous."

This year's dancers are Keri Ruffell of 123 Fit, LaTanya Sheffield of Sports Extravaganza, Mary Davis of the Town of Oro Valley, Richard Underwood of AAA Landscape, Dr. Mahesh Tipirneni of Vitality Medical and Wellness Center, and Danny Sharp, chief of the Oro Valley Police Department.

"The new dancers are going to have a lot of fun, and a lot of work ahead of them," said outgoing chamber board chairman Gregg Forszt, who danced in the inaugural event last fall.

Jill Klein won a free, $100 ticket to the gala.

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