Dancing with Madison Stars brought an extra glow to Madison recently for its Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club youth. The fundraiser in its seventh year did not disappoint those in attendance with spectacular dance performances.
Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club youth kicked off the evening with a dance number to the tunes of Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. By the end of their routine, the audience was up on their feet clapping in sync with the youth.
“Watching our Club youth share their talents at Dancing with the Madison Stars was a highlight for me,” Bob Mackey, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia CEO & President shared. “Our youth worked so hard on their dance routine and to see their faces light up with joy as they performed reminded me why we do what we do. All of our efforts are to ensure our youth succeed and continue to go after their dreams. We are so thankful for the community continuing to support our youth in Morgan County!”
Ar’Mond Wright, MMBGC Youth of the Year, spoke about his Club experience and his excitement for the night ahead.
“We’re all stars here tonight,” he shared. “We’re celebrating the work we do together, and I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am for your support of my Club. I don’t know where I would be without mentors like Bob Mackey and Karen Robertson (MMBGC Senior Executive Club Director).”
Ending his speech with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., the dance competition began.
There was a mixture of dance types and talent in the room. From Avery Lauderdale and Jeny Williams Salt n’ Peppa spin to Dr. Allison Woodard and Marcus Wyatt’s classic take on hip hop – it was a night to remember.
Prior to intermission, Karen Robertson and Bob Mackey announced MMBGC volunteer Penny Foote as the recipient for the Babs Johnston Special Honor Award for her hard work and dedication to the Club.
During the intermission, audience members had the opportunity to place their votes for their favorite dance team and participate in the Fund the Future initiative.
Each year the cost for a youth to attend the Club is $1,250 and for Summer Camp it’s $200. It takes funds to help offset the cost for parents and with that mind, the community showed up in a huge way at Dancing with the Madison Stars to fund 100 youth for a year.
100 Club youth sponsored for 2019 during Fund the Future
After intermission, the dance competition was back on and heating up with each number.
When the dancing was complete there could only be one winner for both categories of Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice. While votes were being tallied and the judges were deliberating, the audience met on the dance floor for open dancing to songs like the Cupid Shuffle to the Cha-Cha.
Judge’s Choice was awarded to Fetch House Trio for their amazingly well choregraphed ‘Thriller’ dance. People’s Choice was awarded to Maddox & Mary Hollis Pugmire, who raised $12,000 for the youth from votes casted for their team.
FETCH HOUSE TRIO - JUDGE’S CHOICE