Dancers lining up for fundraiser

The celebrity and professional dancers are lining up for the second annual “A Night of Dancing With the Stars” fundraiser for the Actors Guild of Parkersburg.

The dance night will be March 9 in the Parkersburg Art Center ballroom with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available on the Actors Guild website ( beginning Feb. 9.

The format will be the same as last year: dancing competition, followed by dancing exhibition, awards and open dancing, said Robin White, who is planning the event with Betty Dotson and Ann Simonton. Celebrity dancers so far are Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell, Abby Hayhurst (Parkersburg Art Center), Dr. Michelle Lynch-Bowling (Wayne Dunn & Associates), Toni Holbrook (Brickhouse Cardio), Mark Lewis (president of Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Shannon Houser (WTAP-TV).

Professional dancers will be Mollie Lair, Bob Heflin, Bill Snider, Morgan Heflin and Kyle Smart, with at least one other person to be confirmed, White said. Dance teams are Snider and Hayhurst, Lewis and Lair, Bob Heflin and Lynch-Bowling, Morgan Heflin and Newell, and Smart and Holbrook, White said.

Judges are R.J. Lowe, Brian Turrill and last year’s celebrity champion Reinnie Leavitt. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Last year’s event, which was sold out, raised about $10,000. Voting online by donations for dance partners begins Feb. 9 at the Guild website. The winning dance team is determined by donations collected (50 percent) and voting by judges (50 percent).


Daniel “Buddy” James, R.V. “Buddy” Graham and Dan Kimsey will be honored by the Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley Club at its scholarship fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. March 7 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. These individuals from the Mid-Ohio Valley were selected for making an impact in the community, country and Marshall University, said Laurie Martin of Vienna, president of the local Marshall alumni association, also known as the Thundering Bison Club. James was head coach of the Parkersburg High School football team that won state championships in 1976 and 1978, and he played football and wrestled at Marshall. Graham was a member and coach of the Marshall golf team and on the Big Green Board of Directors and M Club Board of Directors at Marshall. Wearing his green cowboy hat, Kimsey has been a visible fan at Marshall sporting events for decades. While in the U.S. Air Force, Kimsey flew 29 combat missions over North Vietnam and served in the Strategic Air Command. Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp will be the keynote speaker, while Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick and other dignitaries will attend. Proceeds from the dinner provide scholarships for local students attending Marshall. For tickets, contact Laurie Martin at 304-295-3071.


“Bowling Ball III,” sponsored by the West Virginia Symphony League-Parkersburg, will be 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg. Proceeds will support the symphony league’s music in the schools program in Wood and Washington counties. The $45 ticket entitles a person to dinner, bowling, beverages, raffle and prizes, said Becky Deem, a member of the Bowling Ball committee along with Joyce Stephens, Kiki Angelos, Linda Brunicardi and Barbara Fish. Teams of four bowlers can be individuals or businesses. Kraton won last year’s traveling trophy among corporate teams. Grant Cooper, artistic director/conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is expected to attend the fundraiser. Tickets go on sale next week by calling 304-428-0005.

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