Local dancers meet partners for Dancing With The Stars of Florence

on Monday, 19 January 2015. Posted in News

Published in the News Journal 1/13/2015 12:57:00 PM

The dancers for the 5th Annual Dancing With The Stars of Florence have been paired with partners and chosen their songs for this popular competition and benefit to take place on Tuesday, March 31. All funds raised go to the School Foundation. This year's celebrity dancers paired with professionals are: Mike Miller and Cheyanne Beck; Robert Watkins and Drew Arnold; Michele Pridgen and Jacob Coward; Ashley Nance and Desiree Stokes; Fields Norwood and Tiffany Welsh; Dr. Deepak Chowdhary and Brandi Williamson; Steve Wade and Kayce Smith; Chris Warner and Meggie Baker; Will King and Amanda Smith; Dr. Susan Ninichuck and Jovan Kindred; Cedric Kennedy and Shandi Cox; Rick Ryan and Georgeanna Kelley.

These local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 5th Annual Dancing With The Stars of Florence. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the competition will begin at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom-designed piece of jewelry, donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design. A limited number of tables and individual tickets went on sale to the public on Jan. 12. Pricing for tables of eight guests begins at $1,000 and individual tickets sell for $75. Over $480,000 has been raised from this benefit over the last four years. After Feb. 1, fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at www.FlorenceDancingWithTheStars.com for only $10 per vote.

The "People's Choice" mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple "Technical Skills Winner" based on the contestants' overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as "Most Entertaining" by the judges. You can follow the dancers' progress on Facebook at Dancing With The Stars of Florence. The School Foundation's board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will be master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2014 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.

About The School Foundation Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www. theschoolfoundation.org. To date, the foundation has provided over $962,000 in grants to FSD1 educators and is currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. The foundation also launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.