Dancing with the Stars twirls its way to the Bainbridge stage

Published 6:50 pm Friday, March 18, 2016

Dancing with the Stars (Bainbridge version) will be presented Saturday, April 30 at the Kirbo Center at Bainbridge State College. Get ready to see some of Bainbridge’s finest “celebrities” dance to the rhythms of the salsa and the waltz.

The evening is being presented as the major fundraiser for the Bainbridge Rotary Club, and replaces the Casino Night previously held for several years.

Event Chairperson Marjorie Mayfield has announced several of the dancing partners who have agreed to participate and are currently training with their professionals and picking their costumes.

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As of last Tuesday there were six teams identified. Names of those who have committed are: Jay Palmer with Susan Higdon and Nan MacIntosh with Sam Higdon. The Higdons are professionals from Tallahassee who have appeared extensively on the Bainbridge Little Theatre stage. Landon Marzolf will dance with Haley Cannady, Stacey Cunningham with Garrett Smith, Dr. Shawn Surratt with Taylor Bush and Blake Carruthers with Marjorie Mayfield. Mayfield said there is still time for more dancers to come forward for a maximum of 10 teams.

The event sponsor is Inland Oil. Some additional sponsors are CARE Chiropractic, Burke, Worsham and Harrell, Dowdy and Whittaker, Edward Jones (Emily Yent), First Port City Bank, First National Bank, and Stones Stores. An event sponsorship is $1,000, Salsa dance sponsor $500 and Waltz sponsor $250.

Proceeds will be applied to the purchase of equipment and technology for an additional Telehealth system. The club has previously supplied two elementary schools with the system. This year the recipient is Elcan King Elementary School.

Sponsors will receive free tickets according to the level of sponsorship. They will also be hosted at a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The dancing begins at 7:30.

Persons who are interested in a sponsorship or volunteering to dance are invited to contact Mayfield at 229-254-4630.

Tickets will go on sale next week and are available at the Edward Jones office of Emily Yent located on the downtown square.