LAURINBURG — When a score of familiar faces hit the stage at the Highlands next month, all eyes will be on their fancy footwork.
The fourth Dancing With the Scotland Stars event to benefit the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast and Scotland County Arts Council will be held on Feb. 6.
For the friendly competition, 10 couples will foxtrot, jive, and just plain boogie for the honor of “best dance” or “people’s choice” and for the cause of the arts in Scotland County.
“It’s the biggest fundraiser for the arts council and it goes to new programming and new events and expanding the arts within the county,” said SACS director Erin Rembert.
To complement the Saturday night main event, which is usually a sold-out affair, this year Dancing With the Scotland Stars will add a Friday night preview for residents of Scotia Village.
Monies raised will support classes held at the center as well as major events like the annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina.
Organizers have not named all 20 contestants, but they will include Laurinburg community development director Teddy Warner and his wife Tiffany, a legal assistant at a Fayetteville firm, dancing to “You’re the One That I Want” from the musical Grease.
Both were band students in middle and high school, and Tiffany has many seasons watching Dancing With the Stars to her credit. The Warners also enjoy traveling to the beach and the mountains, movie nights, and exploring separate shopping and hunting pursuits.
Patrick Phillips, senior vice president of operations at Scotland Health Care System and his wife Courtney will also be among the contestants. Though neither of the Phillips will be drawing on any prior entertainment background, they will be reprising their first wedding dance to “With This Ring” by the Platters. The pair are active in volunteering with Scotland Memorial Foundation and United Way of Scotland County, and are the new parents of a five-month-old son.
Tickets are now on sale for $35 per person or $500 for a VIP table for 10. The evening will include a buffet dinner. A cash bar with champagne, beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available. The event will include a silent art auction, as well as a live auction featuring a selection of weekend getaways.
From information or to purchase tickets, visit storyartscenter.org or call the Storytelling and Arts Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 910-277-3599. Tickets are also available at Hi-Lites, Art by Design, and the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.