A group of local “stars” will compete to see who shines the brightest when they strap on their dancing shoes for Magnolia House Shelter second annual celebrity dancing competition in August.
The teams are currently ranked as follows in fundraising for Magnolia House Violence Shelter of Waycross:
No. 1 — Team 13 — Roger Johnson  and Mary Beth Kennedy
No. 2 — Tony Tanner and Trina Dill
No. 3 — McGregor Lott and Audrey Laine Jeffords (Team 8)
No. 4 — Dr. Chourhri and Zita Matich (Team 1)
No. 5 — Jessica Moore and John Hilton (Team 5)
No. 6 — Lindsey Johnson and Randy Dixon (Team 9)
No. 7 — Caitlin Taylor and Mark Cohen (Team 7)
No. 8 — Pam Taylor and Tommy Lowmon (Team 10)
No. 9 — Phillip Jordan and Allison Herrin (Team 6)
No. 10 — Tyler Harper and Kaitlyn Young (Team 4)
No. 11 — Tiffany Warren and John Hereford (Team 11)
No. 12 — Courtney Anderson and Stuart Stipe (Team 2)
No. 13 — Caitlyn Kenny and Joe Meadows (Team 12)
The “Dancing with The Southern Stars” competition will be held Aug. 15 at Ware County Middle School Auditorium. All proceeds will benefit Magnolia House.
Teams have been very busy in the community selling ads for the DWSS program, which counts as votes for the team of one’s choice
Anyone who simply wants to make a donation to count as votes for a favorite team may visit the web page at waycrossareashelter.com
Anyone who would like to help a team win Community Choice Award may go to www.waycrossareashelter.com and vote.
Several of the dance teams have come up with some very clever ways to raise funds such as selling T-shirts, raffles and other items.
“Thanks to everyone in the community for their overwhelming support,” said a spokesman. “We could not do what we do without the support of our community.”
Magnolia House is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and offers services to citizens in Bacon, Brantley, Coffee, Pierce and Ware counties.
The first “Dancing With The Southern Stars” held in 2014 to benefit Magnolia House proved to be popular with the public and highly effective as a fundraising project. After the first presentation, dancers began to voice their desire to participate and help raise funds for the shelter.
Sponsors for the event include Digestive Disease Consultants PC, Music Funeral Home, Waycross Bank & Trust, Salon Cheveus, Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Georgia Physicians South PC, Coca-Cola, Mattox Broadcasting Inc., Jeffords Studio, Mayo Clinic Health System, Dr. Thomas and Stacey Wehmann, Richard Sasser Architect.