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'Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars,' take 2

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SUPPLY—Local officials, celebrities, business leaders and the defending champion have signed on to cut a rug this year for the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

Thursday morning, organizers gathered at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to announce the participants in this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

The 19 participants have been paired with professional dance instructors from throughout the region to teach them the fundamentals. On Aug. 28, they will take to the dance floor with their partners, and the pair that raises the most money will be named the winner.

Last year’s winner, Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach is defending her title this year. She and her partner, Paul McTaggart of Carolina Dance Partners, have teamed up again and are ready to take on the challengers.

Asked if she thought she would win again, Gore said she wasn’t sure, but McTaggart answered with a quick “Yes!”

The BCC Foundation provides scholarships for BCC students. Participants said they agreed to participate because it is such a worthy cause.

One of this year’s participants is Lynda Stanley, chairman of the BCC Board of Trustees. Her husband participated last year, and this year, she decided to take the challenge.

“I think it’s an excellent cause,” she said. “You know I’m a champion of Brunswick Community College. This is my opportunity to put my time in on the dance floor as well as in the board room.”

“I did it to hopefully help BCC with scholarships,” noted Danny Lane of Security Savings and Loan, who has teamed with Karen Barr of On My Toes Studio in Southport.

“The way I handle the practices is, I take two ibuprofens before we start and two ibuprofens after it’s over,” he joked.

“It’s a good opportunity to help people,” added Karen Sphar, director of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

Sphar said she and her partner, Jim Sterner of Dancelink USA, are “trying for salsa,” but she’s not sure if that’s what they’ll end up doing in the competition.

Sheriff John Ingram admitted he can’t dance and is leaving the heavy lifting to his partner, Valerie Taylor, owner of Brunswick School of Dance.

Clarice Holden, who is organizing the fundraiser, said several of last year’s participants recommended their co-workers at places like ATMC and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. for this year’s event, while the committee chose others based on where they lived, where they worked and their interest in education.

“We tried to get a car dealer last year, and it didn’t work out,” Holden recalled. “So this year, we got Gene Marshburn who owns Jones Ford.”

Marshburn will be paired with Jessica Stevens of Amy’s Academy.

The complete list of participants and their partners is as follows:

Penny Redwine, interior designer, and Juan Gonzales of the Fred Astaire Studio of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Karen Sphar, director of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, and Jim Sterner of Dancelink USA.

Larry Harrelson, owner of PGM Landscaping, and Sara Misiti from Brunswick School of Dance.

Dinah Gore, philanthropist, and Paul McTaggart of Carolina Dance Partners.

Vi Jones, BB&T sales and service, and David White of Carolina Forest

Wendy Milligan of Milligan Real Estate, and Dan Chop of Arthur Murray Studio of Charleston.

Donna Cameron, city executive at Sun Trust Bank, and Chris McCullen of Babs Ballroom Dance Studio.

Lynda Stanley, COO of Dosher Memorial Hospital and chairman of the BCC Board of Trustees, and Clay Daniel of UNC-Wilmington.

Jan Williamson, philanthropist, and Chris Madray of A Leap Above Dance Studio

Debbie Daigle, Realtor at Plantation Properties, and Jim Desmond, U.S. Open Professional Dance Champion and instructor.

Linda Lynes, owner of Veranda Events, and Sal Teta, a private dance instructor from North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

John Ingram, Brunswick County Sheriff, and Valerie Taylor, instructor and owner of Brunswick School of Dance.

Gene Marshburn, owner of Jones Ford, and Jessica Stephens of Amy’s Academy.

Eddie Hill, pastor of Sharon United Methodist Church, and Jana Sanders of Brunswick School of Dance.

Currie Batchelor, purchasing agent at BEMC, and Jennifer Hall of the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts.

Charlie Miller, Brunswick County chief deputy and Brunswick County Board of Education member, and Jessica Ives of On My Toes Studio.

Timothy Gibble, physician at Atlantic Internal Medicine, with an instructor to be announced.

Danny Lane, Security Savings and Loan, and Karen Barr, Zumba instructor at on My Toes Studio.

Courtney Babson, ATMC, and an instructor to be announced.