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
email@example.com. 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:
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.
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.”
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.
"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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or college
phone ext 2301.
Stars Dancing for
Friday, March 7
Goose Pond Civic Center
Cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres