HAMLET — The stage is being set — literally — for one of Richmond County’s largest annual fundraisers.
Cole Auditorium is in the process of being decorated for Richmond County Hospice’s Dancing with the Stars Spooktacular, scheduled for Saturday night.
Dancers for this year’s competition include four family pairings: father-daughter duos Matthew and Tatum Rhyne and Gene and Meghan McKenzie; the mother-son team of Vickie Mathis and Dane Cipriani; and siblings Jeremiah Stewart and Kennedi Henry.
Richmond Senior High School’s boys and girls basketball coaches, Donald “Bootsie” Pettigrew (with Breanna Bostick) and Teddy Mosely (with Andrea Kinsey) will be seeing who has the best moves off the court and on the dance floor.
Other dance teams include Bobby Mabe and Kasey Knight, Kim Sharpe and Valerie McQueen, and Charity Davis and Nikki Fletcher. The latter team participated in 2019.
Another portion of the event is the Taste of the Sandhills, featuring foods from more than a dozen regional restaurants and food trucks: Ansonia Soup Company; Axe to Grind; Britton’s BBQ; Buie’s Cotton Gin; Burger Bros; Cafe Convo; Carolina’s Kitchen and Catering; The Gentleman Mobile Bar; Godfather’s Pizza; Hickory Tavern; Hidden Treasures; Holiday Restaurant; Kountry Kitchen; La Familia Mexican Restaurant; Los Mariachi’s; Mama Noi’s; Melj Sweets; Scott’s Table; The Taco Factory; Taco Loko; The Grille; and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Dancing with the Stars returned last year after a two-year hiatus, raising $80,000. The 2019 event brought in around $60,000, nearly triple that of the first year’s total of $23,000.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, there were a few more than 50 tickets still available and they can be purchased through Eventbrite or by calling Richmond County Hospice at 910-997-4464.