Steppin’ Out show gives back in variety of ways

ABERDEEN – Tenn-Tom Moving Youth, Inc.’s Steppin’ Out 2013 Saturday promises not only high energy entertainment, but the beginning of a new annual event.
“To describe a step show, I’d say it’s upbeat hip hop dance routines at a very, very high pace. I can promise it’s going to be entertaining,” said Bradley Burroughs, president of the TTMY board of directors.
Steppin’ Out 2013 is the biggest fund-raiser yet for the nonprofit aimed at improving young people’s lives through a host of programs like a certified nurse academy, art classes and summer education programs.
“We started last year with $5,000 from the McFarlane Fund, the CREATE Foundation and private donations from people and we’ve been able to sustain ourselves from there. We’ve had a great cooperation from the county and the supervisors. They’ve really stepped up to be here when we needed them,” said Ann Tackett, director of TTMY.

RAY VAN DUSEN/MONROE JOURNALSTEPPIN' OUT – From left, Tenn-Tom Moving Youth, Inc.'s Bradley Burroughs, Hilda Garth and Ann Tackett hold materials marketing Saturday's Steppin' Out 2013 fund-raiser, which will feature step teams from four universities and local high schools.

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STEPPIN’ OUT – From left, Tenn-Tom Moving Youth, Inc.’s Bradley Burroughs, Hilda Garth and Ann Tackett hold materials marketing Saturday’s Steppin’ Out 2013 fund-raiser, which will feature step teams from four universities and local high schools.

Alongside Hilda Garth, Tackett has helped enrich lives in Monroe County through training skills, educational assistance programs and cultural aspects.
This weekend’s step show will help continue that success rate. The event will feature step teams from fraternities and sororities from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Mississippi Valley State and Delta State, in addition to some from surrounding high schools.
Each team has a maximum of 15 minutes to show its skills and step shows have strict rules about no vulgar music. Tenn-Tom Moving Youth’s Smart Kids, a group of its younger participants, will do a short dance to the popular song, “Wobble Baby.”
“Not only will this help raise funds for the organization, it will also be an eye opener for some of the kids who don’t have an idea of college life and hopefully entice some of them to really push for a college education,” Tackett said.
Tackett stated this weekend’s step show will be the first of many more to come. For future events, she hopes visiting colleges will provide marketing and recruitment material for prospective students.
The benefit will also help benefit the Aberdeen School District as TTMY will give $1,000 of proceeds from concessions and ticket sales back to its fund to be used where needed.
“Mr. Strebeck and Mr. Radcliff have been very cooperative and we think it’s time the community gets behind the district and starts to ask what we can do to give back. It’s time to rekindle those memories we all shared in the school system and help,” Tackett said.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Aberdeen High School’s Roy E. Hazzle Gymnasium Saturday. Advanced tickets are available for $10 at Buddy’s Texaco and Town Barber Shop in Aberdeen; Earnest B’s Barbecue in Amory; Downtown Floral & Gifts in Fulton; Sumeka Thomas Law Office in Okolona; WCBI from Shawn Hannah in Columbus; and Creative Barber & Cosmetology University in West Point. Tickets at the door are $12.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.