GREENCASTLE -- Twelve Putnam County celebrities will take to the dance floor Friday night as part of the annual Dancing with the Putnam County Stars, a fundraiser for the Putnam County Youth Development Commission.
The event will closely resemble the popular ABC television show "Dancing with the Stars." The local stars have been practicing for weeks with professional dance partners.
Here is a closer look at Chuck Schroeder, Teena Bryant, Marty G. Watts and Julina Price, four of the competitors.
Schroeder is the executive director of Putnam County Comprehensive Services. He and his wife Ruth have two daughters, Megan and Brooke. His hobbies include outdoor activities, particularly biking, hunting, golf and kayaking. He also enjoys officiating high school football and basketball and college softball.
He is a board member of Friends of the Park and Friends of the Fire Department and is on the Putnam County Resource Council. Regionally, he is a board member of Wabash Valley Officials Association and the advisory council for Area 7 Aging and Disabled.
Additionally, Schroeder is on the Governor's Planning Council for Transition of Developmentally Disabled, director of Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament, Indiana Deaf Blind Advisory Board and Financial Council for Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.
He said he agreed to participate in Dancing with the Stars because it is a "good cause and great community activity."
Schroeder hopes to learn how to dance and raise money for the PC Youth Development.
Bryant has been the director of human resources at FB Distro for the past 21 years and has been married to her husband Jay for the same number of years. Together they have a 19-year-old son Zach.
She enjoys gardening, traveling and reading in her spare time. She is on the board of directors with the Putnam County Comprehensive Services.
"I thought it would be a fun experience and I love 'DWTS' on TV," Bryant admitted. "I also wanted to support YDC."
She thinks the experience will give her fun and lasting memories and maybe she will learn a dance or two, while supporting a worthy organization.
Watts is the clerk of the Putnam County Circuit Court. She has been married to her husband Max for 36 years. Their son Shaun and daughter-in-law Adrienne are DePauw University graduates.
Her hobbies include golfing, swimming, dancing socially with her husband, reading a good book and being with her new granddaughter Clara, born Jan. 11.
She was an active member of Delta Theta Tau sorority until her return back to the clerk's office in 2007 and is currently a member of the local auxiliary for Moose, American Legion and Elks.
"I tap danced as a child and still dance socially with my husband," Watts said.
"I agreed wanting to give back to the community that has been so good to me," she said about why she agreed to participate in the event. "My love for children and love for dancing made this a win-win situation for me."
Watts added she hopes to gain new friendships, learn structured dance from a professional dancer and help PCYDC raise money.
Price is the treasurer for Cloverdale High School. She is married with three children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family.
She dances just for fun and hopes to support the PCYDC through the event.
"I hope to meet new friends and have a new life experience," she said.