The 9th Annual Dancing with Savannah Stars was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. It was the highest grossing fundraiser yet for Savannah/ Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. With the overwhelming support of event sponsors, donors and attendees, Savannah/ Chatham CASA exceeded its goal of $100,000 to sustain programming needs and resources for abused and neglected children in the child welfare system. The event raised just over $115,000 including pledged sponsorships – and that amount continues to rise with ongoing support.
Congratulations goes to the competition fi- nalists:
Best Male: Corde Wilson, President of Beacon Builders
Best Female: Karen “Red” Daiss, Alpha Media
Top Fundraiser: Corde Wilson, President of Beacon Builders who raised a record breaking amount of $33,620 dollars for Savannah/ Chatham CASA!
The efforts of each of the 2016 Savannah Stars propelled the program beyond its goal:
Sarah McCallar, teacher Savannah/Chatham School System; Maggie Tsavaris, Professor Savannah Law School; Dr. Byron Mainor, Pediatrics at Memorial Hospital; Katina Wheeler, Dismas Charities; Jade Rowland, Advertising Specialty Services; Jacob Youngblood, Colonial Fuel and Lubricant Services, Inc.; and Jan Barrow, Country Day School. Professional dancers who choreographed, rehearsed, and performed included: Adriano Camardese, Jae-
Lynn Fulks, and Lauren Hurley of Savannah Ballroom, Jos’eh Marion of Vivid Rhythms Dance Studio; Mack McKenzie, Independent, William Mastriani, Rachael Moore, and Matthew Watson of Salon de Baile; and Austin Williams of Savannah Salsa.
Event judges Tanya Milton, Robin Greco, and Marcie Crosby delivered encouraging commentary throughout the evening. Host Rabbi Robert Haas of Mickve Israel entertained and charmed the crowd of nearly 500.
Special guest speakers, Hannah Daffron, Miss Preteen Georgia and Jamal Kelly
from Empowerment in Atlanta gave compelling presentations of their personal stories in the system and how they have overcome the odds.
Funds raised from the campaign will be used to support volunteer recruitment and training, enabling them to advocate for 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.