‘Dancing for a Cause’ starts July 14
Time to give props to Trina Edwards, wife of former Gov. Edwin Edwards, and 11 other high-profile citizens for stepping up to participate in “Dancing for a Cause,” a friendly dance contest and fundraiser modeled after television’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
The event will be held Saturday, July 14, at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. A VIP reception for all guests begins at 5:30 p.m.; competition begins at 7 p.m.
Donations gathered by or for the dancers benefit Community Opportunities/The ARC of East Ascension.
The twelve dancers, paired with professionals, are:
• Stephen Allain, Cox Communications, dancing with Alyssa Kling;
• Christy Bourgeois, St. Amant Middle School principal, dancing with Peter Wischiesa;
• Michael Buturla, Domian Design, dancing with Johanna Collier;
• Trina Scott Edwards, wife of former governor Edwin Edwards, dancing with Le'Brian Patrick;
• Charlotte Guedry, nStrumental Design, dancing with Leonard Augustus;
• Mack Graves, Monentive, dancing with Courtney Black;
• Heather McClelland, Advocate staff photographer, dancing with Van Vo;
• Tracey Normand, Gonzales Fire chief, dancing with Chris Cangelos;
• Chip Robert, GM at Mike Anderson's, dancing with Claire Broyles ;
• Arthur Scanlan, Eatel Corp., dancing with Ryn Jones and Teresa Whitiker;
• Glenda Shaheen, GSA, dancing with Peter Wischiesa
• Kelly Swarm, Caldwell Banker One, dancing with Jacob Martin.
Event organizer Sharon Morris said they hope to raise $100,000 from the show.
“It’s going to a very good cause - individuals with disablities,” she said. “This year we are trying to build a classroom. Everybody in the parish has been so supportive, but we need more sponsorships.”
She said former “Dancing for a Cause” dancer and attorney Matthew Pryor and radio personality JoJo Newsom will emcee; and, Parish President Tommy Martinez is the event’s honorary chairman.
General admission tickets for the semiformal event are $25 per person, including dinner, music, entertainment and a cash bar. Sponsorships start at $1,000 for a table.
For tickets or more information, call Morris at (225) 955-4683, or the ARC at (225) 621-2000.