February 20, 2014


Stars Dancing for Scholarships

The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation is excited to present “Stars Dancing for Scholarships.” This new event on Friday, March 7 will feature local celebrities dancing in a competition at Goose Pond Civic Center in Scottsboro.

“The event is based on the television show Dancing with the Stars,” stated Heather Rice, NACC Development Director. “Local celebrities get to choose a dance and song of their choice and then perform at the event.” The dancers will be judged and a Judges’ Award will be presented at the end of the event. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for the couple raising the most money through ticket sales. Guests can bring cash the night of the event to vote for your favorite dancers.

A dance company of five young girls from Melanie Varner’s Dance Studio in Scottsboro will begin the evening of performances. The dance company includes Alex Bryant, Laurel Grace Dukes, Charlsi Henderson, Chloe Putman and Shelby Womack. All guests will be able to enjoy the dance floor throughout the evening as well. The event will also showcase professional dancers including Darry Martin, a seven-time US National Champion where he competed in Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo. He has also won numerous regional titles across the US. He now enjoys teaching and performing in Albertville and Atlanta dance venues.

“The event is really just for fun and to raise money for scholarships,” stated Rice. “Of course all fund-raising events through the NACC Foundation support scholarships for students attending Northeast.” You can get “Stars Dancing for Scholarships” tickets by calling Heather Rice at 256-638-4418 ext. 2301 or email Tickets are $60.00 per person. The event starts at 6:00 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Local Celebrity Dancers:

Debra O’Neal has been an educator for over 30 years. She taught in the Scottsboro City Elementary Schools for 27 years spending the last 15 of those years conducting the elementary schools’ gifted and school wide enrichment program. Currently, she is in her fourth year at Northeast Alabama Community College serving as instructor and advisor in the Child Development Department. Debra is married to Ricky O’Neal.

Long time friends Brian Baine and Kristie Poe have teamed up to dance a Cha Cha. Kristie Poe, a resident of Fort Payne, is a 1984 graduate of Sylvania High School. She is employed at Rainsville Pediatric Dental Village and worked at Western Sizzlin’ for 23 years. She is an avid volunteer for The American Cancer Society and is Co-Chair this year for Relay for Life. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends. Brian Baine grew up in Fort Payne, graduated from Fort Payne High School and attended NACC. He is currently the Human Resources Manager for Foodland Plus. He is highly involved with many clubs and organizations in DeKalb County. He serves on the FPIA Board of Trustees, Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce Board, DeKalb Tourism Board, DeKalb Children’s Advocacy Center Board, DeKalb Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board, President of Leadership of DeKalb Board, President of the Fort Payne Optimist Club, Co-Chair for DeKalb County Relay for Life. “We are very nervous,” Poe and Baine said, “But have had fun learning our dance and are excited to support scholarships for NACC.”

Bob and Shirley Garrett both grew up in Birmingham but never met each other, despite the fact that both attended UAB. They met dancing after both moved to Huntsville. Bob has a BS in both Physics and Electrical Engineering. He is currently in Software Engineering for the CAS division of Wyle Corporation. Shirley B. Garrett, PsyD, LPC, DAC PsyD, is the founder and owner of Positive Directions, LLC. She is an employee relations expert, goal attainment specialist, author, professional speaker, and a business and life coach.

Jeremy "Skinny" Smith is a native of Scottsboro, Alabama. He graduated from Scottsboro High School in 1996 and attended NACC before transferring to Auburn University where he obtained a bachelors in business administration. He is the general sales manager at Tri Green Equipment in Scottsboro. Kelly Hancock Smith is a native of Section. She is a 2002 graduate of Section High School. She graduated from NACC with an associate’s degree in nursing. She completed her master's degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 2011 from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. She currently works as a CRNA for Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange in Chattanooga. The couple has been married since September 2012. In their spare time they love to travel and are very excited to be a part of this event.

Ann Phillips manages the sixth generation farm formerly managed by her late husband, Harold R. Phillips. Karen is an IFS manager for the lab at Children's Hospital in Birmingham and for Dr. Russ Phillips, owner and operator of Phillips Small Animal Clinic in Scottsboro. She is now a student at Northeast Community College working on completing a college degree.

Tickets are available at $60.00 from dance contestants and from Heather Rice at or college phone ext 2301.

Stars Dancing for Scholarships
Friday, March 7
6:00 p.m.
Goose Pond Civic Center
Cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres