Oxendine has a pair of dance partners, Ron Brown for the rehearsal on March 22, and Mickey Locklear for the main event on March 23.
Locklear was Oxendine’s original dance partner, but he has to be out of town on March 22, leaving room for Brown to step in.
“I was needed and I had an opportunity to do something for he children of Robeson County,” Brown said. “I needed to do my part and make the program come together.”
Oxendine practices with both of her partners at South Robeson High School with dance instructor Lisa Thoman, who teaches at the school.
“I welcome the opportunity to make books and literature plentiful in the lives of young children,” Locklear said.
The second annual dance event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 23 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center and Farmers Market. The United Way event asks people to support their favorite couple by voting with a $10 donation. The couple with the most votes will win the competition.
Proceeds from votes, as well as ticket sales, go toward the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, a program established in 1996 by country singer Dolly Parton that provides children 5 and under books each month regardless of their family income. Tickets are $30 each.
The event raised $146,000 last year, and hopes are high that the numbers will be better this time around.
There are 10,000 children 5 years old and younger eligible for the program in Robeson County. There are more than 1,300 children registered to receive books, a number that continues to grow.
Registration forms to receive books are available at the Lumberton Children’s Clinic at 400 Liberty Hill Road and the United Way office at 202 N. Chestnut St.
For information, or to vote for your favorite couple, visit www.unitedwayrobeson.org.