The ARK Third Annual “Dancing With The ARK's Stars” March 9

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013

The 2013 Dancing With The ARK's Stars dancers, from left (back row) Teresa Rogers,Monica Emerine, and Lorna Parkinson; (middle row) Olga Bagayeva, Con Chellis, Margie Pizarro, Camilla Groome, Bill Summers, Ellen Priest, Jordy Tupper, and Mildred Blanton; (front row) Chris McCandlish and Josh Ortiz. Not pictured, Richard Waring IV. Dancing With The ARK's Stars raises vital funds to support The ARK, Alzheimer's Family Support Services. For more information, visit www.TheARKofSC.org or call 832-2357. The event is March 9, 2013, 7pm, at Pinewood Prep in Summerville. PROVIDED

  Summerville, South Carolina (January 10, 2013) – – The ARK’s premier fundraising event, Dancing With The ARK’s Stars, enters its third year with a sparkling cast of celebrity dancers and some exciting changes that will raise the stakes and make the evening even more entertaining.
 The public is invited to enjoy the elegant and fun 2013 Dancing With The ARK’s Stars on Saturday, March 9 at 7pm at Eidson Gym at Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Road, Summerville. Eight local celebrities will compete by dancing with professional dance instructors from Carolina Dancesport Dance Studio. The audience will vote for their favorite dancing couple just like the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars.” Four couples will dance in each round, with the two couples receiving the most votes competing in a “dance off” to win the mirror-ball trophy.
Proceeds will help to provide essential services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.  The ARK serves 5 counties throughout the Lowcountry.  The ARK provides hope and relief to families living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia through non-sectarian programs and support services such as Respite Care, Support Groups, Caregiver Consultation, Education, Resource Referrals, Corporate Caregiver Program, Speakers Bureau and Rural Services Development.
 Votes are $10 each, and can be cast on the website www.DancingWithTheArkStars.org beginning February 1.  The celebrity dancers for 2013 are:
Celebrity Dancers
Mildred Blanton, retired real estate professional
Converse A. Chellis IV, owner, Allstate insurance agency
Camilla Groome, principal, Newington Elementary School
Margie A. Pizarro, attorney, Pizarro Law Firm
Ellen Priest, publisher, Summerville Communications
William P. Summers, Director and Vice President, Vision Financial Group, Inc.
George (Jordy) Tupper III, owner, G Tupper 3 Construction
Richard V. Waring IV, chief, Summerville Fire Department
Celebrity Judges
Elizabeth Murray Hight, attorney, 2012 Judge’s Choice Winner
Dr. Robert Randall, DMD, 2012 People’s Choice Winner
Master of Ceremonies
General admission tickets for the event are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets will be on sale February 1. Tickets will be available online, at the door and by calling the ARK.  Advance Tickets can be purchased online at www.DancingWithTheArkStars.org.  The ticket price includes the heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, a silent auction, and ballroom dance demonstrations by Carolina Dancesport Dance Studios.
 Sponsorship opportunities are available and some include complimentary admission to the event and other special promotional benefits. For more information on Dancing With The ARK's Stars, please contact The ARK or visit the website.
The ARK is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the Tri-County area, Colleton and Orangeburg Counties and beyond.  An outreach ministry of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, The ARK provided 6,600 hours of respite and hosted over 200 individuals in support groups in 2012.  75% of ARK participants attend on scholarships. Currently, in South Carolina, approximately 80,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease; however, experts predict dementia cases will climb to 125,000 by 2025.  Providing support to The ARK will help keep this vital mission operating to help meet those needs.

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