Arguably the hottest ticket in town is Dancing for Our Stars. The event is a big fundraiser to help the Navarro College Foundation give scholarships to deserving students, make improvements to classrooms and award instructors grant money to enhance the work they do.

The star dancers included Dr. Erika Eeds and Daniel Owen, Mark and Christina Robinson, Alan and Shannon Eddins and Corsicana Fire Chief Paul Henley and his wife Kathy. Navarro students who gathered at the Corsicana Country Club for a watch party voted Whoa and Amy Dill as the fan favorite. The Dills also won overall runner up. In the end, the mirrored ball trophy went to Chris and Meghan Jacinto.

“We give scholarships to students of all ages. It could be the mom going back to school,” said Debbie Wilson, Navarro College Foundation Treasurer. Terri Mitchell, director of the Navarro College bookstores and organizer of the dancers for the event, talked about why Dancing for Our Stars is so important.

“When they come by the bookstore and ask me to sign the drop slip, I say no. Let’s see about a scholarship,” Mitchell said. “I’ve seen 4.0 grade point average students who want to drop because of finances.”

This is the fifth year for the dancing themed fundraiser.

“The money is important, but we also wanted to connect the college with the city and county, and we wanted it to be fun,” Wilson said. This year’s theme was Havana Nights. Among the décor: maracas, colorful napkins, large tropical leaves and cigar boxes at the tables. The food was steak, sweet potatoes, black beans and rice.

Many students from the college participated in singing, playing instruments and dancing as part of the entertainment for the evening. The star dancers included Dr. Erika Eeds and Daniel Owen, Mark and Christina Robinson, Alan and Shannon Eddins and Corsicana Fire Chief Paul Henley and his wife Kathy.

Navarro students who gathered at the Corsicana Country Club for a watch party voted Whoa and Amy Dill as the fan favorite. The Dills also won overall runner up. In the end, the mirrored ball trophy went to Chris and Meghan Jacinto.

Mitchell, who was dubbed Dance Mom to the crew of local celebrity dancers by Jordan Golden, said the whole shindig would not be possible if not for support of the community. “We bring in local partnerships with Adelaide and Diana Castillo, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Turquoise Pistol and many others.”

Mitchell said it takes about 30 volunteers, the dancers and the Foundation Board to put on the fundraiser. This year did not come without some difficulties for both Mitchell and Wilson.

Mitchell said she never thought of not being a part of Dancing for Our Stars.

“I told them I’d be there every step of the way,” she said. Mitchell said she is grateful for her close family her Navarro College family. “I believe when you touch someone else’s life, God always touches you back.”

The next few days will be something like waiting for the reviews of a Broadway play. “Terri’s phone will blow up from people telling her about their experience. We’ll also look at everyone’s Facebook page to see what they liked or didn’t like about the night,” Wilson said. “We also enjoy seeing their photos.”

The Foundation and the DFOS committee will take a breath or two before planning for next year’s events starts in three months. In the end, the night was a huge success. Stacie Sipes, Navarro College Director of Marketing and Public Relations reported that $237,000 was raised to support the work of the Foundation.

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