Retired military personnel, a construction company executive, retired school district coordinator, and a community volunteer are among the local personalities trading their day jobs for dancing shoes to raise money for The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, in Summerville.
The eighth annual Dancing with the ARK’s Stars pairs local celebrities with professional dancers in a competition that has become a widely attended annual event. This year’s dance-off is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at Eidson Gym at Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Road in Summerville.
The 2018 celebrity dancers are:
Kelsi Childress, external affairs coordinator, South Carolina Ports Authority
Elizabeth Donehue, community volunteer
Ed Fedol, retired, Charleston Naval Shipyard and S.C. National Guard
Tanner Garrett, vice president, Paragon Sitework Constructors Inc.
Harriet Halmon, retired, U.S. Army
Janice Jolly, retired, Dorchester School District Two
Nick McBee, director of sales and marketing, The Crossings at Wescott Plantation
Scott Runyon, manager of gas operations, SCE&G
Each dancer is paired with a professional dance partner from Ballroom Dance Charleston, SC (USA Dance Chapter 602).The dancing duos will perform at the event for a chance to win one of two titles: the Judge’s Award or the People’s Choice Award voted on by the audience.
Similar to the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” four couples will dance in each round, with the two couples receiving the most judges’ votes competing in a “dance off” to win the jusdges award. The couple receiving the most votes by dollars wins the Mirror Ball trophy. Votes are $10 each, and can be cast in advance at TheARKofSC.org or at the event.
“This event is integral to our fundraising success and allows us to help even more families as they care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. "The coveted mirror ball trophy goes to the winning duo, though the top prize is knowing that all the funds from the event go to providing hope and relief to local families living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.”
Proceeds from this premier fundraiser support the many programs of The ARK as it provides essential services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Serving five counties, The ARK offers respite care, support groups, caregiver consultation, caregiver education workshops, resource referrals, law enforcement and first responders training, community learning programs, and rural services development.
Tickets are $60 in advance and $65 at the door. The evening includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and a silent auction. Purchase tickets online at TheARKofSC.org or call 843-832-2357 for information.
The 2017 Dancing with The ARK’s Stars raised more than $80,000. Nearly 450 people came out to watch local celebrities pair with professional dancers for an evening of dancing, dining, and a silent auction.
ABOUT THE ARK, ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Based in Summerville, The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information, call 832-2357 or visit thearkofsc.org.