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Local celebrities chosen for 5th annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser
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The local celebrities for this year's Dancing for a Cause fundraiser pose for a photo with the mirror ball trophy at the North Georgia Community Foundation in Gainesville, Georgia, on Thursday, March 22, 2018. From left are Andy Miller, Al Satterfield, Ashton Meeks, John LaForge, Margie Couvillon, Rustin Smith, Christy Wagner, Trey Greene, Lona Pope and Brooke Morters. - photo by Layne Saliba

Local celebrities from around Hall County will soon be showing off what they can do on the dance floor again at the fifth annual Dancing for a Cause event.

Al Satterfield, Andy Miller, Ashton Meeks, Brooke Morters, Christy Wagner, John LaForge, Lona Pope, Margie Couvillon, Rustin Smith and Trey Greene were announced as the 2018 celebrities to be matched with professional dancers. They will compete for fun and to raise money for three different nonprofits Aug. 25 at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

Dancing for a Cause

When: Aug. 25

Where: Chattahoochee Country Club, 3000 Club Drive, Gainesville

More info: dancehallcounty.com

“We are so excited about you being our community stars,” David Smith, executive Director for Center Point, told the contestants. “This has become quite a community event.”

More than 425 people attended last year’s event that raised over $200,000 for the nonprofits.

Center Point, Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy and Rape Response Inc. help organize the event each year and will benefit from the funds raised. Over the next five months, each dancer will raise money through individual donations and different types of fundraisers, all culminating in a competition in front of their friends, family and other community members.

Morters said she doesn’t have much experience dancing, but she’s “definitely excited” and “definitely nervous.”

“When they asked, every fiber of my being wanted to say ‘no’ immediately,” said Morters, co-owner of Triton Remodeling. “But knowing the three causes it supports are so valuable, and it’s right here in Gainesville, and I get to see that and be a part of that, I mean, I couldn’t tell them no.”

As the contestants went around the table introducing themselves, each one joked about their experience — or lack of it — as dancers.

But Couvillon may have a little advantage in this year’s competition after her husband Sam, a Gainesville City Council member, competed and won the dancing portion in 2016. She said she is doing her own thing but still hoping to follow in his footsteps.

“I think I’m coordinated,” said Couvillon, a credentialing specialist at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. “I used to dance, but that was 30 years ago. So it will be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

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