Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Even though the dust has settled for the 2013 Dancing with The ARK’s Stars. The excitement is still in the air.
Our Mirror Ball Sponsors, Judge Mary Blunt and Sam Blunt, said it all “What a wonderful night it was for us and for everyone we talked to! It was just a great mix of people who care about The ARK and people who came out to cheer on those who care about The ARK and to support Alzheimer’s awareness. Our guests had a blast – most were new to the event, so I hope they are excited and come again and spread the word! Everything was so lovely, from the decorations to the dancing to the silent auction to the food and drink. What a success!!! We love that all the donations stay to help our families right here in our communities.”
“We love the camaraderie that the event builds among all who participate and all who attend. What a magical night, to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and to bring a sense of unity for everyone. At the event, I talked to several families who didn’t have Alzheimer’s in their family but they knew someone who did . . . they were just learning about the disease. Education about Alzheimer’s is, I believe, such a key to enhancing the support and to funding research until we figure out what is causing this disease or how to stop it. There must be answers.” For those living day to day with the disease the answer is The ARK. The ARK offers the caregivers a much needed break, support groups, education and private consultations. The care receivers enroll in stimulating fun-filled days of social activities that may be missing in their lives after diagnosis. Beyond the respite is a myriad of services The ARK offers including educational workshops for caregivers in the workplace, development of services for underserved communities through The NOAH Project.
A story to remember: Several couples attended the event who are affected by Alzheimer’s. They had a wonderful night, dancing during the intermissions of the competition and laughing and sharing with friends throughout the night. They were comfortable in attending and had a very memorable night.
Each of the celebrity dancers gave their “all” to the event: from extra lessons, to costumes, to raising a record setting amount of votes and awareness to support the mission of The ARK. Thank you to Mildred Blanton, People’s Choice Award winner; Con Chellis, Judges Award winner; Cammy Groome; Margie Pizarro; Ellen Priest; Jordy Tupper; Bill Summers; and Richard Waring. Carolina Dancesport professional dancers’ choreography is terrific and they are a pleasure to work with. All of you made the evening magical and entertaining – one that no one wanted to end! We will look forward to next year to see who and what is in the works!
The bar for this event was raised again! The volunteers do an outstanding job transforming a gym into a ballroom. Special thanks to Pixie and Mark Melfi. The lighting and DJ services provided by Art Dantzler with Audio Design works diligently to enhance the surroundings with the help of Herm Uyak. Steve Mandell, Head of School at Pinewood Preparatory School, added so much to the evening as Emcee by adlibbing and improvising in his creative way to keep the audience energized and focused on the cause and having fun. The staff at Pinewood, especially Jim Ruggiero and his staff, is wonderful to work with. Professional photographers Jim Lotz and Douglas Carr Cunningham donate hours of their time to cover the action. Summerville Police reservists and cadets provide security and parking assistance. And so many others help, it would be nearly impossible to thank everyone—but we are grateful for each and every person who lends themselves to making this a very special evening!
Special thanks to our two top sponsors, Mirror Ball Sponsors Mary and Sam Blunt and Fox Trot Sponsor Dr. Kelly Wilkes Ford. Please visit our website www.theARKofSC.org to see all our sponsors and volunteers.