Get your tickets ready, Sanford!


Watch out, Sanford, you’re not gonna know what hit you…….the event of the year is scheduled for this Friday – August 13th!  Superstitious about Friday the 13th?  You better be, cause this night is going to be the “perfect storm” and it is gearing up to be the biggest phenomenon that Sanford has ever seen under one roof!  You won’t want to miss it — this will be one you’ll be telling your Grandchildren about for years to come and you’ll want to say “I was there”!

That’s right, I’m talking about the Second Annual Dancing With The Lee County Stars!  Last year’s inaugural event was amazing – the town was a-buzz for months about it!  Everyone thought there was no way we could top it!  But, we WILL!!!  We have the biggest jam-packed night of entertainment that we could possibly put together – we’ve even amazed ourselves – it just might be illegal to provide this much fun in one night!

First — the Dancers!  Imagine 10 local “stars” and their “pro” partners all putting their reputations on the line to dance in front of 500+ people in the hopes of being named “the next Lee County Dancing Star”!  The competition is heating up – they are all out for blood and possession of the coveted mirror ball trophy – or, perhaps, one of four “Shining Star Awards”!

RANKING as of Monday, August 9th – VOTE, VOTE, VOTE to watch your favorite couple move up in the ranks:

# 1 – Roger King, Pfizer and Holly Hight, Sanford Herald

# 2 – Lee Arnold, The Pantry, Inc – Kangaroo Express and Chef Gregg Hamm, Cafe 121

# 3 – Suzanne Clifford, Sanford School of Classical Ballet and her husband, Charles Clifford, Medicine Park Pharmacy

# 4 – Jonathan Owens, Sanford Herald and Kelly Buie-Godfrey, Nautilus

# 5 – Margaret Murchison, WWGP/WFJA Broadcasting and Jeff Ward, Attorney

# 6 – Michele Bullard, United Way and Micah Tyler, Lee County High School

# 7 – Shane Seagroves, Emergency Management and Lynn Smith, Sanford Sting

# 8 – Kevin Yow, Air Cleaning Equipment, Inc. and Karla Koballa, Cooper Mechanical

# 9 – Alexander Brower, Hometown News and Jane Pomilio, Community Volunteer

# 10 – Lee West, Temple Theatre and Terri Robinson


Communities In Schools of Lee County (CIS Lee), Pfizer, and The Pantry, Inc. – Kangaroo Express are pleased to present to you the 2nd Annual Dancing with the Lee County Stars event to benefit CIS Lee.

The event will feature “A Taste of Lee County” – a pre-show reception highlighting samples of signature dishes and heavy hor d’oeuvres from some of our area’s finest (and most generous) chefs – including:

Enjoy a teaser taste here and then go visit their restaurants to see what else they have to offer!  Click on their names to visit their web sites for more info.


  • While our guests are enjoying some hor d’oeuvres and finding their seats, Gregg Gelb and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Trio will perform live from 6:00-7:00!
  • Then, we will have an exciting pre-show performance from 7:00-8:00!  This show will be fabulous!  Multi-award-winning, 10-year-old Natalie Rogers will take the stage.  Natalie has been dancing since she was 2-years-old and has danced in NYC for celebrities like Liza Minnelli and Stockard Channing! 
  • Also in the pre-show line up are Joe Hassen and his partner, Missy Keller – multi-award winning Champion dancers and teachers at the Fred Astaire Studio in Pinehurst, NC
  • Our Celebrity MC this year will be Sanford native, Mike Wheless from WQDR 94.7 radio! YAY!!!
  • Celebrity Judges include Peggy Taphorn, Temple Theater, Beverly Badget, Lee Co. Fair Pageant, and Dr. Moss, Lee County Schools
  • Celebrity Bartenders include Jay Riley, Gordon Anderson, Bill Stone, and Charles Blum, among others yet to be named…

The doors will open about 6:00 for mingling and sampling the food offered by the participating restaurants with the musical mood set by Greg Gelb and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Trio. The pre-show will begin about 7:00 and the main feature — the competition for who will be the next Lee County Dancing Star — will begin about 8:00.


Just like the popular TV show, local “stars” are paired with local “pros” to perform a dance routine. The winners will be determined by who raises the most money through sponsorships, ticket sales, and votes! We will also have at least FOUR “Shining Star” award winners – the judge’s choice for the top four couples that stand out as the most entertaining of the evening – fundraising rankings are not considered – this is solely based on judges choice!


You can help your favorite couple win by purchasing sponsorships, tickets, and votes to be designated to the couple of your choice!

Contact CIS at 919-718-5426 or for more info.

Visit our website at for online ticket sales and voting.


Individual Tickets: $75.00 each
Votes: $10.00 each

Sponsorship Levels:

Salsa (Major) Sponsor: $5000
Tango Sponsor: $2000
Foxtrot Sponsor: $1000

Reserved Table: $650

Contact Heather at 919-718-5426 for more info on what each sponsor level receives for their sponsorship – tickets and promotional benefits depend on sponsor level.

 Come out and enjoy the show!  If you can’t come out (or we sell out before you can get your ticket), be sure to go online and VOTE for your favorite couple — they have worked so hard and deserve your support!!!

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