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, in a caring way is proud to announce the second couple and choreographer selected to participate in this year’s gala.
Greg Jones: Jones is the mayor of the city of Crowley and the father of Kyle and Alex Jones. He is a graduate of LSU, a member of the First National Bank board of directors, a member of the Financial Corporation of Louisiana board of directors, a member of the Kiwanis Club as well as donating his time as a track coach for many years.
Dollie Eaglin-Monroe: Eaglin-Monroe is married to Alvin H. Monroe Sr., aka “Big Al.” She has volunteered her time and taken to dance in this gala and will also serve as the choreographer for her and Mayor Greg Jones. Eaglin-Monroe is presently the dean of the Institute in Cultural Education for Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans and an arts educator with the Acadian Center for the Arts PACE Program. She was chosen as Audubon Charter School Teacher of the Year in both 1998 and 2007. She now resides in Crowley, serving on the city of Crowley’s tourism board and the Grand Opera House of the South board. She has also started her own non-profit organization, “Cultural and Creative Arts, Inc.” helping to bring arts and culture to Acadia Parish schools and communities through grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts of Acadiana Center of the Arts. Eaglin-Monroe received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UL Lafayette and earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Houston-Clear Lake City. She has trained throughout the United States and Europe as a teacher, performer and choreographer.
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 this fundraiser, which will benefit the three worthy organizations, can be purchased through the Grand Opera House of the South by contacting Kim Gattle at 785-0440. Tickets are $100 per seat and will include a cocktail party from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a ticket of admission to the actual event and a silent auction. Tickets will be sold on a first come basis.
For more information, you can contact either co-chairperson, Emily Stoma, 523.6044, or Mary Zaunbrecher, 207.9789.