Dancing for a Cause

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ami Clouatre-Johnson performs a tango with her partner Guillermo Gonzales during Community Opportunities - The Arc of  East Ascension's second annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser in 2010. Clouatre-Johnson is dancing at the fifth annual event Saturday.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Ami Clouatre-Johnson performs a tango with her partner Guillermo Gonzales during Community Opportunities - The Arc of East Ascension's second annual Dancing for a Cause fundraiser in 2010. Clouatre-Johnson is dancing at the fifth annual event Saturday.

Lineup adds eight new local celebrities for fundraiser

Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s Dancing for a Cause, a fundraiser for Community Opportunities — The Arc of East Ascension.

After a few lineup changes, organizers say they are prepared for the fifth annual event, which is patterned after the popular television show Dancing With The Stars.

Twelve local celebrities will put on their dancing shoes for the show, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Former competitors Ami Clouatre-Johnson, Mark Dearman, Charlotte Guedry and Matt Pryor will hit the stage again this year, joining eight new dancers.

Dancing in this year’s competition will be:

Emcees for the night will be Donald Songy and Latangela Sherman. District Attorney Ricky Babin is serving as honorary chairman.

Judges are Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez, Eatel Corp.’s Jenny Heroman, Czarina Walker, Brittany Weiss and The Advocate’s Smiley Anders. Technical judge will be Jody Bruno with Dance Difference.

Tickets are $30 and are available from the COEA office, 1122 S.E. Ascension Complex Blvd., and LeBlanc’s Food Store at 209 S. U.S. 61, Gonzales, and 40017 La. 42, Prairieville.

Residents can vote for their favorite dancers with a $1 donation to the online voting site dancingforacause.com.

For more information, call (225) 621-2000.