LAURINBURG — Though the salsa on showcase at next month’s Dancing With the Scotland Stars may not go well with chips, the competition on the dance floor is heating up.
The Feb. 6 event, to be held at the Highlands, will be the fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast and Scotland County Arts Council.
In a friendly competition, 10 couples will take the stage and vie for the honors of “best dance” and “people’s choice.”
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 will reveal the names of the 20 contestants in the weeks preceding the event. Among them Ken Ritch, a Laurinburg accountant, and Meghan Ritch O’Brien, a Raleigh kindergarten teacher and real estate broker.
The father-daughter dancing dynamo, who were paired since O’Brien was old enough to stand on her father’s feet, will dance the shag. Rich also serves on the finance committee at First United Methodist Church, and supports Scotland County Animal Advocates, St. Andrews University’s Intercollegiate Dressage Association, Scots for Youth, and coached for Scotland County Parks and Recreation as well as the Laurinburg Optimist Club.
Raymond Esteves, associate director at Scotia Village, and wife Brenda, an event planner, will dial up the thermostat with a salsa. The pair are also involved with the Restoring Hope Center and support the Alzheimer’s Association, and together have made a pact to travel to every NFL stadium in the United States.
Other contestants named so far are 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. Patrick Phillips, senior vice president of operations at Scotland Health Care System, and his wife Courtney will also be among the contestants, reprising their first wedding dance to “With This Ring” by the Platters.
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.
For 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.