By Joni Harbin
You’re invited to United Way of Gordon County’s 10th and final presentation of Calhoun’s Dancing with the Stars presented by Mohawk Industries, Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation, and Morning Pointe of Calhoun. The record-setting fundraiser will close with an April 16 finale at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. A dress rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 with tickets sold at a discounted rate. This year’s show will feature a combination of adult and student dance teams as they compete to raise funds for United Way of Gordon County.
“I have had the pleasure of working with the Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Committee to help execute one show and plan two others since I joined United Way,” said Latour. “The tenth year of Dancing with the Stars is a blend of everything accomplished in the past decade,” she continued. “This may be our last dance, but the future is bright indeed!”
Latour went on to thank the DWTS Planning Committee – Andy Baxter, Kristy Brown, Jennie Coker, Bekah Kirby, Amy Parker, and Michelle Frix Ward – for their hard work over the years. She also thanked all the sponsors, especially Mohawk Industries, which has been the premier sponsor all along and has been joined by two others this year.
“Mohawk has been proud to serve as the title sponsor of Dancing with the Stars since the event’s inception,” said Robert Webb, Senior Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications with Mohawk Industries. “For a decade, the dancers have entertained audiences and raised over a million dollars to support the important work of United Way’s partner agencies. We salute all the individuals who have shared their talents to make this such a successful fundraising event year after year.”
The finale will include several special features, but the dancers will be the stars of the show. The ten teams, listed alphabetically by the female partner’s first name, are Abby Crowe and Ben Bingham; Aubry Dorsey and Isaac Nance; Carly Curtis and Skylar Benham; Carson Glaze and Grant Glaze; Joy Nudd and Garrett Nudd; Kaylen Gaines and Addison Baker; Lily Stephens and Nate Stockman; Megan Wright and Christian Lewis; Raven Pasley and Ian King; and Suzanne Roberts with Tony Pyle.
Megan Wright and Christian Lewis will dance together as Team Eight, the fifth of the six student couples in the competition. Both are students at Calhoun High School. Megan is the daughter of Burt Wright and Darlene Wright. Christian is the son of Tim and Misty Lewis. This will be Megan’s third appearance in the dance competition, but it will be the first for Christian.
Megan is an active member of the Thespian Troupe and the CHS Women’s Trio, performing as the Girl’s Literary Soloist. She is a member of HOSA . She volunteers each summer at the Summer Theatre Camp at the Harris Arts Center and has worked on various service projects through her participation in the Miss America Organization and the high school thespian troupe.
She also serves on the FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council as one of fifteen across the nation selected for the prestigious council in 2019 . As a member of this council, she works on disaster preparedness projects and attends the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, D.C each year to meet with FEMA leaders and others to prepare for the year ahead.
She currently holds the title of Miss Cobb County's Outstanding Teen and will compete at Miss GA’s Outstanding Teen Competition in Columbus, GA in June. She was the 2019 GHSA Class AAA Literary State Champion in Girls’ Trio and 2018 GHSA Class AAA One Act Play State Champion, Miss Rome’s Outstanding Teen 2019, Miss Kennesaw’s Outstanding Teen 2018, Preliminary talent winner and 2nd Runner Up at Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen 2019.
Christian Omari Lewis is not an experienced dancer but is an accomplished student athlete. He plays football, baseball, and basketball. Christian is an All-State Quarterback for the Calhoun Yellow Jackets. He is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and attends Adairsville Body of Christ.
He is involved with Student Government. He intends to attend college but has not decided on the college or university. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
First and second-place winners will be identified in two categories – Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice – for both the student and adult teams. People’s Choice winners are determined based on their fundraising successes. Judges’ Choice winners are determined based on the scores the contest judges give their dance performances. The adult teams winning in those categories will receive trophies and bragging rights. The student teams winning in those categories will receive trophies, bragging rights, and college scholarships. Each student on the first-place team in each category will receive a $1,000 scholarship and each student on the second-place team will receive a $750 scholarship. A panel of judges will be assembled from field professionals outside Gordon County.
Tickets are now on sale! The DWTS Friday night show, scheduled for April 16th, is sold out, but tickets are still available for the Thursday Night Dress Rehearsal on April 15th. Tickets are $10 at general admission for Thursday night’s show. Please note that tickets will be sold online only. No tickets will be sold at the door.
United Way of Gordon County is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Gordon County area. The mission of United Way of Gordon County is to Change Lives, Connect Community, and Challenge Donors to LIVE UNITED.