Participants in second annual Dancing with the DeKalb Stars announced

DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling unveiled this year’s “DeKalb Stars,” participating in the second annual Dancing with the DeKalb Stars, a domestic violence fundraiser and resource expo.

According to a press release, the dance competition features nine teams, comprised of a dance professional and a notable member of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, business and civic community. Performers include:

  • Connie Stevenson, director of School Choice for the DeKalb County School District, paired with Shervoski Moreland
  • David Manuel, executive director of Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, paired with Shalay Johnson
  • Maj. Donald Chase of Brookhaven Police paired with Evin Lang
  • Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble, District 3 Stonecrest City Councilwoman, paired with Fabian Phillips
  • Debra Jackson, Mayor of Lithonia, paired with Jarrith “JP” Patterson
  • Thomas Glanton, principal of Southwest DeKalb High School, paired with Sabrina Randolph
  • Judge Fatima El-Amin, DeKalb County Juvenile Court, paired with Calan Bryant
  • Chief Deputy Reginald Scandrett, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, paired with Jazmin Freeman
  • Keri Ware, attorney for Wilson, Morton & Downs LLC, paired with D. Norris

Congressman Hank Johnson will perform a special number in honor of the two non-profits – The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and The International Women’s House – benefiting from the event.

In addition to competing for the championship title, the “DeKalb Stars,” will fundraise to support the two non-profits. The first team to raise the most money by Friday, Oct. 19, will be the Dancing with the DeKalb Stars’ People’s Choice.

Returning hosts of the event are the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Monica Maldonando, president and CEO of Interprint Communications, and Veronica Maldonando-Torres, program director of the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection.

Judges of the dance competition are Emmy nominated producer, director and choreographer, Stepp Stewart; principal and artistic director of DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts, Bianca Hamilton; artistic director for the Academy of the Arts, Susan McGhee Crawford; and Dancing with the DeKalb Stars 2017 champion and owner and attorney at Shah Law Firm, Parag Shah.

The event takes place 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center. Doors open to the Resource Expo at 5 p.m.


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