LUMBERTON — Stephanie Kinlaw and Woody Beck will be pairing up to dance for literacy at the United Way event Dancing with the Robeson County Stars.
Beck is a local chiropractor who moved to Lumberton in 1974. He and his wife Mary have two children who are chiropractors.
Beck said the audience can expect to see “something wild, something different and something exciting.”
“I’m having a great time and I think it’s a great way to raise money for the United Way,” Beck said.
Beck said working with Kinlaw has been a blast.
Kinlaw, of Parkton, attended Atlantic Christian College and graduated from what was then Pembroke State University.
“I am definitely in favor of the fundraiser because I have three children and I think it is so important for the children to have the opportunity to read,” Kinlaw said. “Reading helps us become more successful.”
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.