First, it was mayors John Howard of Monroe and Rey Martinez of Loganville challenging each other in next month’s Dancing with the Stars of Project Renewal, and now local law enforcement is getting in on the action. Monroe Police Department’s Lt. Brent Davis threw down the gauntlet, or maybe in this case it was more like a dancing show, and let Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver that Monroe was going to take this one! Oliver is having none of it. Both men showed off some of their moves last year in the Lip Sync challenge, but in the Dancing with the Stars of Project Renewal event, they will have to take into account that they have partners. Oliver has his wife and Davis has Jiffy Helton. So who do you think it is going to be?
Oliver and Davis join Martinez and Howard as the four Walton County public figures who are lending their talents on the dance floor to the event on Feb. 16, 2019, that will raise funds for Project Renewal, a domestic violence program serving Walton, Newton, and Rockdale. They all have a dance instructor who has signed on to teach their partner the right moves. While there may be a separate challenge going on inside Walton County, there is some tough competition from outside the county with competitors from Newton and Rockdale. Newton County has competitors like Dr. Steven and Kathy Whitworth and Sen. Tonya Anderson and Rockdale County also has its dance champions hopefuls with names like District Attorney Alicia Johnson and Claire Cline to name a few. The overall winner, however, will be Project ReNeWal and the people who rely on its service to get out of an otherwise hopeless situation. Project ReNeWal is a not for profit 501 c 3 domestic violence intervention program that provides emergency shelter, crisis support and services to victims of domestic and family violence. It has an annual budget of more than $700,000 and it is hoped that the funds raised from Dancing with the Stars of Project Renwal will go a long way to offset some of that expense.
“Each year, our Executive Board of Directors plans and completes an annual fund-raising event. In the last 18 years our major event has been a golf outing at Cherokee Run in Conyers,” Vickie Stevenson, executive director of Project Renewal, told Walton Living for a story in the latest issue of the magazine, going on to give some details of next month’s event. “This event will consist of local dignitaries performing dances that have been choreographed by local dance professionals in order to raise funds for the shelter. It promises to be a fun-filled night that will show off the talents of local shelter supporters.”
You can get in on the action and support your favorite dance duo well before that. The teams have begun meeting with their dance instructors for practice sessions and those videos will soon be shared on the Project Renewal Facebook Page. They also will be shared here on Your Local News for you to click through and find where you can offer your financial support for your favorite team. The purchase of just one ticket to the event from your favorite celebrity dancer, for $25, gives 25 votes to that team. The local dancer celebrities will be finding sponsors in advance of the big finale.
Look for more information to be shared, along with the videos, as the big finale approaches. Follow the Facebook Page to keep up with information on the event and check out the website for more information on the services of Project ReNeWal.