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A glitzy crowd trekked it out to the North Charleston Convention Center for the annual Oxygen Ball, benefitting the American Lung Association. Partygoers entered the cocktail hour swathed in chic formal attire, and they perused the auction auction items and nibbled canapes while waiting in the long line for the bar.
The main doors opened, and guests swept into the massive dining hall for the evening’s main festivities, a live auction and the Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars competition. The oxygen bar, a conspicuous part of the previous years’ parties, did not make an appearance at this year’s Oxygen Ball, but partygoers eagerly anticipated watching local celebrities bust a move for charity.
Attendees lined up for their choice of two made-to-order food stations, and the extensive wait had many patrons grumbling audibly.
The energy picked up, however, as the live auction drew to a close and last year’s alumni celebrity dancers hit the floor for a victory lap. Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars 2011 winner Anita Zucker received an enthusiastic round of applause for her fiery routine, and then the Fred Astaire Dance performers took front and center with their dynamic moves.
Local competitors Noula Cumins, Len Hutchison, Mona Kalinsky, Scott Parker, and Rita Littles Scott each paired up with a professional dancer, and the performances rushed by in a whirl of glittering fabrics, perfectly executed dance steps, and loud cheers.
The American Lung Association strives to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Lung Association was founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, but today fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on environmental health, tobacco control, and asthma.