While the coronavirus prevented local residents from sashaying across the dance floor to raise money for the The Arc of East Ascension, the show did go on in the virtual world.
The 2020 version of Dancing For A Cause featured supporters of the cause sending in digital versions of their routines.
For the past four weeks, the nonprofit organization has encouraged the public to vote on video submissions for the fundraiser. The submissions included professional dancers, a private dance studio, WAFB Channel 9 News employees and more.
Each vote required a minimum of a $10 donation. All funds raised directly support The Arc of East Ascension’s mission to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The winner of the fundraiser is contingent on the participants whose video raised the most money. Employees with The Arc of East Ascension worked quickly to carefully calculate each vote and donation.
The first-place winner of The Arc of East Ascension’s virtual 2020 Dancing For A Cause fundraiser is Megan Martinez Babin. The “Trail Blazers,” a group of employees from LeBlanc Special Services Center, finished in second place. DeRon Talley, was awarded third place for the event.
The Arc of East Ascension thanks all video participants, donators and voters for their contributions to the fundraiser, said event organizer Sharon Morris.
Participants included Matthew Deloch, Micheal Allen, LeBrian Patrick, Tracvon Fowler, Mark LaCour, the L4C Mime Brothers, Christopher Smith, Triple Threat Dance Studio, the Trash Rangers of Louisiana, Trya Fowler-Stabile, Jack Meriwether, Liz Koh and Matt Williams, Hunter and Amia Knight and Francois Bend Senior Living.
The Arc of East Ascension is a nonprofit organization Gonzales. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through services and advocacy that support choice, independence and dignity.