Lancaster raises $8,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs

Celebrity dancer Ruby Lee Lancaster dances with her partner Matt Embler Saturday night during the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi's Dance Like the Stars event at the BancorpSouth Arena. (Photo Lauren Wood)

Celebrity dancer Ruby Lee Lancaster dances with her partner Matt Embler Saturday night during the Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi’s Dance Like the Stars event at the BancorpSouth Arena. (Photo Lauren Wood)

TUPELO – Eleven volunteers tripped the light fantastic for kid’s sake Aug. 24 and set a new fundraising record for North Mississippi Boys and Girls Clubs.
The eighth annual Dance Like the Stars event raised over $244,000, far surpassing the $186,000 mark it reached in 2012.
The event raises money for BGC programs that teach and encourage development through education, arts, sports and fitness and leadership programs.
Ruby Lee Lancaster of Houston donated her time and dancing shoes to the program, traveling to Tupelo this summer for dance lessons and competing in the event. She and partner, Matt Embler, performed to the Barry Manilow song, “Copacabana” and Lancaster earned a score of 25 of 30 points. She raised over $8,000 to help offset expenses incurred at the Houston clubhouse.
Lancaster said while she enjoyed the experience, she didn’t realize how much work and effort went into learning a competitive dance.
“I had no idea,” Lancaster smiled.
Zell Long, Chief Financial Officer of BGCNMS was thrilled with the success of the event and praised the volunteers for their willingness to train and compete.
“He (God) gathered this wonderful group of individuals to be our celebrity dancers to sacrifice your time, energy, moments with your families and all of the omissions of your everyday lives,” Long said.
BGCNMS manages clubhouses in Oxford, New Albany, Ripley and Tupelo. The clubhouse in Houston closed in July and members of the advisory board are looking at ways to restructure the organization.

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