Barbara Gibbs, Don Schwenneker of ABC11 Eyewitness News Take to the Floor for Dancing Like the Stars

Local Anchor and Meteorologist to Compete in Dance Competition for National Inclusion Project

Raleigh, NC, April 09, 2011 --( ABC11 Eyewitness News ( has announced that morning news anchor Barbara Gibbs and meteorologist Don Schwenneker will participate in the National Inclusion Project’s “Dancing Like The Stars” at the Southern Women’s Show on Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The competition pairs local celebrities with dance professionals from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Raleigh, where they will perform in front of the audience. The National Inclusion Project is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bridge the gap between children with disabilities and the world around them. To learn more about the National Inclusion Project’s “Dancing Like The Stars” program and how to vote for each celebrity and donate, visit

“Both Barbara and Don are honored to be able to participate in ‘Dancing Like The Stars,’” said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11. “The dance competition provides a fun and exciting way to support the National Inclusion Project and its mission to foster a culture of inclusion for children with disabilities within our community.”

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Barbara Gibbs’ practice video with dance partner Arthur Soroker

Don Schwenneker’s practice video with dance partner Stephanie Ferrell

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