‘Dancing with the DeKalb Stars’ promises fun, fundraising

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

DeKalb County leaders and community members will put on their dancing shoes next week for a special competition that raises money for domestic violence prevention organizations.

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual “Dancing with the DeKalb Stars,” organized by DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling’s office.

The event on Saturday, Oct. 26, will feature a dance competition starring “members of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, business and civic communities,” Coleman-Stribling’s office said in a statement. They were matched with local professional dancers. Here are the nine local leaders that will be dancing for the top prize this year:

  • C. David Moody, founder of CD Moody Construction
  • Lorraine Cochran-Johnson, DeKalb County Super District 7 commissioner
  • Dr. Sandra Ford, executive director of the DeKalb County Board of Health
  • Mayor Ted Terry, city of Clarkston
  • Diijon DaCosta, DeKalb County School District Board of Education member
  • Lisa Bobb, owner of Squash Blossom Boutique
  • Assistant Chief Sonya Porter, DeKalb County Police Department
  • Major Jefferey Leslie, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
  • Charlene Fang, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation board member

All proceeds generated through ticket sales and sponsorships will benefit the International Women's House and the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.


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The event will also have an expo portion with resources focused on domestic violence awareness.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online. To buy advance tickets in person and with cash, visit the Lou Walker Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the expo on Oct. 26, and the dance competition begins at 6 p.m.

Coleman-Stribling has prioritized curbing domestic violence, investing $100,000 to expand domestic violence prevention programs and beginning the #NOTinmyDEKALB initiative. Her office prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses; officials said domestic violence cases account for nearly a third of all misdemeanor cases in DeKalb.

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Channel 2's Richard Belcher reports.