Updated 2:45 PM CDT, Sun, Mar 13, 2011
NBC Chicago’s Zoraida Sambolin tore up the dance floor on Friday, winning top honors at this year’s “Dancing with Chicago Celebrities” event.
The dance contest is a benefit to raise money for local breast cancer education, screening and treatment. It’s presented as a partnership between the Susan G.Komen for the Cure foundation, and the Arthur Murray dance studio.
Each celebrity partners with an Arthur Murray dance professional to learn a routine, and show off their newfound ballroom skills at the man gala and fundraiser.
“I had my own breast cancer scare last month and it rocked my entire world,” Sambolin said, “I am not a dancer, but I worked so hard for the women who called, emailed and wrote on my Facebook page that they’re fighting breast cancer. I wanted to do this to raise money for them.”
And she did. In all, this year’s event pulled in more than $172,000 for Susan G.Komen for the Cure. All of Chicago’s network news stations participated, except WTTW.
In just 6 years, Arthur Murray’s Dancing With Chicago Celebrities Gala has contributed almost half a million dollars to Komen.
First Published: Mar 13, 2011 2:40 PM CDT