Dancing for a cause

Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured


Madison’s most famous “stars” took the stage of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center last week, dazzling the crowd with an evening of fancy footwork all in an effort to raise money for the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club. And these dancers did not disappoint! The sixth annual Dancing With the Madison Stars (DWMS) garnered more thsn $95,000, which will be used to sponsor 20-plus children’s memberships at the club.

“It’s a record-breaking year!” said Nancy Vaughan, co-chair of the Madison- Morgan Boys & Girls Club. Indeed, this year’s event raked in more than double from last year’s DWMS.

“It is just so wonderful to see the entire community come out to support the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girl club,” said Vaughan. “This means so much to all of our kids. All monies raised go to operating expenses for our young people who need us the most. They deserve to have quality programming that develops life-skills, leadership ability and wise decision-making.”

“The kids won big,” said Vickie Hunt, co-chair of the event. “It was an unbelievable night.  Changing the world starts right here in our own community!”

All of the dancers who took part in Thursday night’s event practiced for weeks to put on an exhilarating show for the audience and to raise as much money as possible for the club.

Ed and Rachel Broyles won first place in the People’s Choice Award category. Numbers are still too close to call for second place, but it’s between Clint and Katherine Webster and a trio team comprised of Danielle Copeland, Sarah Ball, and Lisa Riser.

For the Judge’s Choice category, Talley Toro and Zeke Lambert landed first place.  Lisa Kalvelage and David Le took second place. Albert Goudelock and Linda Robinson came in third place.

But the real winners from last week’s DWMS are the kids of the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club.

“This incredibly kind donation by community members in attendance, will allow these children to engage in the life-shaping programs offered through Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club. These gifts make ripples in the ocean of possibility and those ripples touch lives for years to come. Great futures start together and Madison you’ve warmed our hearts beyond belief with your support. Thank you for those individuals who gave the gift of membership. You’re making a difference that will last a lifetime,” said a Boys & Girls Club press release.

Josh Wade, a Morgan County High School senior and the club’s pick for Youth of the Year, delivered a speech at DWMS about how the club has changed his life for the better.

“It was incredibly moving to hear,” said Vaughan.

Vaughan wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who participated and donated to make DWMS a success yet again.

“And I just have to say how marvelous Vickie Hunt, co-chair for this event has been. Every year she does a marvelous job of putting this all together. We couldn’t do it without her,” said Vaughan.

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