10th Annual Dancing Stars of Columbus Raises Over $330,000 for Alzheimer's Association

Staff Report From Columbus CEO

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

On Friday, April 20, philanthropic Columbus residents raise over $330,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter at Dancing Stars of Columbus. The event took place at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center and mirrored the popular TV show, pairing local Columbus residents with professional dancers to raise money by gaining votes in a one-night gala dance competition.

Star dancer Sarah Beth Amos with pro Christopher De’Angelo took home the People’s Choice Award for raising the most money, totaling over $60,000. All in all, the 13 Georgia-based celebrities collectively raise over $330,000. The 2018 Judges’ Choice Award was a tie between Star dancer Norman Howard and Pro dance partner, Traci Gary, and Star dancer Sarah Beth Amos and Pro Christopher De’Angelo. Both couples earned a perfect score of 30.

“I've attended this event many times to cheer on various family members who participated because this is a cause so close to our hearts as we have been personally affected by it”, added Sara Beth Amos, Judge and People’s Choice winner, Dancing Stars of Columbus. “I am so humbled that I was asked to be a part of if to make a difference in our community and to kick off my generation's participation in this event.”

2018 Dancing Stars of Columbus included Sarah Beth Amos, Ryan Brooker, Ashley Clayton, Sara Dismuke, Jack Hayes, Norman Howard, Kate McGrory, Dr. Woodrow McWilliams, Larae Dixon Moore, Patty Branch Robinson, Cameron Saunders, Carolyn Shuler and Darryl Wright.

The event was hosted by Amy Adams, Beatycounter Director and Community Volunteer and Dr. Jonathan Liss, Board Certified Neurologist and Founder of Columbus Memory Center.

Lead Celebrity judge was Roddy Hunter, Senior Consultant, Global Procurement at TSYS. Presenting sponsors included The Columbus Memory Center and W.L. Amos, Sr. Foundation.

“We are delighted with the success of the Dancing Stars of Columbus event and want to thank each person who helped us reach and cede our goal”, added Kay Saunders, co-chair, Dancing Stars of Columbus. “In these challenging economic times it is gratifying to witness this community’s generosity in support of such an important and vital need”.