“Wow, that photo is like your dreams come to life! Nice,” said the message from my friend Bean, who had just seen a picture I posted to Twitter. Three morning news anchors from three different television stations had come in to be interviewed about their participation in Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars.
I danced in last year’s version of the event and my wife made a donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on my behalf. Each dollar raised by the dancers counts as one vote toward their total. My wife and I will donate again this year and I thought we might divide our dollars evenly between the fundraising pages for Tearsa Smith, Abby Ham and Allison Kropff. On Monday night my wife came home from a Knoxville Choral Society rehearsal with a different idea. She would donate to Lucas Richman’s account.
I should have thought of that sooner. After all, the Maestro is dancing with Emily Loyless, the new co-owner of Academy Ballroom, who was my partner last year. Also, I’m the one who invited Lucas to participate via Stephanie Burdette, the Knoxville Symphony’s director of communications. On top of all that, Richman’s total is lagging behind the TV women, who have been tirelessly promoting the event on their newscasts.