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January 29--  Seven couples danced to raise money for the United Way in this year's "Dancing For the Stars."

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(L-R) Dr. Marc Bisseck and Melanie Lewis, Morgan and Martin Diaz De Leon, Gail and Jimmy McNeely, Regina and Dr. Michael Williams, winning couple Brandy and David Sikes, Jackie Ayeni and James Stokes and Charleen and Marshall Norfleet.

United Way Executive Director Patricia Dixon says the event raised $10,000 in contributions from those attending the show at Hawk's Point Golf Course in Vidalia.  She also reports it garnered another $15,000 from women who joined "The Power of the Purse," an organization of 237 area women who this year raised a record $136,100.00 for the United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler counties.  Membership chairman Lucy Whigham says that's a new record for annual contributions.

dancesikes3Brandy and David Sikes, new chairman of the Toombs County Commission, said they were proud to be part of the fundraiser and thanked the United Way for its support of more than 20 area community service organizations.