Special to the Citizen
Dancing With Madison’s Stars never fails to disappoint, and the 5th Annual Event proved to be another crowd pleaser for all those who packed the Cultural Center Annex last Thursday evening. The event, which benefits the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, raised over $37,000 for the organization, which serves over 100 of our local youth during the school year and 130 members during our summer camp.
“We are so proud of our community who supports us throughout the year, and tonight’s event is such a visible show of that support. Truly, the community opened their hearts, checkbooks and put on their dancing shoes to raise much needed funds for our club’s operational expenses. We want to thank all of our board members who give of their time and resources to make this evening happen and especially to Vickie Hunt and her event committee – she is amazing,” the delighted Co-Presidents of the local club, Connie Bryans and Nancy Vaughan said.
The biggest thank you of all goes to the 11 dancing groups who practice long hours, put together their music and then entertain with each step, jump and leap.
This year’s popular vote went to the team of Sarah Jones and Sutton Trulock who produced a standing ovation their final moves from Dirty Dancing! The popular vote second place went to the Three Padres – Father Dann Brown, Father Randy Maddox and Rev. David Powers – truly men with soul! Third place was a tie between Maitlin Stapp and Bailey Smith and Briann Flowers and Ben Fierman.
Again, the event was delighted to welcome back those three judges who provide many laughs during the evening – Erin Garrett, Stan DeJarnett and Steve Speyer. Their first place award went to a delightful young couple, Eva Delaplane and Jairus Elarbee, who looked as if they might have stepped right out the 20’s time period and enchanted the audience with their skills and grace. Second place went to Maitlin Stapp and Bailey Smith and third place went to Briann Flowers and Ben Fierman.
Included in this fun filled night were both inspirational and laugh filled moments. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies – Chris Hilsman and Cindy Ferguson added their witty banter as the evening flowed. Dancers from the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club donned their red bow ties and began the evening with their high-stepping moves. Ms. Kaylaa Taylor, 2016-2017 Boys & Club Youth of the Year spoke sincerely of the influence and support that the club has had on her through both the difficult and the good times. And our event was delighted to welcome back last year’s Judges’ Award Winners – Karen Strelecki and Claudia Davis who wowed the audience last year with their hip hop thrift store moves.
The Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club extends their deep appreciation to so many who made this event a success.
Louie Herron Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – You are our first Center Stage Presenting Sponsor – THANK YOU!
Footloose Sponsors – Bryans Family Foundation, Madison Chop House, Fierman Law Firm, and Madison Lakes Friends
All That Jazz Sponsors – Amelia’s Apparel & Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co., Christie & Christopher Jones, Mike Conrads, The Davidson and Hunt families, Fierman Law Firm, Chris Lambert, The Hull, Lehman, McCauley and Rushing Families, The Johnston and Massey Families, Susan and Tony McCullar, and Madison Lakes Friends
Dirty Dancing Partners – Algin Realty, Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co. and Penny Foote, Episcopal Church of the Advent, Madison Presbyterian Church and St. James Catholic Church, Farmview Market, Main Street Vet, Deneice and Brad Rice, and Ellen Sanders and Bowman Trumbo
Fame Partners – Born Shoe Co, Julie Jenkins, and Madison Studios
Special Sponsorship/Donations – Chick-fil-A, Madison Fitness Center, Point of Grace Dance Academy, Ingles and Ricardo’s, Morgan County Citizen, Madison Studios, Fierman Law Firm, Dock 103.9, Theresa Dickinson, Terry Massey, Joe Cardwell, David Shytle, Fairway Mortgage Eli Meyer, Madison Rentals – Al Kimsey, and Madison Chop House.