Nathaniel and Connie are ready to Cha Cha
By: William Mingus, III
Nathaniel Lockhart of AccuStaff will be a star participating in this year’s Dancing for Our Future Stars of Florence. His partner will be Connie Mixon.
Nathaniel and Connie will be dancing the Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).
Connie has been dancing for fourteen years. She has preformed the opening number a few times with Dancing for Our Future Stars but this is her first year with a partner. She is excited to raise money to help the School Foundation. Connie enjoys the fact that Nathaniel is willing to learn the dance.
Nathaniel has no previous dancing experience but said rehearsals are going great. He said that Connie is a great teacher. Nathaniel got involved with the Dancing for Our Future Stars because the School Foundation is such a great organization and he is excited to help out as much as he can.
The other participants are:
•Ed Clements (12th Circuit Solicitor) and Deysha Miller
•Tyron Jones (FDTC) and Amanda Smith
•Robert LeMaster (Edward Jones) and Meggie Baker
•Matt Dowdell (Florence 1 Schools) and Tiffany Welsh.
•Jean-Baptiste Mathieu (GE Healthcare) and Erin Haynes
•Kevin Miller (McLeod Health & Fitness) and Ethan Welsh
•Dr. Veeral Oza (McLeod Digestive Health Center) and Rachel Fenters
•Robin Parker (Fitness Forum) and Cole Davis
•Dr. Tyler Perry (Palmetto Smiles) and Hannah Yarborough
•Johnny Rishmawi (Budget Blinds) and Julia Williams
•Luke Wilcox (Wilcox Office Mart) and Alexis McDonald
On Thursday, March 28, local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at the 9th annual dancing competition. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the competition at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, beverages, fellowship, and an opportunity to win a custom designed jewelry piece donated by Lisa and Lex Matthews of Southern Jewelry Design.
Fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for only $10 per vote. The “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophies will be awarded to the three couples raising the most votes. A panel of judges will name one couple “Technical Skills Winner” based on the contestants’ overall skills. One couple will also be chosen as “Most Entertaining” by the judges. Dancers receiving the largest number of online votes will be awarded the “Social Stars” trophy.
The School Foundation’s board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2018 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.
About The School Foundation
Founded in 2000, The School Foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence 1 Schools through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success. To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www. theschoolfoundation.org. To date, the foundation has provided over $1,525,030 in grants to Florence 1 educators and launched their Count 5! public awareness campaign at the district’s 2018 Early Childhood Champions Summit. The foundation is leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed and launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.