WRAL anchors raise money for charity

Posted April 26, 2009

— WRAL-TV anchors Valonda Calloway and Monica Laliberte danced on Sunday to raise money for charity. 

Calloway and Laliberte joined Ruth Sheehan from The News and Observer, and NBC-17’s Wes Hohenstein and Penn Holderness for the “Dancing Like the Stars” competition. Each local personality joined with a professional partner - similar to the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars.”

dancing like the stars WRAL anchors dance for charity

The event was held during the Southern Women’s Show at the State Fairgrounds.

Sheehan won this year's competition. Last year, former WRAL-TV anchor Lynda Loveland was named the winner..

This year’s judges were Mike Morse from G105, Mark Roberts, host of WRAL’s Brain Game and Freddie-Lee Heath, president-elect of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance.

All proceeds from the contest benefit the the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, which was cofounded in 2003 by former American Idol alum and Raleigh native Clay Aiken. The nonprofit promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with children who are not disabled.


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  • skaternum Apr 28, 2009

    We attended this and thought it was great. Valonda was the best dancer out there, but all the local media celebs did well and showed a lot of guts. Kudos to Ruth for raising the most money!

  • Life-goes-on. Apr 27, 2009

    Valonda Calloway is the perfect combination of grace, beauty and class.. a perfect 10 in every category.