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Dancing Stars top last year

Dancing Stars top last year

Doctors of Dance Eric Robinson and Nichole Feeney wowed the crowd and won first place. Staff Photo by Janet Rail

Dancing with the McNairy Stars 2011 Saturday raised more than the $23,000 raised at last year’s event, according to director Luke DeLaVergne, though the official tally was not yet completed as of press time.

The number of tables went from 33 last year to 47 this year. Around 380 people attended the event, DeLaVergne said.

The number of tables went from 33 last year to 47 this year. Around 380 people attended the event, DeLaVergne said.

“The crowd was excellent,” he said. “I was absolutely thrilled with how the community came out to support us,” he said.

DeLaVergne also was complimentary of the dancers: Drs. Eric Robinson and Nichole Feeney (the winners of the event); Jack Cheshier and Vonda Mathenia; Ryan Feeney and Erica DeLaVergne; and Steve Simon and Michelle O’Neal Chambers.

“The dancers put in so much work to make their performances excellent,” he said.

Reaction from the community was also positive.

“I have heard nothing but positive comment from the community,” he said.

The money from the event “allows us to provide all our services for free so that victimized children and their families don’t have to worry about covering the cost,” DeLaVergne explained.

Money raised from this event will fund such programs as Superfriend Mentoring, Therapeutic Visitation, Parenting and Parent Aid, Court Preparation and Victims’ Advocacy.

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