Dancers help fund schools
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!”
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.
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.