BBBS to host Dancing with the Stars competition

Bailey Williams Special Contributor

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County is planning a fundraiser with a celebrity twist. A “Dancing With The Stars” style competition featuring some well-known names in the region. 

“We put lots of preparation into this event,” said Erath County BBBS President Treva Wygle. “We started planning it almost a year ago now. There is so much to consider in planning such a huge high-quality event like this, from getting the commitments from the dancers, judges, dance instructor and raising the funds needed to put it all together.”  

The concept is to get familiar faces in the community to compete in the show to raise money for the organization. The contest will have six couples competing against one another. Sherri Evans, former Stephenville High School Sting Director  and board member with Stephenville Independent School District, will teach contestants  dance routines to jazz, hip hop, disco, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s hits.  

 “We will start practicing by the end of July until November, hopefully once a week,” Evans explained. “But the goal is to have 10 lessons with each couple by November. Also the contestants will have to work a lot on their own time.” 

Familiar faces who’ve already committed include Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon, BBBS board member Kendra Bedwell, Bob and Darla Doty of Tarleton State University, and Mindy Wooley, SISD employee.  A complete list of celebrity couples will be announced in the DWTS upcoming promotional kickoff. 

The community will be able to participate by pre-voting online for their favorite participants when BBBS launches its DWTS website. The community can donate money or just vote by clicking on their favorite team on the website. Participants with the most donations, or votes, along with the judge's scores will determine the winner. 

The Nov. 8 event is $75 per person. Admission includes dinner catered by Tarleton State University’s catering service Sodexo. A limited number of tickets will go on sale soon. For updated information, follow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County Facebook page. All money raised will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County. 

BBBS Erath County has 70 children matched with mentors in Erath County and more on the waiting list. This fundraiser will help provide resources to match more children. Current research on www.bbbs.org shows that after 18 months of spending time with their “Bigs,” “Littles” were 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs and 52 percent less likely to skip school compared to children not in the program.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization is fantastic with a very substantial and worthy cause that helps to mentor our youth in the community,” Weldon said.