Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers and is sure to delight. Festivities include a silent auction, an open bar with a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by New Orleans’s own Soul Heirs, and dinner presented by Harrah’s Casino. All proceeds from the gala will support Young Audiences’ afterschool and summer arts education programs.
To vote or purchase tickets for the event please visit www.dancingfortheartsnola.com.
This year’s event is co-chaired by philanthropist Heidi Dugan and WWL-TV’s Tamica Lee with Attorney and Community Activist Anita Demps as Silent Auction Chair. Star dancers include: Mark El-Amm, Attorney, Stringfield & Associates; Holley Haag, Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender, First NBC Bank; Russ Herman, Senior Partner in the firm of Herman Herman & Katz LLP ; Tonya Johnson, Attorney, Johnson Law; Dr. Tami Singleton, Philanthropist and Oncologist; Dr. David Silvers, Founder and Head Physician, Metairie Gastroenterology and Joan Zaslow, Attorney and Community Activist.
TV personality Camille Whitworth returns as Mistress of Ceremony, along with a panel of celebrity judges that includes: Charles Divins, WDSU-TV Morning Anchor; Ivy Kushner, Philanthropist and Community Activist; Dennis Lomonaco, CEO of Story Block Media, Executive Director of What You Give Will; and Kenny Lopez, WGNO-TV Reporter.
Event sponsors include Harrah’s Casino, Whitney Bank, Entergy, Louisiana Lottery, First NBC Bank, Uptown Messenger, Mid-City Messenger, and The New Orleans Advocate.
Young Audience of Louisiana will promote the event on Facebook (@YoungAudiences) and Twitter (@YA4LA) using the official event hashtag #DFTA7.
About Young Audiences of Louisiana
Last year over 200 teaching artists, educators, athletic and recreation specialists, and technology instructors were paid nearly $2 million to work directly with students from pre-school through high school, accounting for 70% of YALA’s total budget. To learn more about our mission of inspiring, empowering, and uniting children and communities through education, arts, and culture, please visit our website at www.ya4la.org.