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JR Martinez to Attend Chattanooga's Dancing With the Stars
Chattanooga is hosting its own celebrity dance-off at Partnership’s 5th annual Dancing with the Stars Chattanooga, presented by First Tennessee and NewsChannel 9, on Saturday, June 23rd. Tickets are on sale now at www.dancingwiththestarschattanooga.com. Prices range from $21 - $150. The VIP reception is 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain City Club and the show begins at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theater with an afterparty to follow.

Not only does this year’s event have another great lineup of celebrity dancers, but Dancing with the Stars Chattanooga is proud to feature hometown hero and season 13 champion of ABC’s hit TV show Dancing with the Stars – JR Martinez! JR Martinez is not only a mirror ball holder but is also an Iraqi War Veteran and former star of the daytime Emmy winning show All My Children. JR calls Dalton, GA home and will be speaking at the event about his time on the hit TV show as well his incredible journey.

“We are very excited to welcome a hometown hero to this year’s event” says Sandra Hollett, Partnership CEO.

“JR’s story of perseverance is exactly what the Partnership is all about. The Partnership strives to help people by empowering them to overcome obstacles.”

The DWTSC 2012 local celebrity lineup includes:
Amanda Buchanan – Chief Executive Officer of Dale Buchanan and Associates, dancing for Elder Services
John DeMoss – President and CEO of DeMoss Capital, dancing for the Sexual Assault Center
Anita Oaks Headrick – Representative at Steris Healthcare, dancing for Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Paula Henderson – Community Volunteer, dancing for Family Financial Counseling
Donna Knowles Killian – Vice President at First Tennessee Bank, dancing for the Family Violence Center
Jay Robinson – Real Estate Broker and owner of Robinson Real Estate Inc., dancing for Family and Individual Counseling Services
Stratton Tingle – Account Executive at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, dancing for Building Stable Lives
Scott Wilson – Headmaster of Baylor School, dancing for Youth Services.

Each local celebrity is paired with a professional dancer from the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio where they rehearse their routine in 15 dance lessons over three months. In addition to trying to win the Dancing Champion
mirror ball trophy for their event night performance and fundraising efforts, dancers also collect votes along the way in a quest to become the event’s Fan Favorite by asking people to make online donations in their name at
www.dancingwiththestarschattanooga.com. The dancer raising the most money will win the Fan Favorite trophy and all proceeds will be designated to the dancer’s chosen program area. Voting will continue until Friday, June 22nd at
midnight.

Special thanks to event sponsors First Tennessee, presenting media sponsor NewsChannel 9, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Hamico, Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Brewer Media Group, Derryberry PR, and Families Inc.
Questions about the event and sponsorship opportunities can be directed to Partnership at (423) 697-3827.
JR Martinez to Attend Chattanooga's Dancing With the Stars

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