Dancing with the Stars Columbus Style to theme performances to Hollywood

Amateurs will pair with professionals to showcase new dancing skills in an effort to help the community’s children at “Dancing with the Stars Columbus Style — Hollywood Nights.”

A benefit for Children, Inc. and Family School Partners, the ninth annual event at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center raises from $80,000 to $100,000 a year to help children and parents in the Columbus community.

Money raised is used by the two United Way agencies to help provide child care for local families, provide quality early education to families and provide activities to help meet the educational, physical, emotional and social needs of children.

Performances will be 2 and 8 p.m. Jan 14, with tickets at $20 for the matinee performance and $40 for the evening performance.

Fundraising for the event is already underway with the community invited to choose their favorite dancing pair even before they dance at $1 a vote online on the “Dancing with the Stars Columbus Style” website.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.