Long Beach Community Leaders and Celebrities Raise $250,000 at “Dancing for Our Stars”


The annual fundraiser, “Dancing for Our Stars” dance competition, brought together city community leaders and stars to support pediatric surgery at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB) on Feb. 6.

The event featured guest MC Justin Rudd, community activist, with guest judges Miss Long Beach 2009, Elisa Sabes; Miss Southern California, Mary Maldonado; and Ashley Prinzen, pageant agent. John Ratzenberger, the voice of numerous Disney and Pixar animated characters and Cliff Clavin of the sitcom “Cheers,” made a special appearance at the charity event.

In lieu of an auction, attendees “bid” on their favorite dance or dancers during the competition. Dancers included Randy Gordon, president/CEO, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; Fombe Ndiforchu, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach; and other hospital supporters.