The event is held each year in memory of one of TBDC’s early members, Paul Bland. Paul was a passionate ballroom dancer who gave his time and energy to Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club. He devoted himself to sharing the love of dance.
He died immediately following his first performance, danced with his teacher Stephanie Betts. In 2006, TBDC established the Paul Bland Memorial Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support enthusiastic dancers who want to further their ballroom dancing but find classes, workshops, and dance camps cost restrictive. Since it was established, more than $9,000 has been donated to support members, first to attend TBDC “boot camps” and more recently All Star Dance Camp.