The second annual Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars on May 10 is sold out. But on Friday, May 9, the public is invited to attend the Top Hat Preview at the Wabash College Knowling Fieldhouse, where there will be a silent auction, guest judges, and a raffle, in addition to the full dance program.

No tickets are required, and doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. Organizers ask as admission to the event everyone brings a canned food item for the FISH pantry and a free-will cash donation , which can be given in support of a favorite dancing pair. The dancers are in a fundraising competition and have made a tremendous effort in selling tickets and sponsorships. They would really love to have people support their efforts by donating to the cause on Friday. There will be top hats set up next to the pictures of the dancers.

Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars is a fundraiser for the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau. The main event has been sold out since March.

"We have a lot planned for the preview night," CASA Director Jane Christophersen said. "We are delighted to have Ann Malott and Stu Weliever as the judges for the Preview. I look forward to their remarks after each dance. Ann has a background in dance. I'm not sure that Stu does, but I doubt that will keep him from having an opinion," Christophersen joked. "The crowd will vote for the Top Hat Preview People's Choice Award. The dancers have worked incredibly hard to put on a fabulous show. I absolutely guarantee that everyone will enjoy it!"

Christophersen says Friday evening will be very similar to the main event, just in a more relaxed atmosphere. The stars will be in costume, and the evening will flow similarly to the actual event.

"Jim Amidon and Heather Dennsion are the emcees. They alone would be worth the price of admission," she said. In addition to the adult dancers, three youth dancing groups will perform. Dancers from Center Pointe Dance Studio, Dance By Deborah, and the North Montgomery Dance Team are excited to be part of the program. Frayed Edges will provide musical entertainment during intermission.

This year the stars are, in no particular order, Dennis Holbein and Mallory Prather; Ryan Needham and Heidi Gambrel; Bob Cox and Amber Laskowski; Kent Minnette and Lisa Warren; Jamie Menard and Deborah Kochert; Nick Miller and Sophie Templeton; Shawn Blackwell and Anna Templeton; Terri Gadd and Greg Huey; Kimbie Casteel and Guillermo Rodriguez; Dianne Magstadt and Steve Frees; and Fawn Johnson and Eldon Elledge. Dancers from last year who will be in the opening number are Alexandra Thomas, Mayor Todd Barton, Gerald Hole, Amber Reed, and Donna Wilson. For more information about this year's stars, including their biographies, visit and click on the "Dancing with the Montgomery County Stars" logo.

The Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau's vision is to have a community where all children and youth are respected, nurtured, and protected. For more information about the YSB, visit them at, on Facebook at or by calling 362-0694, ext. 14. Jane Christophersen, CASA Program director, and Jill Hampton, the mentoring program manager, would love to discuss volunteer opportunities with anyone who has an interest. They can also be reached at 362-0694.