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Up Front Snippets of the Local Scene

Compiled by Molly Harrison
Photography By Ronnie Holden

Dancing with the Brunswick Stars
The Foundation of Brunswick Community College (BCC) will present Dancing With The Brunswick Stars 2012 on Friday, August 10 at 6 pm. A fund-raiser for student scholarships at BCC, the event will be held at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the BCC campus in Supply. The theme this year is “Dancing Through The Decades.” In the competition are 22 dancers in teams of an amateur local dancer paired with a professional dance instructor/partner. The music will span numerous decades and is sure to have something for everyone.

“I am truly overwhelmed by the interest and level of excitement about this year’s lineup of dancers,” says Susan Lawing, executive director of the Foundation for Brunswick Community College. “The dancing stars and professionals continue to generously give their time, energy and talents to raise money for student scholarships that are so desperately needed at this time.”

This will be the fourth year that the Foundation of BCC has sponsored this event. In the past three years, Dancing with the Brunswick Stars has raised more than $800,000 for scholarships.

“The generosity of the community, participants and voters is always so amazing,” Lawing says.

On the event website you can read the biographies of the contestants and vote for your favorite dancers.

When: Friday, August 10, 6 pm

Where: Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center, Brunswick Community College, Supply

Tickets: $100 each; call (910) 755-7473 or go to http://dwts.brunswickcc.edu/dwts.brunswickcc.edu.htm

List of Dancers:

Eric Thomas & Shiloh Ransom
Anthony Marzano & Ann Hucks
Jamie Milliken & Valerie Taylor
Kim Loucks & Rebecca Gainey
Tim Daniels & Holly Knepp
Sam Townsend & Ashlyn Burke
Doug Turner & Jada Gonzalez
John Mohr & Ashley Smith-Stewart
Mac Berenji & Debra Hughes
Jimmy Green & Jessica Dosher
Jamie Watson & Whitney Sauls
Paul McTaggart & Becky Steadman
Juan Gonzales & Marie Marshburn
Juan Gonzales & Lynell Eaddy
Joe McMillan & Marie Wheatley
Greg Bland and Shannon Phelps and Kristof Deproft and Claire Williams
Karl Victor Garbade & Lynne Wiggins
Dan Chop & Dana Fisher
Kevin Green & Jwantana Frink
Philip McGee & Everette Milligan
Paul Jarrell & Celeste Rogers

SECU Hospice House Grand Opening
The new SECU Hospice House hosted several grand opening events in June. On June 21 the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees hosted a private dedication ceremony at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick at 955 Mercy Lane in Bolivia (off Old Ocean Highway). The private dedication was for major donors to the Closer to Home capital campaign, community officials and key volunteers. On Sunday, June 24 the community was invited to an open house at the newly dedicated SECU Hospice House. On June 28 the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a community ribbon-cutting ceremony at the care center.

The SECU Hospice House of Brunswick offers medical and respite care in a comfortable, homelike environment that’s close to home. Patients are admitted to a hospice care center for around-the-clock pain and symptom monitoring, for family members to gain care-giving skills or receive rest from care-giving, or if home care is not possible during the last days of life. Also, care centers serve as training centers for clinical students and offer educational programs on end-of-life topics.

SECU Hospice House of Brunswick has seven private patient and family suites, open courtyard gardens, a comfortable living room, a solace room, a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, all designed to meet the needs of hospice patients and their visiting caregivers, loved ones and families.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has been serving patients in Brunswick County since 1980. Last year their hospice teams cared for 2,316 patients throughout the five-county service area.

FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament
The South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club held its annual FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Isle Beach on May 19. The purpose of the event is to raise monies to support local nonprofit groups with a goal of improving the quality of life for the children of Brunswick County. This was the 18th annual FORE! KIDZ tournament run by the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club.

“We had another successful year with our FORE! KIDZ tournament,” stated Mark McKeithan, tournament chair. “We raised over $21,000 for the kids of Brunswick County. We thank our sponsors and players, many of whom support us each year.”

This year’s tournament drew more than 120 players. The winners of the tournament were Linda Lynes, Greg Hensley, Holden Patterson and Barry Hooks. For more information about the SBI Rotary Club, visit www.sbirotary.org or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sbirotary .

Bobby Richardson Talks Yankees at BCC
Former New York Yankees star second baseman Bobby Richardson was the guest speaker at the annual Brunswick Community College Community Fund breakfast on April 24. The Foundation of Brunswick Community College hosts the Community Fund breakfast to raise money for student scholarships at BCC.

A welcoming crowd of community members and BCC students, many of them wearing Yankees attire, came out to hear Richardson speak. Brunswick Community College’s baseball players sat on the stage with Richardson.

Richardson spoke about his baseball career from high school through Major League Baseball. A native of Sumter, S.C., Richardson started with the Yankees at age 19 in 1955. With the Yankees he was an eight-time all-star, was on three World Series championship teams, won five gold gloves and was the MVP of the 1960 World Series. He retired from Major League Baseball at age 30 after the 1966 season. He went on to coach baseball at three colleges.

Richardson delighted the crowd with stories of his Yankees days, including the time he visited Mickey Mantle in the hospital. But his ultimate message was one of faith.

“My message would be very simple, ‘You don’t know where the Lord is going to end up with you,’” he said. Richardson said that when he was a teenager he never could have imagined what his life would become.

“That’s the thrill of these young guys,” he said. “The Lord can use them in so many ways. Where they end up, we just don’t know.”

At the end of the presentation, BCC presented Richardson with a Brunswick Community College baseball jersey.

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