Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson is participating in the Dancing with the Robeson County Stars competition to be held March 24 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center.
Patterson is married to Naoni Patterson, and is the father of two children. The Pattersons have one grandchild.
His partner in the competition is Kelly Floyd, daughter of Terry and Donna Floyd. She is a recent graduate of East Carolina University and works for her family business, Floyd Mortuary and Crematory.
The United Way event asks community members to support their favorite couple by voting with a $10 donation. Mayor John McNeill is collecting the donations in support of Patterson and Floyd.
The pair will be dancing to “Bad Boys” and “Footloose.”
Proceeds raised through ticket sales and donations will be used to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the county.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which was established in 1996 by country singer Dolly Parton, provides a free book monthly to children 5 and under.
“I have enjoyed the practice and trying to raise money for the library,” said Patterson. “I think if parents apply this, it could tremendously help the kids of this community with their reading.”
For information, or to vote, visit www.unitedwayrobeson.org.
For those who want a sneak peek of the action, tickets for the rehearsal, which will be held at 6 p.m. on March 23, are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. and no cell phones or recording devices are allowed.
“I’m really excited about all of us coming together for a good cause,” said Patterson.
Tickets are available at the United Way office, 202 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton.