There’s still time to cast your votes for your favorite dancer in ‘Dancing United with the Starz’

Excitement is mounting as the cast of Dancing United with the Starz ‘16 prepares to entertain a sold out crowd on Nov. 5 at the Owego Treadway Inn. In its second year, this fundraiser is being hosted by the Tioga United Way serving 30 partner agencies across the county addressing issues such as food insecurity, domestic abuse, illiteracy, dispute and resolution, transportation, child care, elder care, programs for the disabled, youth programs and more.

Like the hit TV show, area dance instructors have been paired with local celebrities to learn dance moves and routines in salsa, cha cha, swing, tango and nightclub two-step. Each couple will dazzle the crowd and be judged by highly regarded dancers who have competed in dance competitions themselves.  

The starz and their instructors have not only committed to preparing their dance routine, but have secured sponsors and are now campaigning for your vote.  

The couple who receives the most votes in cash contributions will be the proud recipient of the “People’s Choice” mirror ball trophy.  

Photos of all the couples can be found in the display window of the Tom Ash Insurance Agency.  Collection cans have been placed in local businesses such as the Arts Council, the Chamber, and the Owego Elks.  

In an effort to win the trophy, some dancers have baked cookies, raffled off golf passes, spoken at Rotary meetings, and reached out to overseas friends looking for votes in the form of contributions to the Tioga United Way.  

The starz and instructors with ties to local school districts are out stumping to bring in votes from their colleagues.  And if you would like to win a gourmet dinner for eight prepared by Ike and Julie Lovelass, be sure to stop by the Owego Kitchen and purchase a raffle ticket. All proceeds benefit the 30 partner agencies of the Tioga United Way.

Want to cast your vote for Tommy Woodburn, Chris Kuhlman, Breezy Knight, Ike Lovelass, Nick Ruiz, Marte Sauerbrey, Gwen Kania, Abbey Hendrickson, Jeri Sarrge, Andrew Hafer or Cate Pichany? Go to and click the Dancing United logo to cast your vote for one or all of the talented and dedicated couples.

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