Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County gives $102,000 Pee Dee Coalition

September 6, 2018

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Members of the Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County presented a ceremonial check on Wednesday to Ellen C. Hamilton, executive director of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault. The check was for $102,000 and was presented at the Durant Children’s Center in Hartsville.

The donation to the Pee Dee Coalition was from the fifth annual Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County, held in January at the Center Theater in Hartsville.

“We just want to thank the dancers, sponsors and everyone who has helped make this a success,” said Pat Segars, president of the Darlington County Chapter Board of the Pee Dee Coalition and a Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County committee member.

Segars said this year’s donation tops all other years in amount.

“I don’t think we would ever have imagined we’d be able to raise this much money when we started,” Segars said.

Their mission was to raise money for the nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the number of sexual assaults, family violence and child abuse cases in Darlington County.

The efforts of the committee, the dancers, sponsors and the community are what have made this event a success from its beginning, she said.

Segars said this year’s event would not have been possible without its Galaxy sponsors – Nationwide Insurance: McLean Marcehal Insurance of Florence and Walt Peterson.

The overall winning dance team of Curtis Boyd and Logan Suggs also raised the most money from ballots to win the People’s Choice Award.

Hamilton said the efforts of everyone involved with this fundraiser are greatly appreciated.

“This has enabled us to keep this center (in Hartsville) open and supported our crisis center,” she said.

Hamilton said because of the generous donation this year the coalition was able to provide support to its transitional shelter for women and children as well.

“This board is absolutely A-plus and has outstripped all expectations,” Hamilton said.

She said that is largely due to the leadership and dedication of Pat Segars.

“We have a long history with the Segarses ever since we came to this community,” Hamilton said.

She said that when the Coalition’s 24-hour crisis center started in 1986 there were people from this community who were willing to drive to Florence to volunteer. She said when they went to city council in Hartsville seeking a place to open a satellite center it was Goz Segars, Pat’s husband, who spoke up and said he had a building available.

“I feel so incredibly fortunate and obligated to so many people who made this happen,” Hamilton said.

Segars said the committee is already planning for the next the Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County.

She said the event has blossomed into something the whole county looks forward to each year. Tickets to the event sell out in advance.

Co-artistic director Tamara Weatherford said 2019 dance teams have already been chosen and several have started planning fundraiser/ballot events in Hartsville and Darlington as they vie for the People’s Choice Award, which is based on ballots sold. Her co-artistic director for 2019 is Lukas Glenn.

“We are really excited this year,” she said.

Fourteen dance teams have committed to dance in the sixth annual Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County.

The 2019 event will be held on Jan. 31 at the Center Theater in Hartsville. A reveal party to announce the dance teams and their dance styles will be held this month at the David and Mary Wood Beasley farm.

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