Sheriff, Other ‘Celebrities’ Dancing for Our Heroes on April 8
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 5:59AM

ANDERSON – Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper is one of six local celebrities participating in the Fifth Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event, to be held Friday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Presented by The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, the event is modeled after the popular ABC TV show, Dancing With the Stars. It is being held to raise money for six charities: the Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Foothills Alliance, Hospice of the Upstate, and the South Carolina Military Family Care Association as well as the PolioPlus initiative of the Rotary Foundation.
.     Sheriff Skipper will be dancing the rhumba with Yvonne Conover for the Foothills Alliance. Other participants are dentist Dr. Bob Austin, dancing with Mary Ann McBride for the Anderson Free Clinic; Kristi King-Brock, executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries, dancing with Wayne Conover; Dr. Veena Mathur, a partner with Diagnostic Radiology, PA, dancing with Scott Drake for the Cancer Association of Anderson; Army Col. Glenn Skawski dancing with Lisa Burns for the S.C. Military Family Care Association; and Taylor Thompson dancing with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate.
The theme this year is “Some Enchanted Evening,” and a South Pacific décor is planned, including palm trees and a tiki bar. A full dinner will be provided by Cromer Food Services and the admission price covers soft drinks, tea, wine and beer. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to dance to deejay Ben Phillips’ music after the competition ends.    An array of items and services will be auctioned off during the evening.
A ticket costs $40 and a table for eight may be purchased for $300. Tickets are available from the participating charities, club members and at the Main Street and Greenville Street offices of Capital Bank.
Dancers will compete before judges Randy Spearman, a two-time winner of Dancing for Our Heroes; Rotary District Governor Becky Faulkner; and ballroom dancer Dave Thomas. Judy Booker is the mistress of ceremonies.
In addition to the Judge’s Choice award, dancers are selling votes for a dollar apiece to win a People’s Choice Award. All the money they raise will go to their charities and the profit from the evening will be divided among the charities.
Check out Dancing for Our Heroes on Facebook for photos of the couples rehearsing and for photos from previous compeitions.

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