Local ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competition to benefit downtown school

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Local celebrities will show off their moves at the May 14 event, but people can vote now, for a donation, for their favorites. Courtesy image.
Local celebrities will show off their moves at the May 14 event, but people can vote now, for a donation, for their favorites. Courtesy image.

Some area personalities will be two-stepping, twirling and tapping – a la a popular competition TV show – to raise money for a historic downtown school.

Eight couples and one trio will stomp it out under the spotlight at Upper Room 1871, 412 Ann St., for Dancing with the Wilmington Stars, set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.  St. Mary Catholic School is the recipient of this year’s event.

As its name suggests, the event mirrors ABC’s long-running reality series, “Dancing with the Stars,” which pairs celebrities with professional dancers to compete for the top title. The local live version will feature recognizable Wilmington residents from the entertainment, business and education sectors, including radio personality Craig Thomas, Blush Haus of Beaute owner Elisha Smith, parents of St. Mary’s students and professional soccer player Cody Arnoux, an alumnus of the private school.

While participants have been practicing their moves for weeks to wow a panel of judges, they’re also vying for online votes, at a cost of $10 each, ahead of the event.

Along with money raised from the votes, the $45 event tickets will benefit St. Mary’s scholarships for qualifying families, in addition to funding ongoing arts, enrichment and STEM programs, as well as the school’s Science Olympiad team. Proceeds will also be used to purchase equipment for a newly renovated science lab.

The school’s history in Wilmington dates back to 1869, when the city’s first Catholic school opened with an enrollment of 36 and evolved, grew and moved locations multiple times before becoming the St. Mary’s that now stands at 217 Fourth St.

To purchase tickets or vote for your favorite dancers, visit St. Mary’s website.

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