The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is hosting the first annual Dancing with the Palmetto State Stars competition! Twenty celebrities from around the state have been paired with celebrity dancers, and will be competing Saturday, June 18th, at 7:00 PM at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC. This competition is a fundraiser for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization, hosts of Miss South Carolina, which is an official preliminary to the Miss America competition.


Thomas will be paired with Dabria Aguilar, the reigning Miss South Carolina Teen, who made the Top 11 and won Best Dance at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen! And yes, this is a fundraiser, but the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization is a very worthy cause. It gives more in scholarship funds than any other State organization that’s part of Miss America. (To give you an idea, a recent Miss South Carolina recently graduated from law school with no student debt, mainly due to all of the scholarship funds she won.) You can help Thomas reach his fundraising goal of $5,000 by doing any of the following:


  • Anyone can make donations through the main page at Donations are also accepted through the Central Carolina Community Foundation at If you contribute through the Central Carolina Community Foundation, your gifts will be deductible as charitable contributions on your individual income tax returns, but you’ll have to note “DWTS” and “Thomas Spade” in the donation form to ensure Thomas gets credit toward his fundraising goal, and you’ll have to forward a copy of your receipt to so Thomas can let them know to give him credit for it.
  • Come to the show on Saturday, June 18th at the Township Auditorium! Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at  If you purchase your tickets through Ticketmaster, please forward a copy of your receipt to so Thomas can let them know to give him credit for it. 
  • You can also get preferred seating and other goodies by being a sponsor! There are sponsorship packages still available. You can find out more about available sponsorship packages by contacting Morgan Nichols at
  • One thing that’s not included in the sponsorship link is a new program that, for a minimum of $1,000, you can create your own scholarship. Suppose that you want to support someone who is pursuing something important to you, like a degree in a certain field, or going to a certain school, or promoting a certain cause. Chances are great that there is a candidate competing at Miss South Carolina that’s doing that, you can create a scholarship to benefit them personally, and that will go toward my fundraising goal. For more, contact Morgan Nichols at


Anyway, I would appreciate any help you can give me toward reaching my goal!