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Pairings announced for Dancing For Our Future Stars

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Arts & Culture, Local News

Pairings announced for Dancing For Our Future Stars

The nine couples competing in the 2020 Dancing For Our Future Stars were announced Jan. 9 at a Pairings Party held in MUSC Health Florence’s Floyd Center.

The 2020 Dancing For Our Future Stars, an annual fundraiser for The School Foundation, will take place Thursday, March 26 at The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology.

This year’s line up of couples includes:

• Ashley Christenbury (First Bank) and Tripp Taylor

• Dan Massey (GE Healthcare) and Tiffany Welsh

• Dr. Brian Hutcheson (HopeHealth) and Meggie Baker

• Dr. Jarrod Tippins (The Pharmacy) and Hannah Yarborough

• Dr. Vivek Vasuki (Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C.) and Erin Haynes

• Dr. Will Jackson (McLeod Health) and Dr. Rachel Fenters

• Greg Johnson (Florence 1 Schools) and Alexis McDonald

• Joshua Smalls (Otis Elevator) and Kara Tanner

• Keisha Johnson (Assurant) and Chris Mixon

• Kyle Baxter (MUSC Health Florence Medical Center) and Mallory Baxley

• Les Echols (Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce) and Caroline Tanner

• William Schofield (Carolina Supply House, Inc.) and Connie Mixon

The local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square off at SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. The competition will follow 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.

Beginning in February, fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at 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 Board Member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2019 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.

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 date, the foundation has provided over $1,670,444 in grants to Florence 1 educators.

The newly founded Early Childhood Ambassadors program is designed to improve education in Florence by involving local leaders in the latest trends and research concerning young children and education programs serving children and families. The Fellows in Education program is now in its fifth year and our StartSMART and Start2Read initiatives are continuing to make an impact in the Florence Community.

To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at

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