Robbie Timms, Meggie Baker to samba for DFOFS
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
Robbie Timms is banking on cashing in a win at this year’s Dancing For Our Future Stars competition on March 22 at the SiMT. He and dance partner Meggie Baker are perfecting their samba dance routine to the Temptation’s upbeat “I Can’t Get Next To You.”
Robbie works at BB&T and Meggie is a lawyer employed with HopeHealth as Director of Corporate Compliance, Risk Management and Grants Administration. The two have known each other for a long time.
Robbie claims he is not a dancer, but he and his wife enjoy shag dancing.
He says he is happy to participate in this fund-raising event for The School Foundation because he grew up attending Florence schools and now he has a child attending Royall Elementary and another who will in the future.
“I want to support the students at Florence School District 1 and also my friend Debbie Hyler,” he said. Debbie is director of The School Foundation which raises funds for grants to public schools.
Meggie began her dance training at an early age and has never stopped. She has participated as a professional dancer with Dancing For Our Future Stars for six years. Three years ago, she and then partner Chris Warner danced away with the Mirror Ball Award. They won with a samba dance routine.
Meggie is also a veteran performer at the Florence Little Theatre.
“I absolutely love to perform.” she stated. “I enjoy this event because of the friendly spirit of the dancers who get along well.”
It’s fun, she continued, watching the evolution of the unexperienced dancers as they progress from being nervous and scared, to becoming confident and dynamic on the stage.
The local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at the SiMT for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy at this 8th annual dance competition on March 22. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by 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.
The remaining dance couples for this year’s event are:
• Dr. Lisa Bishara (McLeod Health) and Joseph Steen
• Ken Baker (WMBF News) and Mary Grace Colburn
• Louie Callahan (Burch Oxner Seale Co., CPAs) and Alexis McDonald
• Ron Glancy (Raines Hospitality) and Tiffany Welsh
• David Hall (First Reliance Bank) and Erin Haynes
• Dr. Ramzy Hourany (Carolinas Hospital System) and Julia Thompson
• Jammie McDonald (First Citizens Bank) and Cole Davis
• Joey McMillan (Coldwell Banker McMillan and Associates) and Katelyn Rodgers
• Dr. Calvin Robinson (Trinity Baptist Church) and Fallon Frierson
• Chris Rogers (Carver Elementary School) and Morgan Truitt
• Les Ward (Pepsi of Florence, LLC/Pee Dee Food Service) and Mallory Baxley
Fans can vote online for their favorite couple(s) at DancingForOurFutureStarsOfFlorence.com for $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.
School Foundation board member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Coble will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. The 2017 celebrities will perform the opening act and the KFA Fierce Team will provide special entertainment throughout the evening.
All proceeds from this major fund-raising event will go to The School Foundation. Founded in 2000, the foundation promotes educational excellence in Florence, SC School District 1 through grants for innovative learning and through high impact initiatives designed to prepare all students for success.
To date, the foundation has provided over $1,355,377 in grants to FSD1 educators and is currently leading a school readiness awareness campaign focusing on preparing all children to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to succeed. The foundation also launched Start2Read, a program that distributes age appropriate books and reading tips in local businesses.
To learn more about The School Foundation, visit their website at www.theschoolfoundation.org.