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Celebrity Lineup announced for Dancing with the Nashville Stars

Feed America First announces the celebrity lineup for this year’s Dancing with the Nashville Stars fundraising event.

The event features a celebrity dance competition modeled after the popular TV show, in which eight celebrities from the Nashville area will be partnered with professional dancers from National Dance Clubs and World Champion Productions in a one-night-only competition to boogie away hunger.

The winning dance couple will be the one who raises the most money in support of Feed America First, a 501(c)3 hunger relief charity based in Franklin and operating throughout the Middle Tennessee region. Feed America First's food distribution center is in Murfreesboro.

This is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, raising enough money to provide enough food for more than 250,000 meals last year. This year's goal is enough food for half a million meals.

The event is open to the public and will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Factory at Franklin, in Liberty Hall. Seating is limited and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event also features dinner catered by Stoveworks, a silent auction, and open dancing for registered guests. Reserved seats are $75 through Oct. 26 and $85 thereafter if still available. Reserved tables of eight are $550 through Oct. 26 and $600 thereafter if still available.

“It’s so exciting to see celebrities of this stature engaged in helping to feed our neighbors,” said Tom Henry, founder and executive director of Feed America First. “I just know that their efforts will allow us to serve thousands more families this year as we work to alleviate hunger in the Middle Tennessee region.”

Fans can vote for their favorite dancers and reserve seats at Each dollar donated equals one vote, and provides enough food for 12 to 15 meals. Last year’s winning couple was Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and professional dancer Mandy Torkelson.

Couples will also be judged on Technical Merit and Artistic Merit by a panel of professional and celebrity judges. This year’s celebrity judges are country music legend Lorrie Morgan and Circuit Court Judge Timothy Easter.

Here’s the full lineup of celebrities for this year’s event:

* Big Joe Dubin is a 10-time EMMY nominated reporter who is Co-Host of the First Quarter on ESPN Radio Nashville on 102.5 The Game, every weekday from 6-9 a.m.

* Janet Ivey Duensing is a lover of children, a passionate advocate for science, and winner of 11 Regional Emmy awards and 5 Gracie Allen Awards for her show Janet's Planet, which airs on WNPT and across the country.

* Mandy Hale is an author, columnist, and Twitter powerhouse affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.”

* Kelly Lang is a country singer and songwriter who has worked with music legends Lorrie Morgan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Barry Gibb and Crystal Gayle; and has made numerous appearances on Star Search, Crook & Chase, and The Grand Ole Opry.

* Tom Miller is the former Mayor of Franklin and is currently a real estate broker for The Capital Corporation.

* Laurie Parker is the face of Nashville Electric Service and has been recognized as Nashville’s top young public relations professional for 2012 by PRSA Nashville.

* Erica Shaffer is a reporter for Fox 17 News in Nashville, on Fox 17 News at 9 and 10 on Monday through Wednesday and Fox 17 News at 9 on weekends.

* Eric Stuckey serves as the Franklin City Administrator, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this dynamic, growing city.

Celebrity Judges

* Timothy Easter is Circuit Court Judge and Presiding Drug Court Judge for the 21st Judicial District of Tennessee, and is vice president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference.

* Grand Ole Opry member Lorrie Morgan is a country music legend with more than 25 charted singles and three No. 1 hits to her name. Lorrie has played parts on Broadway and has recorded duets with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys.

For information about Feed America First or Dancing with the Nashville Stars, or to vote or reserve seats for the event, visit

Posted on: 9/19/2012


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