‘First Call’ to hold Dancing with Stars event

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Getting a jump on March Madness, First Call Pregnancy Center will present its own dazzling brand of spin moves and athleticism on Thursday, March 10th at 7 p.m. The standing-room-only fundraiser, Dancing with the Lake Oconee Stars (DWTLOS), will rock the stage of the Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton for the third year running. Guest emcee, the popular Rick Franks of Franks Chiropractic Life Center, will keep the evening moving. Dr Frank’s energetic wife, Martha, turned the beat around and placed high in last year’s competition when she added an American flair to the Conga. Back by popular demand are entertaining judges Erin Garrett and Michael Wells. Rounding out the panel for this year is guest judge Pitter Kalpak-Goughnour, well-known photographer. First Call’s combo of judges is sure to peg the fun meter throughout the evening’s friendly competition. There will be added surprises while votes are being tabulated to make for one slam dunk of a show!

Ten dance couples are already at work vying for the two prized disco ball awards, The People’s Choice Award and the Judges Award. First Call is pleased to announce its 2016 dance couples: Lyda Bonifay and Jack Baker; Maureen Brower and Scott Pitocchelli; Leslie Clark and Tim Rogers; Dona Franks and Bob Welsh; Becky Galvin and Fuzzy Fasnaght; Susan Lee and Charlie Vaughn; Christy McCabe and Joe Vargas,; Crystal Pittman and Denver Shelnutt; Elaine Thillen and Toby Dalton; Heather Turner and Chris Vaughan.

These dance couples will fill the lake community with rhythm and music over the next several weeks. Watch social media for photos and videos as these community stars pour a lot of sweat equity into dance routines that will make them all winners for First Call’s mission to help women in crisis and promote the sanctity of life. Dancer Bob Welsh expressed his motivation to participate this way, “I consider First Call to be one of the best community serving organizations in the Lake Country area. I feel privileged and happy for the opportunity to help raise funds for the First Call Pregnancy Center.” Bob’s dance partner is the popular Madison resident, Dona Franks, who is known for her exceptional comedic talent on the community theater stages in Morgan and Greene Counties. Dona gladly agreed to dance for the Center because as she says, “I am proud to be a part of a fundraiser to help First Call Pregnancy Center.

The Center has been serving Morgan County for quite some time, and now in a very visible way with their new mobile unit.” Voting has already begun. Go to the website: firstcall.me, then click on Dancing with the Lake Oconee Stars. Find your favorite dance couple, and show your support by choosing a credit card option to cast your vote. Remember 1 dollar equals 1 vote. Last year dance couples raised an amazing $90,000 for life. You can help this year’s dancers surpass that goal with your generous support. They are counting on you! Executive Director Margaret Keck explained, “Funds raised by DWTLOS will allow First Call to expand our area of service to include Putnam and Taliaferro counties as well as Hancock and Morgan with our Mobile Program.” The mobile unit or Big Birtha, the Center’s affection nickname for its customized RV, is literally a dream come true. The fully-equipped unit providing ultrasounds and other care for pregnant women was purchased by the Center in 2015, after First Call broadened its vision in 2013.

“Tickets will sell out quickly if last year’s rush to buy was any indication,” stressed Director Keck. She went on to say, “We are so excited to watch each year how much fun our community has participating with each couple in competition.”   Tickets are $20 and may be purchased on Thursday, February 25th, and Friday, February 26th. Ticket sales will continue the following week until the tickets are sold out. Call 706.453.1908 from 9a.m. – 5p.m. Up to six tickets may be purchased by an individual caller. Tickets will only be sold over the phone, no walkups. Please continue to call until your call is received. Volunteers at the Center will handle your call as quickly as possible. This uplifting show is one that you don’t want to miss. Call early on February 25

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