Fort Valley celebrities put on dancing shoes for cause

awoolen@macon.comNovember 7, 2012 

A local twist on the “Dancing with the Stars” show is coming to the Austin Theatre in Fort Valley.

As part of an effort to raise money for the Kay Center, 13 local celebrities will dance on the historic theater’s stage. The celebrities were paired up with an instructor or an advanced dance student.

Unlike the professionally judged television show, the winner will be the celebrity with the most money raised, said Martha McAfee.

McAfee, the city administrator for Fort Valley, will also participate as a contestant. She has been dancing a little more than a year.

“Dancing is like exercise in disguise,” McAfee said.

There will also be an audience favorite as well as an instructor’s award.

The Kay Center serves people with developmental disabilities and teaches them life skills. The center has a catering and lawn service to allow those who need jobs to be able to work, McAfee said.

With a $5,000 goal for the fundraiser, McAfee has high hopes for this event.

“I am expecting to exceed that goal,” she said.

A lot of the support has come from those in the community with two left feet who gave money instead of showing their cha-cha moves on the dance floor.

“We want it to be a fun evening,” McAfee said.

Celebrities scheduled to dance are Todd Youngblood, executive director of the Kay Center; Daisy McCrary, municipal court clerk, City of Fort Valley; Charles Jones, chief legal officer, Fort Valley State University; Major Harold Dickey, chief deputy sheriff, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office; Aimee McCrary, branch president, CB&T-Fort Valley; Darold Johnson, Major’s Barber Shop; Michael Newcomb, owner, Badcock Home Furnishings; James Khoury, owner, Khoury’s Men’s Wear; Martha McAfee, city administrator, City of Fort Valley; April Howard, administrative specialist, Peach County; Robert “Butch” Hammack, member, Peach County Board of Education; Sherry Little, deputy traffic clerk, Peach County Probate Court; and Pam Busbee, Probate Judge, Crawford County.

Tickets are available for the event at $25 each and reserved seating is available with sponsorships.

Contact the Kay Center at (478) 825-3124 or any celebrity dancer for tickets.

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