By John Kaiser III – Navarro County Gazette

Navarro College’s biggest fund raiser is back and raising the stakes! It was always a glamorous gala affair, but this year they are taking a page out of Vegas’ playbook and turning it all up to 11.

As their website states “This year’s show promises to be greater and more spectacular than ever“. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Cook Center, six new sets of dancers will take to the floor and shake their money makers to make money for Navarro College.

These “local celebrity” dance teams are competing to raise scholarship funds for Navarro College students and classroom support for the faculty. In addition, the winning couple will be awarded the Navarro College Foundation Mirror Ball Trophy and bragging rights at all local watering holes.

This year’s couples are:

BRAD & SHEREE: Brad is the Captain at the Corsicana Fire Department, Sheree is a hairstylist and together they own a grave digging business. In addition, they have five kids and two Labradoodles. Brad enjoys hunting, fishing, and touring baseball fields with a group of close friends/firemen.

CHRIS & AMY: Chris and Amy Cook are “excited, yet nervous as all get out” to be dancing this year to help raise funds for student scholarships. Chris and Amy were destined to be together as they have known each other since they were five years old.

BILL & TIFFANY: Bill Currie and Tiffany Eaton are both very excited to be participating in this year’s Dancing For Our Stars as the most “senior” couple dancing. Bill, a Surgical First Assistant/Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Tiffany has two sons, 23 year old Ryan and 14 year old Jake. She is also the grandmother of adorable twin boys.

ENOCH & ASHLEY: Enoch, a Corsicana native, graduated from Navarro College in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration. He met his wife, Ashley, at Texas Wesleyan University where they both attended law school.

JASON & MELISSA: Jason Farmer and Melissa Butler are ready to hit the dance floor and bring you to your feet! Jason works for Oil City Iron Works in Quality Assurance and Melissa is the Court Coordinator for the Navarro County 13th District Court.

ROCKY & KENNEDI: Rocky and Kennedi are both Corsicana natives, coming from opposite ends of the county. Rocky is from Blooming Grove while Kennedi grew up in Mildred. Both reside in Mildred along with their two fur children, Turkey and Zip.

The Dress Rehearsal

While tickets for this Saturday’s event have been sold out for months, I was able to get into tonight’s last dress rehearsal to get a taste of things to come. This is the last night for the tech to work through all their cues, the dancers to run their routines, from start to stop.

Having an invited audience helps prepare the dancers who come from all walks of life, but rarely a life on the stage, for the real deal. It can be a bit unnerving to do something you do not normally do in front of not only the packed room, but streamed online to thousands of others.

As I entered the Cook Education Center, it was like stepping through a portal. The second you enter those doors the glitz and opulence of Vegas is on display front and center. The night’s dancers were taking turns posing for pictures and taking selfies, smiling through their nerves. You will have to forgive the blurred and obfuscated pictures as it was asked of everybody not to reveal any of the surprises of the night – to which there were a few. Plus as the old adage goes – what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Come Saturday, what happens in Vegas will be talked about in Corsicana.

How You Can Watch & Vote

This gala event will be live streamed on Saturday, February 12, beginning at 6:00pm. You can access the livesteam by clicking the link here:

Vote for your favorite dancers! Each vote is $5.00.

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