HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The sixth annual Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Center Theater in Hartsville, benefiting The Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault.
Patterned after the television reality show “Dancing with the Stars,” the event is a fundraiser that focuses on the services provided by the Pee Dee Coalition.
Celebrity dancers and their professional partners will compete for the coveted title and trophy. There will also be a People’s Choice Award, based on the most cash votes. The 2019 theme is “Dancing Through the Decades.” Each team has been assigned a dance style and a decade from the '50s to the present to coordinate with their songs, props and dance moves.
The People’s Choice ballots are $10 each.
All proceeds will go to the Pee Dee Coalition. The Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization serving eight counties in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina dedicated to the reduction of sexual assault.
Go online to learn more about Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County and to vote for the People's Choice award at DWTSofDC.com.
Each week until the event, two dance teams will be featured in Pee Dee Weekly after being featured in The Hartsville Messenger, including bios they have provided. This week’s featured dancers are celebrity dancer Lauren Wint and professional dancer Greg McDonald and celebrity dancer Eric Tucker and professional dancer Vera DuBose.
Wint and McDonald will dance hip hop to music from the 1980s choreographed by Brenda Cranford.
Tucker and DuBose will dance the waltz to music from the 1990s choreographed by DuBose.
Wint was born and raised in Hartsville. After college, she moved several places, but none was quite as special, so that is why she moved home a few years ago. She has served on what was once the Hartsville Downtown Development Association as an event coordinator, as well as several committees since. Currently, she is a marketing specialist at WFXB FoxTV in Florence and a part-time children’s director at First Baptist Church in Hartsville.
In her free time, you can find her practicing with her praise and worship team for Sunday morning worship, or downtown Hartsville with her girls shopping or “reinvesting” in the town’s retail community.
Wint said she is honored to be a part of this year’s Dancing with the Stars because she finds it incredibly important to instill the value of worth and God’s incredible love in her children at FBC.
“The Pee Dee Coalition is a foundation that helps protect individuals and children in harm’s way and remind them they are worthy of a better and safer life than the one they are in,” she said. Any small part she can play in helping further that mission, she does with a happy heart, much love, and her self-proclaimed “clumsy” feet, she said.
McDonald is an operations management gatekeeper/PCL at Sonoco. He was born and raised in Hartsville, son of Ernestine and the late Pastor Nathan McDonald. He graduated from Hartsville High School and Florence Darlington Technical College, where he obtained a certification in electronics/heating and air. He also studied at Coker College. At the age of 23, he was hired at Sonoco, where he has worked for the past 30 years. He has also been a Gospel radio announcer for the past 23 years and is the owner of McDonald Tree Services. McDonald is the father of four children and grandfather to four grandchildren. He is actively involved in church and family events and enjoys making memorable moments. Known best for his alias, his Sonoco family refers to him as "Big Mac." Fans of Gospel Radio know the radio personality as Chris Allen the Preacher’s Son. He chose to participate in Dancing with the Stars because the event brings awareness to domestic and sexual assault. He believes these types of abuses are gravely under represented and victims often go unnoticed until it is too late. He supports the Pee Dee Coalition in its efforts to bring awareness of this problem in the hopes that it helps prevent others from becoming victims.
Tucker is the operations manager at the new waterpark built in the city of Hartsville, Neptune Island. He has been in the waterpark industry for 18 years. He is excited to be a part of the city of Hartsville’s family and is doing all he can to make Neptune Island a success. He prides himself in ensuring the safety of guests while providing them with a facility where they can make lasting memories with their friends and family. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Stephanie, promoting compassion, fitness and good health through the vegan lifestyle, and traveling. He is a strong believer in respect and the equal treatment for all, so being able to raise money to support the Pee Dee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Assault is an honor.
DuBose is a local costume designer, illustration artist and ICU nurse. She has worked on multiple stage productions for Coker College and the University of South Carolina, where she also received her master of fine arts. Internships have allowed her to work with the New York City Ballet Costume Shop and the National Opera House of Hamburg, Germany. She currently runs her own Etsy store, is a vendor at the Seersuckergypsy and works at McLeod Regional Medical Center. She has danced all of her life. She pursued a professional career as a dancer but eventually had to change plans because of hip problems. Since then, she discovered her love for Latin and ballroom dancing and has competed for several years in Germany with her dance partner, Chris Scharte, and in several Latin dance teams. After being involved as a choreographer and dancer for DWTS of Darlington County three years in a row, she is excited to be a part of this fundraiser once again.