Vote for your favorite “star” now to raise money for local Alzheimer’s programs and research
Once again, local community leaders are lacing up their dancing shoes and donning sequins for a night that is sure to entertain, delight, and raise awareness about one of the fastest growing diseases in the world: Alzheimer’s.
While last year’s event raised over $232,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association – Georgia Chapter, organizers are hoping to break that record this year, with donations already pouring in.
Event chair Jessica Schroyer, director of marketing at Savannah Commons, says that this night is such a great opportunity to get the word out.
“As this year’s chair, I am honored to be a part of this incredible organization to help raise funds for a much-needed cause,” she says. “I, along with several of our star dancers, understand the devastation of this disease. So this event is not only of great importance to the 130,000 Georgians suffering from and caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease, but also to me personally and to our cast.”
The May 6, one-night event, titled “Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia,” borrows the format from the hit ABC television program “Dancing with the Stars,” featuring community leaders and professional dancers paired up as teams, that not only learn and perform an intricate dance routine, but also raise funds for those affected by Alzheimer’s in the process.
Allison Carroll Adams, executive director of Summer Breeze Senior Living, and one of this year’s stars, says that the disease has affected her personally.
“In my position, I see first-hand what Alzheimer’s Disease does to a person and how it affects not only the person with the disease but their loved ones as well. Families come to us when they are exhausted, afraid and lonely, and can no longer assume the responsibilities of caring for their loved one.”
She says that those emotional times and a personal connection are what made her want to do something special and unique to shed a light on the disease turn the public’s attention to joining in the fight. She adds that, while she’s always worked to help raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, this was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness on a much larger scale.
“It’s sad,” she says. “It’s sad for us and it’s sad for everyone involved. I think of the mother who no longer recognizes her children or the couple that has been married for years and now has to live apart. Every day, I experience another sad situation with Alzheimer’s. Not only do I experience this on a daily basis with my work, but my own grandmother, Marjorie Lorena Lee Carroll, was diagnosed in 2012.”
While the subject of Alzheimer’s is dire and serious, this event gives the opportunity for the public to enjoy a night of fun entertainment while, hopefully, giving more insight to how much more is needed to combat this disease that affects an American every 67 seconds.
Votes for stars are already being cast online at dancingstarsofcoastalgeorgia.com, and donations are being accepted now. If you have a cast favorite, hurry to the site to give them your support!
The 2016 cast (click each name to find out more information about their personal stories and pro partners):
Allison Adams, Executive director, Summer Breeze Senior Living
Michael Calarruda, Owner, Savannah Aviation
Jodi Clark, Marketing manager, Belfor Property Restoration
Jules DeJesus Fritz, Celebrity makeup artist
Christopher Frohn, Private banker, Wells Fargo
Kim Hunsinger, Account executive, COMDOC
Eric Kennedy, Owner, Host South
Susie MacMillan, MacAljon Family of Companies
Karen Robertson, Director of client development and public relations, Robertson & Markowitz Advertising & Public Relations, Inc.
Todd Taylor, Flight operations, Gulfstream Aerospace
Dr. John Schoettle, Veternarian, Innovative Veternary Medicine
Dave Snyder, Owner/executive chef, Halyard Restaurant Group, St. Simons Island
Dr. Shannon Stewart, Neurologist, St. Joseph's Candler Health System
Kim Gusby, Morning anchor, WSAV-TV
Ben Williamson, Multimedia journalist, WTOC-TV
Kenya Cabine, Radio personality, E93
Meg Heap, Chatham County District Attorney
Buddy Claborn, Founder and CEO, Healthpac
Roger Moss, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Savannah Children's Choir
Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures:
Currently 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than prostate and breast cancer combined. The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter serves more than 130,000 Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. With seven offices statewide, the Georgia Chapter provides vital education, support and services in all of Georgia’s 159 counties.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org® or call 800-272-3900.
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