Dancing in the Clover raises $20,000

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

A sold-out crowd and a group of local celebrities raised more than $20,000 for the Union County 4H Youth Development Foundation during the fifth annual Dancin’ in the Clover.

Each spring, a select group of notable Union County residents participate in a friendly ballroom dance competition held at Rolling Hills Country Club. Strutting their stuff on the dance floor in front of their peers and a panel of judges is a diversion from the usual lives for these business and community leaders. But with a charity fundraising goal and professional dance instructors to guide them, each of the 13 amateur dancers waltzed and tangoed with confidence.

“The night went fantastically,” Union County 4H Youth Development Agent Laura Byrd said. “We sold out of the 250 tickets we had for sale. And we’re still adding up our fundraising total but it’s approximately $20,000.”

That money will become scholarships for summer camps, leadership building conferences, state conferences, 4H Congress and other opportunities for 4H members who need financial assistance.

The event’s judges - Rep. Dean Arp, Sheriff Eddie Cathey, Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Dance and Rep. Craig Horn - were hard-pressed to choose the best dancers. By a combination of judges votes and audience votes by 4H donations, this year’s winners were Alex and Krissy Simpson who danced a high-energy quick step jive. The husband-and-wife team executed several dips and throws, ending the dance with Alex lifting Krissy onto his shoulders.

In second place was Colette Bromfield with her dance instructor and partner Jason Manus who danced the cha-cha. In third place was Lynn Raye and partner Zenaida Chandler.

Among the other contestants was Pat Kahle, who waltzed elegantly with her partner Nicolai Keanov. Denise Milliken performed a tango with partner Ryan Knight. John and Teresa Dodd danced the salsa. Kim Norwood danced the Cha cha with partner Bryon Chandler. Charlie Griffin and Terri Beeson danced the Rhumba. Jim and Glendora Bention danced the foxtrot in matching outfits. And Jill Malone performed a sultry Argentine tango with partner Sebastian Wrenn.

“We’re just so grateful for the hard work and support of everyone who donated and participated,” Byrd said. “We can’t wait until next year to do it again.”