Thursday, November 14, 2013 concluded a twelve-week fundraising period for eight of Savannah‘s Stars during the 6th Annual Dancing with Savannah Stars. Through an overwhelming support of event sponsors, donors and attendees, Savannah/Chatham CASA exceeded its goal of $80,000 raised to sustain programming needs and resources for abused and neglected children in the child welfare system.
Congratulations to the winners of the evening, Best Male Dancer, Kevin Cartee of Cartee Image Consultants; Best Female Dancer, Dr. Claudia Gaughf of Chatham Skin and Cancer Center; Top Fundraiser of over $15,000 raised, Dr. Claudia Gaughf. We applaud the efforts of each of our 2013 Savannah Stars, to include: Dr. Michael Bossak of The Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health; Stephanie Burgess, Esquire of the Burgess Law Group, LLC; Vernon Donovan of State Farm Insurance; Lynda Figueredo of WTOC; Terry Lemmons of Willis Insurance Services; and Monique Palmaccio of McDonald‘s/Palmaccio Management Group.
Endless gratitude to our local area professional ballroom studios for lending their time, dancers, practice space, and talents to make our Savannah Stars shine! Participating ballrooms this year included: Salon de Baile, Essi’s Ballroom Dance Studio, Synergistic Bodies, and Savannah Ballroom. Many cheers to our judges for the evening: Magic Marc, Amber Reich, and Robert Baugniet. Also, a very special thanks to our host Sonny Dixon.
Funds raised from the 12-week campaign will be used to support volunteer recruitment, management and advocacy of children in the child welfare system. As community partners in the child welfare system, CASA volunteers increase abused and neglected children’s access to services, promote safety, and advocate for timeliness and permanency for children involved in juvenile court proceedings. CASA volunteers are independent advocates and provide individualized attention for children in a massive state system. Thanks again to all of the wonderful people who dedicated their time and efforts in order to make the event successful to benefit the children of CASA!