Alabama Council of the Blind
March 2, 2016
The Alabama Council of the Blind is dancing its way into the future of technology and scholarships for blind and vision impaired students across the state. And state and local celebrities and talent are joining the lineup for the first entertaining fundraiser – “Dancing with Dega Stars” – to be held on Saturday, April 2 at 6:30 in McFarlane Auditorium in Talladega on the campus of AIDB’s Alabama School for the Deaf.
A “star-studded” group of dancers will compete in the event including –
- Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) President Dr. John Mascia and his wife, Dr. Nancy Mascia, Audiologist with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS);
- Talladega City Manager Patrick Bryant and Lacy Dollar;
- Daily Home Editor Anthony Cook and Dr. Mimi Free, Medical Director of Pinnacle Research Group in Anniston;
- Alabama Power Distribution Engineer Constance Roberts and Talladega Dentist Dr. Zach Dollar;
- Director of Alabama Industrial Development Training Ed Castille and Dana Barber, State Coordinator of Blind Services for ADRS of Montgomery;
- Martha Waites, Academic Director at AIDB’s School for the Blind and Dancer T.J. Woods;
- ADRS Assistant Commissioner for Deaf and Blind Services Curtis Glisson of Montgomery and Dancer Kimberly Meyers of Pell City;
- AIDB Special Education Coordinator Dennis Gilliam and Dancer Danielle Chasse, a veterinary assistant;
- Talladega’s Jackie Edmonson and Chock Johnson;
Masters of Ceremony for the event will be Broadcast Talent Ken Osbourn and Chip Moore of Talladega’s First Bank of Alabama. Grant Lynch, President of Talladega Superspeedway, will be on the panel of judges.
Exhibition dances will be performed by Cat Umano of Atlanta, Georgia and Allen Harris of Auburn. Cat is a ballroom dance instructor and has been dancing since the age of three. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Allen Harris is President of Bailey Harris Construction and currently serves on the AIDB Foundation Board of Directors.
Other exhibition dances will include Lynn Sims’ Little House Dance Studio, Premiere Ballroom and performances by blind and visually impaired students Malia Thibado and Jacquez Wright.
Choreographer for Dancing with Dega Stars is Sabrina Baeza, owner of Premiere Ballroom in Anniston and Jacksonville.
Online voting is already open for the dancers at www.ALACB.org. Tickets may be purchased online or at Griffins Jewelers or First Bank of Alabama in Talladega. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission or $50 for a VIP ticket which includes an after-event party at the AIDB President’s Home. Sponsorship information is also available on line at www.ALACB.org or by contacting Alabama Council of the Blind President Joan Garrett at 256-375-5667.