'Dance for Life' draws stars, crowd and money for a cause (GALLERY)

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 01:57 PM.

While the audience cheered Dovolani and Hightower's high-energy performances, two residents vying for the evening's top honor in the showcase's version of "Dancing with the Local Stars" likewise drew accolades.

Hospital administrator Alicia Booker, dancing with Colón, and attorney Muncelle Mitchell, with professional dancer Aaron Stowell, wowed the audience with their performances.

The crowd soon translated cheers of approval into more funding for Covenant Hospice, putting their money where their mouths were as they voted for their favorite.

Raising close to $230 over Booker's $103, Mitchell took the title for her waltz-like performance, seemingly effortlessly sweeping the stage in a sky-blue gown.

Backstage after their performances, she and Booker said their performances were anything but effortless.

"I'm shaking like a leaf," Mitchell said. "But it was a fabulous experience. I am totally addicted to ballroom dancing right now."

"It was definitely something outside my comfort zone, but it was something I can easily get used to," Booker said. "Any anxiety we had was well worth the cause we were supporting."

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