Did you know that Maumelle has its own "Dancing With The Stars?" Well, maybe the dancers aren’t really stars, but our former Mayor Burch Johnson has danced, the current City Clerk and Treasurer Joshua Clausen has danced, former school board president Tim Clark danced as did the Senior Wellness Center Director Nicole Heaps and the Chief of Police, Sam Williams, has been a judge. So dancing and judging what?

In 2008, a retired Maumelle couple, Dr. Don and Carlette Henderson started a non-profit organization, The Stars Come Out, Inc., to inspire and motivate residents of Central Arkansas to make a difference through volunteerism and financial generosity. They sponsor the annual Celebrity Dance Showcase, "Let’s Dance To Health," a major fundraiser which features community leaders competing through dance to raise money to benefit other non-profit organizations.

This year’s event will be Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Cabe Theatre at Wildwood Performing Arts Center, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock from 5-8:30 p.m. (Wouldn’t it be great if we had our own performing arts and event center in Maumelle?) There will be hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and jazz music. Tickets are $35 in advance (purchase on-line or by phone) and $45 at the door) The beneficiary for this year is Sickle Cell Support Services. You can learn more about this organization and purchase tickets to the event at www.starscomeoutinc.org or call 501-993-8867. You can also see videos of past dancers on the website and learn more about Sickle Cell Support Services.

This year’s dancers with Maumelle ties are Amanda Warren – Deputy City Clerk, Brian Waller – Skinner Chiropractic Rehab Specialist, and Reggie Richardson, adopted by the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center’s fitness class.

Past beneficiaries have included the Maumelle Senior Wellness Center, Maumelle Relay for Life, Arkansas Baptist College, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, The Christian Ministerial Alliance, Daisy Bates Home, and Women and Children First. You can see a complete list on the website.

Other dancers in the past with Maumelle roots included Kandace Williams (daughter of Chief Sam and Terry Williams), Pine Forest teacher Tonya Raborn, Police Officers Sgt. Dustin Ivey and Laura Robinson, and former Miss Maumelle Alexis Raley.

So come help the Hendersons inspire Central Arkansans to raise funds to send kids affected by Sickle Cell Disease to a Sickle Cell Enrichment Summer Camp. Tickets can be purchased at www.starscomeoutinc.org or by calling 501-993-8867.

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