Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2017

Top of the Morning, Nov. 18, 2017

Our On The Town feature has become so popular, we've added an online option.

Today at news-gazette.com, you'll find a photo gallery from this month's Dancing With The C-U Stars, the wildly popular Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club fundraiser.

Introduced six years ago, the fast-paced gala has raised a whopping $1.2 million, including $280,000 this year that will help with after-school and summer day camp programs.

"It's vital to our fundraising," said club CEO SAM BANKS.

Each year, 10 community movers-and-shakers are paired with pro dance instructors for intense training and one night of competition. This year's winner: St. Thomas More and Michigan State grad Danielle Bender, a 31-year-old mother of two from Champaign.

Banks said Bender and partner Taylor Mitchell brought the crowd "to their feet with an energetic, fun, contemporary performance."

To inquire about appearing in On The Town — print or online — email onthetown@news-gazette.com.

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