Friday, April 12, 2013

Former Major League Cecil Fielder among those competing in the Third Annual Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge Aug. 17

Media release: A variety of familiar faces will take the stage in the 3rd Annual Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. Presented by West Rome Animal Clinic, all proceeds raised by this event will benefit the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia.


"We hope you will join us for a great evening of entertainment," said Kim Davis, executive director of the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia. "Our dancers and instructors are working very hard to make this year's competition the best one yet. Words cannot express how much we appreciate their commitment and dedication."

Modeled after the popular reality TV show "Dancing With the Stars," this event will feature performances by 10 celebrity couples, with styles ranging from hip hop to Latin and much more:


·  Craig Bing of Floyd HomeCare dancing with Katy Kerce of Baird Ballet

·  Former NFL player Greg Cater of LIFE Church dancing with Amie Sabourin of The Dance Centre

·  Amanda Corbin of Allstate dancing with Lamar Clark of Hair Fifth Avenue

·  Det. Joe Costolnick of the Rome City Police Department dancing with Katie Kiser of Baird Ballet

·  Cecil Fielder, former Major League Baseball player, dancing with Caryn Dodd of the Rome-Floyd YMCA

·  Ali Freeman of Greater Rome Bank dancing with Jason Stockton of LIFE Church

·  Dr. Buford Harbin of Heyman Hospice dancing with Kathy Baird of Baird Ballet

·  Mark Harrison of Floyd Medical Center dancing with local Zumba instructor Yensen Lambert of Darlington School

·  Assistant City Manager Sammy Rich dancing with Danielle White of Baird Ballet

·  Tricia Steele of SAI Digital dancing with Kit Durant, Berry College alumnus

After performing, each couple will be critiqued by event judges Joey Parrott, past president of Dalton Little Theatre's Board of Directors and organizer of the Miss Dalton Scholarship Pageant; Andre Prospere, executive director of the Miss Fulton County Scholarship Pageant and certified judge in the Miss America system; former radio personality Robert Smythe of Coosa Valley Credit Union; and former Rockette Kay Ann Wetherington, a Floyd County assistant district attorney.


Couples will compete for the Judges' Choice Award and the People's Choice Award, which will be determined by the audience. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, in the form of funds donated, in between each performance. You can also support your favorite celebrity couple by voting online at; online votes are $1 each with a minimum of five at a time.


The emcees of the event are Matt Davis of 95.7 The Ridge FM and WLAQ AM 1410 and his wife, Tonya Davis, of BDD Consulting. This year's show will also include special performances by ensembles from Baird Ballet and The Dance Centre.


"The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia provides critical services to five counties in our region," said Tannika Wester, president of the Board of Directors. "Unfortunately, like many other non-profit groups, our budget has been cut continuously over the past several years. We ask for your support so that we can continue to serve survivors of this terrible crime. By simply attending this event, you are making a contribution to a very worthwhile cause and helping us raise awareness in our community. Plus, I guarantee that you will love the show!"


The Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge raised nearly $68,000 for the Sexual Assault Center in 2012 and $44,000 in 2011.


Tickets are now available for purchase at and will be available at the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia beginning May 1. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Prices are $25 for general admission tickets and $50 for Patron tickets. Patron tickets include preferred seating at the show as well as a private cocktail buffet and beverages served at 7 Hills Fellowship, 530 Broad Street, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. To keep up with the latest information, find Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge on Facebook.


This event is brought to you by West Rome Animal Clinic; 95.7 The Ridge FM and WLAQ AM 1410; Darlington School; LIFE Church; 7 Hills Fellowship; ActionPhotosPlus; Bella Faccia Photography; the Law Office of Steven V. Bennett; Coosa Valley Credit Union; Coffey Productions; cosmetologists Deanna Husley and Jena Owens; Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers; Garner & Glover Co.; Greene's Jewelers; Carol P. Edwards, DDS; LaScala Ristorante Italiano & Bar; The Perfect Dress of Rome; Professional Screening & Information; Redmond Regional Medical Center; RDavid Video Productions; State Mutual Insurance Co.; and V3 Publications.


If you are interested in sponsoring the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge or for more information, please call the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia at 706-292-9024.

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