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Popular dance fundraiser will return

Event committee members Jermaine Chappell and Tina Bugg discuss plans for the Third Annual (So You Think You Can) Dance Like The Stars with event chair Mary Dilworth and fellow committee member Kristy Knight.

Staff photo by L.A. Story

By L.A. Story


There will be some new features waltzing into a popular dance contest fundraiser this year.

The Third Annual (So You Think You Can) Dance Like The Stars will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at the Crossroads Arena Convention Center.

The fundraiser has become a popular event drawing large crowds while raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi which includes chapters in Corinth, Iuka, Booneville and Baldwyn.

Admission to the event is $30 in advance; $35 at the door and $15 for student tickets (grades K-12). The ticket price includes the show, a full meal, a silent auction, entertainment and more.

Plans are coming together for the event and event chair Mary Dilworth said an add-on After Party ticket will be available as well as a Tribute Star Award in honor of, or in memory of, a teacher or coach who has made a difference in a student's life.

The Star Award ballots are $10 each and all teachers will be listed in the event program booklet and displayed that evening, the one with the most "Stars" will be the 2019 recipient of the Tribute Star Award.

The After Party, which will be held from 9 to 11 p.m., will be another new addition this year. Tickets for the After Party are $10 each and includes entertainment, dancing, light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

With all the additions, plus the main event, Dilworth said she predicts another sell-out year.

The chair hinted at a few of the dancers who are already signed up such as Booneville Mayor Chis Lindley and Sherri Lindley; Tadd Feazell and Alicia Mitchell; Luke Price and London Harriss and Todd Welch and Christy Welch.

The meal is provided this year by The Dinner Bell and the menu includes chicken, green beans, slaw, creamed potatoes, a roll and tea and a dessert, provided by Sweet Sensations.

Local Boys and Girls Club board member Tina Bugg expressed enthusiasm for being part of the event this year.

"I have been a volunteer, but now serve as a board member and it's exciting to be part of the planning stage for this event," said Bugg.

Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Alcorn and Tippah County Project Director Stacy Brooks is also looking forward to the fundraiser.

"This is a great opportunity for a lot of different organizations to work together on a project and I am glad to be a part of it," said Brooks.

For the fundraiser, not only will attendees enjoy a meal, a dance competition and entertainment, but they will also be contributing to a good cause. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi. Proceeds from the event helps to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in Corinth-Alcorn County.

Boys and Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence for children who would otherwise find their sources of recreation and companionship in potentially unhealthy ways, according to information from the organization. The clubs are a safe play to learn and grow -- all while having fun. It is the "The Positive Place for Kids."

For those who may want to help sponsor the fundraiser, there are four sponsorship levels with tickets included, along with various other benefits. Sponsorship levels are: Platinum — $2,000 (12 tickets included); Gold —$1,500 (eight tickets included); Silver — $1,000 (five tickets included) and Bronze — $500 (two tickets included.)

Event committee member Kristy Knight expressed a passion for the cause.

"I have worked with Boys and Girls Club for many years," said Knight. "My kids grew up here. This is a cause that's dear to my heart."

With a dedicated committee and new features, Dilworth said she looks forward to the event more than ever.

"I am happy to see so many new faces and new ideas," said the event chair. "I look forward to a sell-out event. I recommend that everyone get their tickets early."

(Tickets can be purchased from any Boys and Girls Club Board member. For more information on tickets, sponsorships or to be a contestant, contact Mary Dilworth at 662-603-4229.)