Maybe you like supporting the Albemarle Area United Way. And may you enjoy dancing. Then maybe you can enjoy an evening that includes dancing while raising money for the nonprofit agency.
That evening would be the third annual Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser and campaign kickoff and it’s happening this Saturday at the KE White Center in Elizabeth City. It’s going to include a number of area residents dancing either in competition or exhibition. But most importantly, it provides the United Way with needed assistance this year.
By way of the United Way, 22 nonprofits in nine counties are funded in northeast North Carolina. These nonprofit services include childcare, youth programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic abuse and food aid.
Based on the hit show, “Dancing with the Stars,” Dancing Under the Stars pits couples against one another on the dance floor. These couples, according to event chairwoman Becky Elliot, will perform the tango, cha cha cha, rumba and even a shag.
“That includes showcase dancers, too,” says Elliot.
This year’s showcase dancers include Walt and Judy Schultz, Ann Hoffman and Wes Acker, Jan McCormick and Wes Aker, Steve Clark and Marilyn Adams and last year’s winners, Debbie Morrisette and Doug Gardner.
Dancing in the competition for the coveted mirror ball trophy will be Julie and Lee Pipkin, Lori and Sam Bloodworth, father/daughter team Amy and Leonard Harrison and Lynn Merritt and Rick Shafer.
The money for the United Way is raised through votes. The votes are $1 a piece so people are encouraged to vote as many times as they have dollars to donate.
The votes are collected either at the event or online. For online voting, go to www.ablemarleareauw.org and click on the Dancing Under the Stars tab. Votes can be cast until 3 p.m. on Friday.
To vote in person, you need a ticket to the event. Tickets to Saturday’s gala are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m.
For more information or tickets, contact the office of the United Way at 252-333-1510.