Stars light up the dance floor

Brittany Whitley Featured, News

For the seventh year in a row, the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club (MMBGC) brought the stars to Madison, and the stars brought the heat in the club’s most notable and highly awaited Dancing with the Madison Stars fundraiser.

The evening commenced with the most important stars of the night, the MMBGC youth, whose outstanding Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson inspired moves burst the packed gallery of the Cultural Center annex into action.

MMBGC Youth of the Year Ar’Mond Wright’s speech added the sparkle atop the youth’s performance as he courageously poured out his story before the audience. He described with conviction the aspirations that he now has because of the impact of the Club: to help the youth.   

“A highlight moment for me was watching our Youth of the Year Ar’Mond Wright share his story with our audience,” Senior Executive Director Karen Robertson shared. “I was so proud of him and was so moved as I watched his mother and grandmother emotionally look onward as he easily captivated the room with his honesty. Ar’Mond shared his vision of how he wants to help people younger than him because of what the Club has done for him. I’m so delighted for his next chapter, that Madison got to hear this young man share his dreams and they helped continue to fund his future and other youths at Dancing with the Madison Stars.”

Wright’s speech left the audience captivated in awe, but the show was not over yet. Dancing groups from all over Morgan County twirled and two-stepped their talent across the floors in the name of entertainment, but more importantly, support for the youth.

DWTMS Judges Erin Garret, Stan DeJarnett, and Steve Speyer faced a challenging decision, but chose the phenomenal dancing dog grooming group, The Fetch House Trio, who pleased the crowd with their Bollywood-Thriller inspired moves, as the Judge Choice winners of the night.

The audience, however, also had a choice to make online and in-person through their $1 People’s Choice vote entries. Bringing in a whopping $12,000 in votes, Maddox & Mary Hollis Pugmire were titled as the People’s Choice winners.

During the event, locals also advantaged themselves to participate in the Fund the Future initiative. The community’s support went towards funding 100 of MMBGC’s youth for one year. The Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia (BGCNCG) and MMBGC also took time during the event to present Penny Foote, a MMBGC volunteer, with the Babs Johnston Special Honor Award.

“Watching our Club youth share their talents at Dancing with the Madison Stars was a highlight for me,” BGCNCG CEO and President Bob Mackey shared. “Our youth worked so hard on their dance routine and to see their faces light up with joy as they performed reminded me why we do what we do. All of our efforts are to ensure our youth succeed and continue to go after their dreams. We are so thankful for the community continuing to support our youth in Morgan County!”

“Dancing with the Madison Stars was such a great time,” Roberston said. “Our mission is to ensure our youth reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens and we can’t do this work without the loving support of our community. We like to say that ‘Great Futures Start Together’ because this work is a partnership. So, thank you Morgan County for supporting out youth and this event!”

For more information about Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club visit, or call 706-342-1117

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