August 22 – TUPELO – Dozens of local celebrities donned their dance shoes to show off their moves on Saturday night at the 16th annual Dance Like the Stars event.
Hailing from Ripley, Miriam Anderson was named the grand champion of this year’s event.
The dancers took to the stage at BancorpSouth Arena with the goal of raising $ 210,000 for the Boy & Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi. To help reach their goal, Toyota Mississippi donated $ 20,000.
The Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi Evie Storey said Saturday afternoon that the nonprofit had already surpassed its goal for this year’s event, raising $ 261,000.
By the end of the event, they had raised a total of $ 271,243.
“It’s very exciting and important to us,” Storey said. “We started in June and during the summer months we had to use money for other things. When we started going back to school things started to really improve for us. So everything is so in sync and we’re just excited and grateful that we were able to exceed our target for this year. “
This year’s event has been changed due to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Those who couldn’t attend this year’s event still got to watch the stars dance online on the nonprofit’s Facebook page, which Storey said was a very useful tool. and effective for them at last year’s event.
“This year was the first hybrid event with in-person participation and others about to watch online,” Storey said.
“People who couldn’t attend still got to have this home TV experience like the real show,” Storey added. “We had already set up the lighting with a large production team and sound quality in place. All we had to figure out was how to best bring this experience to the people at home. “