Dancing for a Cause

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:

  • State Fire Marshall Butch Browning
  • Attorney Ryan Chenevert
  • Sally Diez, with Postlethwaite and Netterville
  • Kyle Hanna, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Gwen Price, Ascension Parish School Board
  • Toni Schexnayder, Black 7 Salon owner
  • Marian Walsworth, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Dr. Dawn Zitman, St. Elizabeth’s Physicians dancing the Pasa Doble

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.