- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—MT. VERNON — The Seventh Annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser is planned for Aug. 22 at the Holiday Inn.

“We are extremely excited for our annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser,” said Emily Kimmey, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois director of development. “We have a great lineup of dancers so far; it looks to be the most entertaining year yet.”

The event is one of the largest fundraisers for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and this year, the group is teaming up with Centre Stage Studios to assist. Shannon Owens, owner of Centre Stage Studios, has donated choreography services for a number of the dance routines.

“Shannon is a fantastic choreographer,” Kimmey said. “We found that many people were willing to dance, but needed some help putting a routine together. By offering this option to potential dancers, it has helped us recruit dancers we may not have had otherwise.”

The event follows in the footsteps of the well-known television competition, Dancing With The Stars. However, the Girl Scouts event includes local celebrities who compete for the DWOS mirror ball trophy by earning the top spot in the two-part scoring system. Judges scores provide the first element to the dancer’s scores — the second element is audience participation as dancers can receive additional points based on donations from their supporters. The mirror ball trophy goes home with the team with the highest overall score.

The funds are used to provide financial assistance to at-risk girls, to maintain and improve GSSI camps and to develop Girl Scout leadership programs for nearly 14,000 girls throughout Southern Illinois.

This year, nine dance routines have signed up for the competition including the Bollywood Twisters, Centre Stage Dancers, Centre Stage Moms, Lesa Woods, Dean & Carolyn Montague, Devin Riley, The Hockets, The Drama Mammas and defending champions, The New Evolution.

Hosts this year are Brandon Bullard with Rare Chop House and Bria Ashby with Community First Bank of the Heartland. Celebrity judges are Mike Beard of the Insurance Store, a division of Diamond Brothers Insurance; Joe Gliosci of Peoples National Bank; Finny Mathew of Crossroads Community Hospital and Mary Beth Mezo of Smokin’ T’s BBQ.

Tickets are $45, which includes dinner and an evening of dancing. Table sponsorships are available for $500 and include a table for 10 attendees.

For more information about participating in theDWOS competition as s dance team or sponsor, or to purchase tickets, contact Kimmey at 242-5079 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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