Stars shine bright at dancing event

DeKalb County officials, legislators and residents came to view the third annual Dancing with the DeKalb Stars event Oct. 26 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. 

Hosted by DeKalb County Solicitor General’s office, the event is a domestic violence resource expo and fundraiser to benefit Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and International Women’s House. 

“Can you believe it? I’m really honored because of all the people who were willing to volunteer and dance for a good cause,” DeKalb County Solicitor General Donna Coleman-Stribling said. “This is the one night I feel like we can come together as a community, talk about something impactful and have a good time.”The expo and fundraiser has raised more than $30,000 for Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and International Women’s House since its inception.  “This event means a lot to me. Every year we have tried to grow, and we have. What we know is that this is something that means a lot to DeKalb,” Coleman-Stribling said. 

The solicitor-general’s office handles more than 13,000 cases annually. Of those cases, nearly one-third are domestic violence in nature.

Competitors C. David Moody and Brentney J were crowned the 2019 Dancing with the DeKalb Stars champions.

The dance competition featured nine teams composed of a dance professional and a member of DeKalb County’s legal, public safety, business or civic communities.

This year, C. David Moody, founder of CD Moody Construction, and dance partner Brentney J were crowned 2019 Dancing with the DeKalb Stars champions. 

Other competitors included Lions Lighthouse Board Member Charlene Fang; Squash Blossom Boutique owner Lisa Bobb; DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Major Jefferey Leslie; DeKalb County Police Department Assistant Chief Sonya Porter; DeKalb County School Board member Diijon DaCosta; DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson; Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry; DeKalb County Board of Health Director Dr. Sandra Ford.

“The DeKalb County community has proven to us their dedication to ending the cycle of abuse by continuously supporting our efforts to assist two organizations entrenched in the fight of ending this vicious cycle,” said Coleman-Stribling. “Every year our goal is to exceed what we accomplished the year prior and we look forward to seeing DeKalb help us do that again.” 

David Manuel, executive director of the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, was last year’s winner and served as a guest judge for the 2019 event. Manuel said he enjoys partnering with the solicitor general’s office every year. 

“This event is so powerful and impactful,” Manuel said. “Not only for the money that it raises for a great cause, but also the community participation of all the talent we have in our county. This is just a showcase of what happens when DeKalb County comes together.”

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