Bennett, Longest ready to dance

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Provided Tauna Longest and John Michael Tabakian will go to any height to win Dancing with The ARK’s Stars on March 8.

Sean Bennett and Tauna Longest are competing to win the 2014 Dancing with The ARK’s Stars.

Tauna Longest is an Alzheimer’s advocate, in addition to working for AllCare Living Services and teaching Dementia Dialogues. She was named the 2013 Member of the Year for the S.C. Aging in Place Coalition, and is currently president of the Lowcountry Senior Network. She is married to Don Longest, and is mother to Alex and Tara, and grandmother of two.

The one-time disco queen plans to strut her stuff in memory of her stepfather and others who have died with Alzheimer’s. She is dancing with professional partner John Michael Tabakian.

S.C. Sen. Sean Bennett (District 38) is the husband of Tina, and father to Haile and Hayden Grace. He is the president/CEO of Asset Integration Consultants and is a Certified Financial Planner.

When asked about his previous dance experience, Bennett asked, “Does the Hokey Pokey count?”

Summerville is not his hometown but it is his favorite town. He is dancing in memory of his great-aunt. His professional dance partner is Teresa Rogers.

In its fourth year, The ARK’s premier fundraising event, Dancing with The ARK’s Stars, Bennett and Longest are two of seven local celebrities who will try to raise the most money and be judged the best dancer. Dorchester County Probate Judge Mary Blunt is the event’s Mirror Ball Sponsor for the third consecutive year.

The event is Sat., March 8 at 7 p.m. at Eidson Gym at Pinewood Preparatory School, 1114 Orangeburg Road in Summerville. Eight local celebrities and their professional dance partners from Carolina Dancesport will compete by dancing to win one of two titles. The couple receiving the most votes by dollars wins People’s Choice trophy. The couple receiving the highest judges’ votes will win Judges’ Choice trophy.

Votes are $10 each, and can be cast through http://TheARKofSC.org or by cash or check at The ARK. General admission tickets for the event are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door.

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available online, at the ARK and at the door.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.TheARKofSC.org through March 7.

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