Local South Georgia Celebrities Dance to End Alzheimer’s

| April 15, 2016


TIFTON, Ga. – After 10 weeks of rehearsal, 11 local south Georgia business and community leaders will showcase their best moves on the dance floor, with their dance professional partners, for one exciting evening to help end Alzheimer’s. The event, Dancing Stars of South Georgia, will take place Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, and all the money raised will stay locally to help Georgians with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their families and caregivers.

Mirroring the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” the 11 dancing pairs work to raise money by gaining votes in the one-night gala dance competition. For a complete list of celebrity and pro dancer pairs, please click here.

“It broke my heart to watch my grandparents become innocent victims of this terrible and debilitating disease,” said Dr. Sandra Brickman. “The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is such a wonderful organization that provides much needed assistance and service to those in need.”

With the recent release of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2016 Facts and Figures Report, it is estimated that there are 130,000 Georgians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers are often making significant financial sacrifices to care for their loved ones. The number of sufferers is expected to rise by 46 percent within the next 10 years. Georgia is ranked number four in the country for the highest possible incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dancing Stars of South Georgia’s aim is to support research, along with care and support programs and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia, as well as their families and caregivers. The fundraising goal for Dancing Stars of South Georgia is $140,000.

Celebrity judges for the event are Adeline Kenerly, Miss Georgia 2015, Aaryn Valenzuela, reporter and co-anchor – WALB-TV and Jamie Parrish, owner – Georgia All-Star Cheerleading. Sponsors include Crown Distributors, Dogwood Senior Health Center, United Obstetrics and Gynecology, WALB-TV, DOCO Credit Union, Golden Environmental, Cypress Pond Senior Care, Plant Telecommunications and The Sylvia Barr Center.

Currently 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than prostate and breast cancer combined. The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter serves more than 130,000 Georgians living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. With seven offices statewide, the Georgia Chapter provides vital education, support and services in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death with no cure or treatment to slow its progression.

Supporters can vote for their favorite star and purchase a ticket to the event by visiting www.dancingstarsofsouthgeorgia.com. For more event information, contact Angela Williamson at 229-977-2657 or awilliamson@alz.org

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