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Courtesy photo The Navarro College Foundation announced the lineup for the fifth annual Dancing for Our Stars event Thursday. The six local celebrity dance couples are: (left to right) Paul and Kathy Henley, Chris and Meghan Jacinto, ) Erika Eeds and Dan Owens, Mark and Christina Robinson, Whoa and Amy Dill, Alan and Shannon Eddins.

The Navarro College Foundation presents its fifth annual Dancing for Our Stars event Thursday Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the Cook Education Center.

The six local celebrity dance couples are Paul and Kathy Henley, Chris and Meghan Jacinto, Erika Eeds and Dan Owens, Mark and Christina Robinson, Whoa and Amy Dill, Alan and Shannon Eddins.

“We are excited that seating at the event has already sold out through sponsors,” said John Gantt, President of the Foundation and Chairman of the event. “However, everyone can be a part of the show and support the dancers and the students by viewing the Dancing For Our Stars live feed starting at 7:30 p.m.

I know that many groups are hosting watch parties to view the event live and cheer on their favorite dancers and we encourage you to do this. This fundraiser is unique in that anyone and everyone in the community can have an impact and help the students with as little as a $5 vote through our website dfos.navarrocollege.edu

“The event has become one of the most popular social events in Corsicana and has raised over $564,000 beginning with the first show in 2016,” said Dr. Harold Housley, Executive Director of the Foundation. “The 2019 performance net income was a record setting $116,000.”

According to Housley, money raised from Dancing For Our Stars is used to support students and faculty on the Corsicana campus. Last year, the Foundation awarded $475,396 in scholarships across the District. In addition, a portion of the money raised will fund Teaching Innovation Award grants for faculty to encourage adoption of new teaching instruction, innovative methods of delivery that promote active learning, course redesign, and classroom technology improvements.

In 2019, the Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $30,000 for Corsicana faculty. Funds are also used to support the development of new programs and expansion of existing programs.

“The Foundation is extremely appreciative of the support the community has given this fundraising event,” Housley said. “We thank the dancers and instructors for their commitment to this event.”

The couples are receiving dance lessons at Corsicana’s “Shall We Dance” studio, with instruction from Diana Castillo and Adelaide Castillo.

The Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to the sponsors who contributed to making this a successful and spectacular event. Sponsors for this year are as follows:

Waltz Sponsor: Community National Bank & Trust of Texas, Rumba Sponsor: Dawson & Sodd, LLP, Navarro College Board of Trustees, Navarro Dental Center, Huffman Communications, Christina Robinson, Nick Veldman and Dr. Michelle Spears Veldman, Mr. and Mrs. Obe Veldman, and Winter’s Oil L.P. Tango Sponsors: Cook Family, Sandra Huffman, Kenner Investments, PolyGuard, State Farm Lynda Housley, and TLH Enterprises. Salsa Sponsors: Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana Independent School District, D&M Fence Company, Navarro College District and Campus Leadership Team, First State Bank, Prosperity Bank, H-E-B, Harper Construction, LLC, McKee Lumber & True Value Hardware, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Harrison, Lott Physical Therapy, Navarro College Foundation Board of Directors, Navarro Regional Hospital, Amber & Jason Payne, and Verabank.

Information about the dancers and the event can be found online at DFOS.NavarroCollege.edu, or on Facebook at Dancing For Our Stars.

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