DANCING WITH OUR FUTURE STARS: School Foundation reveals lineup for annual fundraiser.
The School Foundation has announced its lineup of dance couples for the 2021 Dancing For Our Future Stars, which will return Sept. 14 after taking a year and a half off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds raised from the program will help the School Foundation provide grants for the students and teachers of Florence 1 Schools. The dance couples are: Ashley Christenbury (First Bank) and Yancey Stokes; Dan Massey (GE Healthcare) and Brianna Russell; Dr. Michael Foxworth (HopeHealth) and Meggie Baker; Dr. Jarrod Tippins (The Pharmacy) and Hannah Yarborough; Dr. Vivek Vasuki (Carolinas Centers for Sight, P.C.) and Kara Tanner; Dr. Will Jackson (McLeod Health) and Dr. Rachel Fenters; Greg Johnson (Florence 1 Schools) and Alexis McDonald; Sarah Duby (Assurant) and Chris Mixon; Jay Hinesley (MUSC Health Florence Medical Center) and Mallory Baxley; Les Echols (Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce) and Maya Chokshi; William Schofield (Florence City Councilman and Carolina Supply House, Inc.) and Connie Mixon. These local celebrities and their professional dance partners will square-off at the Southeastern Institute for Manufacturing and Technology on the campus of at Florence-Darlington Technical College for a chance to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with 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 www.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 Board Member Ed Love and local celebrity Audra Grant will serve as master and mistress of ceremonies. 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 $1,840,572.78 in grants to Florence 1 educators.