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Tango & Cash
'Dancing with Savannah Stars' raises funds for CASA
Laura Garcia-Culler & partner Cletus Bergen performing the American Tango - photo by Jenn Blatty

SAVANNAH COMMUNITY LEADERS danced in the donations while dancing the night away on Nov. 13th for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) annual fundraiser, this year titled “Dancing With Savannah Stars.” While their event raised $30,000 (and still counting) to support the advocates of neglected and abused children in our city, they also inspired the audience to dive into the world of dance after watching Savannah icons such as Stratton Leopold Waltz to Frank Sinatra (by the way, Leopold didn’t even dance at his own wedding), Roger Moss shake it down with the Mambo, or Laura Garcia-Culler (Historical Society) grace the floor with the American Tango.

CASA Board President Tammie Mosley wanted to do something different this year, and as a huge fan of the television hit series, “Dancing With the Stars,” she made her favorite show become a reality in the Charles H. Morris Center. The eight selected “Savannah Stars” were each paired with a veteran dancer, spending months and hours in grueling practice before competing in front of the crowd, juried by Fox 28’s Jennifer Beale, Magic Marc the Magician, Dance Instructor Richard Farnum, and Trip Tollison (Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce).

“This was a huge collaboration with the Community. We had representation from every possible source in Savannah. Everyone cared,” Tammie tells me while describing the endless list of donations, from practice locations to hair and make up specialists.

Kudos to CASA and everyone who supported the event - especially the eight Savannah Stars who courageously threw themselves out there for the children. This really was the best fundraiser I’ve ever attended.