CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (WSIL) — The stars are aligning in southeast Missouri for an annual event that keeps fingers snapping and toes tapping.
The 4th annual Dancing With Show Me Stars invites local celebrities and dancers to come out and show off their moves for a good cause. Organized by the Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri (CPSEMO), the event’s proceeds go toward funding assistance programs.
Executive director Dr. Melissa Stickel says the winner, or ‘star’, chooses the CPSEMO program that receives the funds. But this year, Dr. Stickel says funds will go back to the group’s new building, which once housed the city’s police department. The building cost $2,000,000 to acquire and renovate, Dr. Stickel says.
“That’s a big hefty bill to pay off,” Dr. Stickel said. “We have about a $1,000,000 loan that we had to take out for debt financing.”
The group moved into the building in May. Since its opening, more than 10,000 people have been served by CPSEMO, Dr. Stickel says. One of those people is Ernest Kamanga-Sollo, an employment specialist for the group. Sollo, a retired doctor from Tanzania, says the group provides numerous services that help low-income families and the homeless.
“I’ve seen them helping youth, I’ve seen them helping young fathers and mothers,” Sollo said.
Dr. Stickel says the event raises an average of $60,000 to $75,000 each year. So far, the dance has raised more than $76,000. Ultimately, Dr. Stickel says the event is about having fun and reconnecting with the community that’s still battling the pandemic.
“We certainly don’t want to contribute to any uptick but people are biting at the chomps to get back and do something and gather and be part of something,” Dr. Stickel said. “We’re really excited about bringing this back to the community this year.”
The event is happening at the Drury Plaza Hotel Conference Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. For tickets and more information click here.
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