If you are familiar with ABC’s “Dancing with Stars”, then you know the brother-sister duo of Derek and Julianne Hough. Derek has taken home the mirror ball trophy six times and Julianne, who became a permanent judge on the show in 2014, has taken home the mirror ball trophy two times. But there’s a mirror ball trophy to be won right here in Williamson County and another Hough who is hoping to win it.
Marabeth Poole will be competing for the mirror ball trophy in the Nashville Dancing with the Nashville Stars competition that benefits Feed America First.
Poole grew up dancing with her siblings but admits that this competition will be her first attempt at ballroom dancing. As a realtor in Williamson County, she was invited to the competition by a co-worker. And yes, getting to dance was a big motivation for her, the bigger draw was knowing that she was helping to feed the hungry right here at home.
“I’ve always loved to be involved in the community and certainly ballroom dancing gets me out of my comfort zone. So I have to say I’m a little nervous, and it’s something I’ve never done before but at the end of the day, it’s about feeding the hungry. ”
The more that Poole learned hunger statistics – how 1 in 4 children skip meals due to lack of food, her eyes were opened to a very real need.
“For me, it’s eye-opening. I wasn’t aware of the need in our area. We receive emails from Feed America First where they share updates with us, one mentioned a response from a couple of young boys who received food and told a Feed America First representative they were excited because tonight they will have food. As a mom to a 12-year-old that pulls on my heart strings to know that our efforts are already working.”
Feed America First sets out to make a difference, with just a $1 donation, you can provide 10-15 meals.
Poole needs your help to keep the mirror ball trophy in the family and while the competition is not about the dancing, it is about feeding the hungry in our area. Here are a couple of ways that you can help.
On Thursday, October 27th, you can attend a Halloween costume party, hosted by Poole at Mint Springs Farm located at 7720 Nolensville Road in Nolensville. Starting at 6:30pm, there will be music by Abby Anderson, food, DJ and dancing. You don’t want to miss this event, tickets are $20 at the door. All of the proceeds go to benefit Feed America First.
Visit the Feed America First event page to vote for Marabeth Poole. As we mentioned by casting your vote of just $1, you are providing 10-15 meals to those in need.
Dancing with the Nashville Stars event will take place on November 10 at The Factory in Franklin. Currently, the event is sold out but you can still support the dancers at the Feed America First website.
Feed America First is a non-profit organization that receives food donations from manufacturers, producers, and retailers. After receiving the donations, Feed America First then distributes the food to their 180 partners across Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Currently, Feed America First feeds 30,000 families a month. Learn more about their mission on their website.
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