Modeled after the popular television program Dancing with the Stars, the event sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at NSU featured local “celebrities” from organizations, businesses and other entities in the community dancing with sorority members.
Some of the local “dancers” were better than others, and that is probably enough said about the actual dancing. The purpose of the event was to provide entertainment and generate funds for the sorority’s major charitable cause, and it clearly achieved that goal.
Ticket sales, sponsorships and contributions for the second annual Dancing with the Sigmas extravaganza generated nearly $10,000 in profits for the national Robbie Page Memorial program that provides funding for therapy and other services for children that are undergoing long-term hospital care.
Sorority chapters throughout the nation have provided support for that worthwhile program for six decades, and members and advisers of the NSU chapter devoted extensive time and energy to planning and participating in the local fund-raiser.
A dozen law enforcement officials, educators, business and civic leaders, elected officials and others in the community also helped assure the success and audience enjoyment of the event by setting aside their inhibitions and serving as celebrity dancers.
Those good sports were John Bonnette, Johnny Cox, Dustin Cross, John Godfrey, Marcus Jones, Sheriff Victor Jones, Ricky LaCour, Dr. Ron McBride, Jerry McElwee, Alan Pasch, Jesse Taitano and Dr. Pete Wardell.
Comments from the panel of judges, including Mayor Lee Posey, also spiced up the show that attracted an overflow crowd to the NSU Student Union Ballroom. There are discussions about moving the program to a larger venue, which would likely result in an even bigger crowd and increased revenues for charitable causes.
Numerous joint programs involving the university and the community like Dancing with the Sigmas generate support for scholarships and philanthropic projects while also providing wholesome entertainment and enhancing the social, cultural and educational life of the region.
The sorority, celebrity dancers and others involved in the program should be applauded for the success of the enjoyable, worthwhile event.