Dance Star’s “buzzing” trivia night raises nearly $5,000

Dance coach Amy Zampetides with Stars of Coffs Coast participant Emily McIlwraith, Sales Agent at Nolan Partners Real Estate.

DANCING her way to a $10,000 goal, Stars of Coffs Coast participant Emily McIlwraith raised $4,745 for Cancer Council at a Trivia Night on Friday 24 February at Coffs Harbour Racecourse.

“It was such a good turnout,” Emily, a Sales Agent at Nolan Partners Real Estate, told News Of The Area.

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“The atmosphere on the night was absolutely buzzing.

“There was so much laughter, and all the tables were competing against one another, especially during the auction.

“It was a really fun night.”

Emily gives a huge shout out to the Race Club for not only donating the space but also a twelve-year-old bottle of scotch as a prize for one of the games.

She thanks Spare Chef for donating nibbles and the following businesses who donated items for the auction: Ella Bache Coffs Harbour, Welcome Dental Urunga, Latitude 30, Reignite Candle Co, Carpet Court and Charlesworth Bay Resort.

“I’m excited to be working with my new dance partner Amy Zampetides over the next five weeks to smash out a new Salsa routine.

“We have a great connection and I’m excited to have some fun with the performance.”

Emily said she is completely blown away by the generosity of the people in our community with the donations and the attendance at the Trivia night.

“There were two tables of people that I had never met before and it was amazing to have so much support, so thank you Coffs Coast for all that you did.”

On her Cancer Council Stars of Coffs Coast fundraising page, Emily gives the reason for her participation in the event.

“People who know me personally, will know that this is extremely close to my heart so when I was nominated to do it, I said yes without a second thought.

“In 2020 we lost my mother-in-law to cancer.

“She was the most inspiring, courageous and amazing woman I have ever met and the world definitely isn’t the same without her.

“If by raising funds I can help another family from potentially not losing their family member, I will do whatever I can.”

The Stars of Coffs Coast finale is on Saturday 1 April at Coffs Harbour Education Centre (CHEC) Theatre.


Stars of Coffs Coast participant Emily McIlwraith raised $4,750 through her fundraising Trivia Night at Coffs Harbour Racecourse, which will be donated to Cancer Council.

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