Dancing for the Stars Raises $6,000
Brownwood Rotary Club President Don Roberts described the event as an overwhelming success. The event featured six contestants from public and private organizations competing for Best Dance Performance and Most Money Raised awards.
“We had no idea we would get this many people. We picked up this idea from the Rotary Club of Colleyville, who had been doing Dancing for the Stars for 12 years,” Roberts said. “We decided it was a good thing to try and it has turned out remarkably well. We definitely will make it annually. We learned a lot this year and it will be a lot smoother next year.”
Two Awards: Best Dance Performance and Most Money Raised
Landry and Joy Renee Blackstock, representing Brownwood ISD, took home the trophy for best dance performance following their routine to Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ with Landry sporting the King’s classic pompadour and bedazzled jumper.
Russ and Kendra Bryan, representing 3M, won a trophy for most money raised. They kicked off the performances with a dance-rendition of Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’.
Dance Choreography and Dance Instructors
The Patty Harper Studio of Abilene choreographed all of the performances. And the Studio provided the dance instructors for the DFTS performers.
Web Design and Internet Marketing
The web design and internet event marketing were provided by DFW Business Websites, located in the Fort Worth area. Although the Brownwood Rotary Club had a delayed start in ordering the website – DFW Business Websites was able to get the website Live in less than 2 weeks. And, they had the event displaying in Google Search in just one week.
A big thanks to DFW Business Websites!
Amazing Community Support!
According to Rotary Club of Brownwood President, Don Roberts: “We had no idea we would get this kind of support! The additional support of 3M and them coming out to support their dancer was wonderful. It was the same thing with Bostick’ s Auto and Truck Sales. It’s really a credit to what we’re giving this money too. It’s excellent. Unless we can raise local money, there is not much as can do to help the various non-profit organizations. By raising money like this, we can also participate in international projects.”
The funds raised Friday night will go to the Brownwood Rotary support of various local charity organizations including: Brownwood Education Foundation, the Early Independent School District, CASA in the Heart of Texas, The Ark, Meals on Wheels, college scholarships for area students and student dictionaries.
Other performers included Brownwood Country Club Owner Steve Baker, whose business hosted the event, father-daughter team Mashari and Harold Hogan with Bostick’s, Early High School football coach/athletic director Blake Sanford and his wife Kim, who also serves as a teacher for Early ISD; and Joseph and Laura Tilley representing 3M and the Heartland Association of Realtors respectively.
The show also featured area Wendlee Broadcasting General Manager Rex Tackett as master of ceremonies, local country music artist Kyler Dean and Carol Roberts performing her show ‘Gay Nineties Nostalgia’.
“Years ago we met at a dance club, but no formal dancing,” said Laura Tilly, who received dance lessons from the Patty Harper Studio with salsa-based choreography designed by Patty Harper Studio dancer Gretchen Bullock.
“We would go out to a salsa dancing on occasion, but nothing like this. This was amazing. We loved Gretchen. She was phenomenal. We were a little nervous … Once we got into it, it went really smooth.”
See You at Dancing for the Stars 2020!
Questions or need information? Please Contact Brownwood Rotary Club.