Dancing with the Stars Charity Event to Raise Money for Day Care

By: Sarah Sager Email
By: Sarah Sager Email

Dancing with the Stars has become one of America's favorite competitions.

So, as hard times fell upon a local day care, Harrisonburg's stars decided they'd dance to help.

Executive Director of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Child Day Care Center Delores Jameson knows this fundraiser couldn't come at a better time.

Jameson says, "We've been hit because right now you have lower income families coming in that need child care, which of course does not generate as much revenue for us."

Now, six local stars will be paired with a dance instructor to help kids whose parents aren't able to pay for their care.

Jameson says, "Tuition is based upon the parents weekly gross income. So, we offer a sliding fee scale and United Way helps offset the costs for the parents that don't pay at the top end of the scale."

While cast members will be unveiled Monday, community members can also begin to get involved.

WHSV TV3 General Manager Tracey Jones says, "People can vote with their money via text alerts and via WHSV.com throughout the process, which is somewhat of a popularity contest, but remembering that it is also a fully deductible contribution."

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Children's Day Care hopes to raise $50,000 from the Dancing with the Stars event.

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