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Dancing with the Tri-State Stars raises funds

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 12:27 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A chiropractor and a former cheerleader took home the top prize at the fifth annual Dancing with the Tri-State Stars fundraising event Saturday night at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Dr. Moe Carlton and Mendi Stotts Starcher impressed the judges with their moves in the country category and then again when they faced-off with the best dancers of the night to win the title of Tri-State Dancing Stars.

Carlton is a partner at Davis Chiropractic in Barboursville, and Starcher is a former NFL cheerleader and current co-owner of MHJ Construction.

The other big winners of the night were kindergarten teacher Brenda Bunn and Lee David Salon hairstylist Alex Smith, who earned the most donations in order to win the "People's Choice Award" for their ballroom dancing.

Dancing with the Tri-State Stars raises about $25,000 annually for Ebenezer Medical Outreach, a Huntington-based health care organization that provides free, comprehensive health care, preventative care and medicine to the uninsured and underinsured throughout the Tri-State.

"We were excited about the turnout, the energy and the support for Ebenezer Medical Outreach," said Yvonne L. Jones, executive director. "We appreciate all the sponsors and all the dancers who gave their time and talent and all the people who came out to support us."

Twelve teams competed in this year's event. Category winners included Carlton and Starcher for country; Bunn and Smith for ballroom; Chris Lane, personal training coordinator at the Marshall Recreation Center, and Rachel Stefursky, dancer with Huntington Dancer's Guild, for hip hop; Mitzi Sinnott, a performing artist and educator, and Kipp Colvin, the assistant vice president of student activities at Stevenson University, for modern/contemporary.

Other participating teams included Eric Anderson and Jill Meadows; Sarah Holbrook White and Shaun Terry; Amy and David Coughenour; Gary Myers and Doris Horst; Anthony Dooley and Lisa Hernandez; Elizabeth and Michael Estep; Christopher Collins and Brittany McDonald; and Jenn Seay and Nathan Hall.

Judges were Mark Wood, of Oldies 97.1 radio; Darrah Wilcox, of WCHS and FOX 11; and Tim Irr, of WSAZ

In addition to the dancing, Ebenezer Medical Outreach also presented its Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Judith P. Sortet, who has volunteered with the organization for more than 12 years.

The event was sponsored by Clear Channel Communications and First Sentry Bank.

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