Dancers help fund schools

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — The third an­nual Danc­ing for the Fu­ture event took place Satur­day evening, Nov. 19, in the Sun­set Ball­room at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Beach Club. The event, which has earned the rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing “a re­ally fun evening” to sup­port stu­dent pro­grams in Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools, was packed.

For­mer Queen Anne’s County School Board mem­ber Cindy Todd, cha­ri­man and founder of the

fundraiser, greeted ev­ery­one, say­ing, “We’ve raised just over $85,000 in the pre­vi­ous two years to pro­vide fund­ing ear­marked for tech­ni­cal, cul­tural arts and sports pro­grams in the schools.”

The funds raised are put into a regis­tered 501(c)3, to be used after polling school prin­ci­pals about their spe­cific needs.

Her hus­band Gregg Todd, Queen Anne’s County Ad­min­is­tra­tor, served as mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the event. For the Todds, the evening has be­come a fam­ily event, as daugh­ter Paige Todd, who is the In­ter­act Club pres­i­dent at Queen Anne’s County High School, danced with her part­ner, Cade Stan­field, In­ter­act Club Pres­i­dent at Kent Is­land High School. Both stu­dents also are mem­bers of their school’s Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety.

Gregg Todd in­tro­duced each pair of dance par­tic­i­pants: Whit­ney Cov­ing­ton and Mike SwaGg, Dwayne Board­man and Shari Smigo, Diana Water­man and Darryl Cal­loway, Derek White and Nathalie Der­ak­shani, Tim Ro­manoski and Jen­nifer Good­ing, Jack Wil­son and Lu­cia Cal­loway, Phil Du­me­nil and Kim­berly Mo­gensen, So­nia Mangum and Diego Guz­man, Tom Walsh and Erin Nooney, and Ivano Scotto and Am­ber Wright.

As vot­ing was be­ing tablu­lated to de­ter­mine the win­ners at the con­clu­sion of the com­pe­ti­tion, a special dance cel­e­bra­tion took place, as Jen­nifer and James Good­ing cel­e­brated their 22nd wed­ding an­niver­sary with a special dance per­for­mance.

Be­fore the win­ners were an­nounced, the win­ner of a PRS guitar raf­fle was drawn — Joe Johns. Guitar raf­fle tick­ets were sold for $20 each. The guitar raf­fle helped gen­er­ate $2,200 for the cause.

Tro­phies were awarded in two cat­e­gories: Peo­ple’s Choice Award and Judges’ Choice Award. For the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, vot­ing was done by dol­lar bal­lot­ing, one dol­lar per vote.

Peo­ple’s Choice awards went to Tom Walsh and Erin Nooney, Whit­ney Cov­ing­ton and Mike SwaGg and Diana Water­man and Daryll Cal­loway, with Walsh and Nooney gar­ner­ing the most votes. About two-thirds of the $50,000 funds raised were gen­er­ated through dance part­ner vot­ing.

Dance judges Carol Wil­liamson, Lance Richard­son, Sharon Dob­son and Kris­ten Tyler awarded their top prize to So­nia Mangum and Diego Guz­man.

The evening con­cluded with open danc­ing for all cou­ples who wished to take the floor to the DJ mu­sic pro­vided by County Com­mis­sioner Jack Wil­son.

Cindy Todd com­mented, “The event and evening was a real blast!”

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Top vote get­ters Tom Walsh and Erin Nooney hold their Peo­ple’s Choice tro­phies fol­low­ing the dance com­pe­ti­tion Satur­day evening, Nov. 19, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Beach Club in Stevensville. They helped raise just over $50,000 lo­cal schools.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Diana Water­man and her dance part­ner Darryl Cal­loway per­form a Vi­en­nese waltz to mu­sic from “Game of Thrones” Satur­day evening, Nov. 19, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville. They re­ceived a Peo­ple’s Choice Award.

The judges were im­pressed as the dy­namic duo of Diego Guz­man and So­nia Mangum con­cluded their dance rou­tine, per­form­ing to “Feel­ing Good” by Michael Bu­ble and “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The cou­ple were awarded the top dance prize by the judges at the con­clu­sion of the evening’s pro­gram.

Danc­ing for the Fu­ture judges, from the left, Lance Richard­son, Carol Wil­liamson, Sharon Dob­son and Kris­ten Tyler hold up their vot­ing pad­dles. The group pro­vided sin­cere scor­ing and pos­i­tive com­ments for the 10 dance cou­ples that helped raise just over $50,000 for lo­cal schools.

Kent Is­land High School Band Direc­tor Kim­berly Mo­gensen dances with for­mer Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Phil Du­me­nil to “Can’t Stop the Feel­ing” by Jus­tine Tim­ber­lake.

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