Girl Scouts’ Dancing With Our Stars event raises $18,000

GLEN CARBON — Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois raised more than $18,000 during its 8th Annual Dancing With Our Stars fund-raiser at Krieger’s Convention Center at the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon.

Dance team The Hocketts, sponsored by Higgins Custom & Collision, took home the Mirror Ball Trophy for first place. Mount Vernon High School Drama Club, sponsored SSM – Good Samaritan Hospital, won the Judges Choice award.

Also participating were the dance teams of: Drama Mammas, sponsored by Jill Gobert; Lesa Woods, sponsored by Larry and Bobbie Drury; Carolyn and Dean Montague, sponsored by Ron and Paulette Schneider; Centre Stage Sparklers, sponsored by Centre Stage Studios; Double Trouble, sponsored by Higgins Custom & Collision, Anna Lamczyk, sponsored by Lamczyk Veterinary Clinic, We Are Girl Scouts, sponsored by Carla Nilson; and L & M sponsored by Olympic Freightlines Inc.

Co-hosts were Brandon Bullard with RARE Chop House and NRE and Rachel Hunsell with Mount Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau. Celebrity judges were Mike Beard with Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Kay Zibby Damron, Rend Lake College Foundation; Finny Mathew of Crossroads Community Hospital; and Mary Beth Mezo with Smokin’ T’s Competition BBQ.

Other DWOS sponsors included: Trophy Sponsor: Crossroads Community Hospital; Cocktail Hour Sponsor, Mathis, Marifian & Richter LTD Attorneys at Law; Silent Auction Sponsor: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Dance Floor Sponsor, NRE; Judges Sponsor, Provision Eyecare and Country Financial – Sarah Staley; Premier Sponsor for Wine Grab, RARE Chop House; Premier Radio Sponsor, WDML; Fred and Tammy Klapetzky, deejays; and Krieger’s Convention Center at Holiday Inn. Other donors included: Carla Nilson, Susan Bowman, Speakeasy Liquors – Marion, Pheasant Hollow Winery, United Way of South Central Illinois, Just for You, Angela Boyd, Amy Sample and Jill Gobert.

All proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance to at-risk girls, to maintain and improve camps and to develop leadership programs for nearly 14,000 girls throughout Southern Illinois.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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