Brunswick County stars dance the night away for a good cause

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Submitted: Sat, 08/10/2013 - 3:13am
Updated: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:47am

In Brunswick County, stars danced the night away for a good cause.

It was a black tie affair at the fifth annual Dancing with the Brunswick Stars, and one of our own graced the stage with his dazzling dance moves.

Good Morning Carolina’s Randy Aldridge took to the stage tonight to show off his skills, and contribute to a worthy cause.

After a stellar performance, Aldridge says he is exhausted.

“I am so glad this is over,” Aldridge said. “I can’t even see straight.”

But he says what’s most important are the students this event will benefit.

“I keep reminding myself every time my back hurts and every time I’m out of breath, and every time I don’t do something that this really is not about me,” he said. “It’s about making money to send these kids to school.”

The event is sponsored by the Foundation of Brunswick Community College to raise money for student scholarships.

The organization has raised nearly $500,000 just in the past five years and over $200,000 last year alone.

“It’s heartbreaking and also very uplifting to listen to the stories of the students tell about how much the scholarships mean to them,” said Teresa McLamb, member of the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

One of those students, Jessica McLamb, says she knows about the struggle first hand.

“When I went to college, I couldn’t afford it, so the scholarships were really important,” McLamb said.

She says the scholarships helped her immensely, and she knows the money raised at this event will help other students too.

“It brings a lot of extra help for those who can’t afford college,” she added.

Cedric Turner, a former UNCW student, agrees. He says scholarships can be vital to a student’s success.

“So that they can further their dreams, and then when they further their dreams, and get an education, and get a job, they can then give back to the community,” Turner said.

The results are in, and GMC’s Randy Aldridge won the award for most entertaining.

He tells us more than $140,000 was raised at this year’s event.

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