Rep. Brian White and 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams are among the eight local “celebrities” to participate in the Sixth Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event to be at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Produced by the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, the event is modeled after the popular ABC TV show “Dancing With the Stars.” It is being held to raise money for eight local charities and the PolioPlus initiative of the Rotary Foundation.
Rep. White will dance with Mary Ann McBride for Anderson Interfaith Ministries. Solicitor Adams will dance with Wayne Conover for the Cancer Association of Anderson. Other contestants are Dr. Stuart Barnes, to dance with Lisa Burns for the Anderson Free Clinic; Chad McBride, public information office for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, to dance with Yvonne Conover for Foothills Alliance; Christie Dove, RN, to dance with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate; Elisha Price, a National Guard soldier on active duty in Anderson, to dance with Craig Smith for the S.C. Military Family Care Association; Mary Gay Drake, RN, and Scott Drake, to dance for United Way of Anderson County; and Shirley Davis and mortician Marcus Brown, to dance for the Westside Community Center.
The theme this year is “On Broadway,” and a theatrical decor is planned. A full dinner will be provided by Cromer Food Services and the admission price covers soft drinks, tea, wine and beer. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to dance to deejay Ben Phillips’ music after the competition ends. An array of items and services will be auctioned off during the evening.
A ticket costs $40 and a table for eight may be purchased for $320. Individual tickets are available at the Main Street office of Park Sterling Bank (formerly Capital Bank). Tables may be purchased by contacting Amelia Nelson at 864-934-9000.
Dancers will compete before judges Randy Spearman, a two-time winner of Dancing for Our Heroes; Rotary District Governor Gary Goforth; and ballroom dancer Dave Thomas.
In addition to the Judge’s Choice award, dancers are selling votes for a dollar apiece to win a People’s Choice Award. All the money they raise will go to their individual charities and the profit from the evening will be divided among the charities with a smaller donation going to Polio Plus.
Check out Dancing for Our Heroes on Facebook for photos of the couples rehearsing and for photos from the 2011 competition.
For more information, call Kathryn Smith at 864-202-7093.