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Dancing With Our Stars

GSSI held its 9th Annual Dancing With Our Stars on August 5, 2017 at the Mt. Vernon Hotel & Event Center.   See photos  Watch videos

Mt. Vernon High School Drama Club sponsored by SSM Good Samaritan Hospital, took home the Mirror Ball Trophy for first place and The Desi Boyz with Dr. Srinet and Dr. Sirikonda won the Judges' Choice Award. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported this year's Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser.  Your support will help us continue to provide financial assistance to underserved girls, maintain and improve GSSI camps, and actively develop Girl Scout leadership programs for 12,400 girls while engaging 5,000 adult volunteers in 40 1/2 counties in Southern Illinois. 

Co-hosts for the event were Brandon Bullard, the new Director of Business Development with Community First Bank, and Rachel Hunsell, who works with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and also actively volunteers around the community.  Choreography services are provided by Shannon Owens of Centre Stage Studios.  Celebrity judges included Finny Mathew of Crossroads Community Hospital; Mary Beth Mezo with Smokin’ T’s Competition BBQ as well as community members Jay Tate and Gary Hamerski.

Teams competed to win DWOS’ Mirror Ball Trophy by earning the top spot in a two part scoring system. The judges’ scores provided the first element to the dancers’ scores. The second element added a dash of audience participation and even more excitement, as dancers accrued points with donations from their supporters and attendees at the event.

A HUGE thank you to our DWOS sponsors:

Dance Floor Sponsor: Dr. Jeff Larson, Urologist
Trophy Sponsor: Journey Weight Loss
Vote Tabulation Sponsor: Community First Bank of the Heartland
Cocktail Hour Sponsor: Diane Siemer
Live Auction Sponsor: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Table Sponsors: Litton Ambulance Service, SSM Health Medical Group, L Woods & Company, and Peoples National Bank; Mini Table Sponsors: SSM Health PT, OT, Speech Therapy, Legence Bank, and Dr. Prateek Srinet

Special Giving Sponsors: Rend Lake College, Provision Eyecare, Orthopaedic Center of Southern Illinois, Tony Wielt, State Farm Insurance, Advanced Urologic Surgeons, The Korte Company, Angie Zahn, Strano and Associates. Other DWOS Supporters include: United Way of South Central Illinois, Mount Vernon Hotel and Event Center, Midwest Sound and Light Shows, and Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. 

Meet the Dancers!

The Hocketts - Watch Video
Sponsored by Higgins Custom & Collision

Centre Stage Sparklers - Watch Video
Sponsored by Centre Stage Studios

Drama Mammas - Watch Video
(Salem Community Theater)
Sponsored by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital

Mt. Vernon Township High School Drama Club - Watch Video
Sponsored by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital

Desi Boyz - Watch Video
(Drs. Srinet and Sirikonda)

Lesa Woods - Watch Video
Sponsored by Olympic Freightliners, Inc.

Hot Mess - Watch Video 
(Shannon Owens and Tricia Higgins)
Sponsored by Ed Lewis Trucking

Classique Roc - Watch Video
(Lexi Scrivner, Lauren Mathus, Emma Maxey, and Katie Reich)
Sponsored by SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital



  • Dance Floor Sponsor

  • Trophy Sponsor

  • Auction Sponsor

  • Cocktail Hour Sponsor

  • Vote Tabulation Sponsor