The focus of this combined effort of fundraising is to provide for the needs of this area’s small portion of the world through the efforts of the Community Outreach Corporation and the Crowley Christian Care Center.
These organizations fit together like the pieces of a beautiful puzzle and together they invite you to join them in a “caring way” as they present their very own version of “Dancing with the Stars.”
The charity fundraising gala is being co-chaired by Emily Stoma and Mary Zaunbrecher. Brenda Core of The Core Dance Center is the chairwoman of the choreography team that has also generously donated their time and talent. Troy Breaux will act as financial chairman as well as the silent auction chairman.
The inaugural event will feature 11 couples, the “Stars of Acadiana.” Each week a new couple will be introduced to the public.
“Dancing with the Stars” is proud to announce the third couple and their choreographer selected to participate in this year’s gala.
Ronnie Petree: Petree is employed by St. Martin Bank & Trust as senior vice president and western division leader. He is married to Bonnie Fontenot, and they are the parents of Levi, Hannah, Whitney, Marshall, Erin and Phillip and the grandparents of Ethan. Petree attended LSU-Eunice and USL (now ULL) and is a graduate of the LSU School of Banking of the South. Petree is very involved in community service.
Holly Broussard: Broussard is married to Kevin and is the mother of Ashton and Kelsey. She is a graduate of LSU and is employed by St. Michael School. Broussard loves to dance and danced on high school and college teams.
The choreographer for Petree and Broussard is Hali Jo Metzel. Metzel is senior performing arts major with a concentration in dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She trained at Iberia Dance Conservatory, where she is currently an instructor. Metzel performed for UL-Lafayette’s State of LA Dance concert and has set choreography for ULL’s Evening of Dance.
The success of this worthwhile event is based on raising money through sponsorship, ticket sales and voting for the couple of your choice to win the highly sought after mirrored ball and the title of inaugural “Dancing with the Stars” winner.
Tickets for the fundraiser, which will benefit the three organizations, can be purchased through the Grand Opera House of the South by contacting Kim Gattle at 785-0440. Tickets are $100 per seat. The ticket cost includes a cocktail party from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., attendance at the actual event and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold on a first-come basis.
Sponsorship levels are also available. They are:
Platinum Caring Heart, $5,000. This includes box seats with six tickets, reserved parking in front of the opera house, a full page ad in the program, a logo or ad on the website, wine and beer with six mugs and 5,000 votes for your favorite couple(s).
Gold Caring Heart, $2,500. This includes two front row seats, reserved parking in the back parking lot, a half-page ad in the program, a logo or ad on the website and 2,500 votes for your favorite couple(s).
Silver Caring Heart, $1,000. This includes a quarter-page ad in the program and 1,000 votes for your favorite couple(s).
Caring Heart, $100. This is for one ticket to the event.
For more information, you can contact Emily Stoma, 523.6044, or Mary Zaunbrecher, 207.9789.