Tickets to the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge are $15 and are selling out fast.
The event benefits the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia, a local organization that provides 24-hour crisis intervention to residents of Northwest Georgia. It also provides counseling services, medical appointments and forensic rape exams. Its services are free to victims of sexual assault.
Modeled after the popular reality TV show “Dancing With the Stars,” the event will feature performances by seven celebrity couples, with styles ranging from hip hop to ballet and much more.
Celebrity dancers include James Schroeder, Joe Vargo, Brian McWhorter, Mark Webb, Jason Stockton, Keith Turner and Dr. Joe Burch.
After performing, each couple will be critiqued by event judges Emily McKnight of Dance Works; Andre Prospere, executive director of the Miss Fulton County Scholarship Pageant and certified judge in the Miss America system through the State of Georgia; former radio personality Robert Smyth of Coosa Valley Credit Union; and former Rockette Kay Ann Wetherington, a Floyd County assistant district attorney.
Couples will compete for the Judges’ Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award, which will be determined by the audience. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, in the form of funds donated, in between each performance.
An important part of the event’s fundraising efforts will be online voting for favorite couples. This can be done by visiting online at romecelebritydancechallenge.com up until the day of the event. Online votes are $1 each with a minimum of five at a time.
The Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge takes place Aug. 18 at the Rome City Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.
Event tickets are $15 and are now available at http://rcdc.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia at 706-292-9024 or visit romecelebritydancechallenge.com or facebook.com/romecelebritydancechallenge.