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Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off- Update to the Community

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The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2017 Cabinet wishes to provide an update to Central Alberta on this year’s event. Following are thoughts from the different partners in this year’s dance off.  To see the full news release CLICK HERE.
Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2017 (SCDO) Co-Chair Christine Moore shares; “From the SCDO inception, there has been a dream that more than one organization would work together, that we could bring more awareness to great causes, that we could all learn more about each other and work together.  That’s the beauty of community. This year our dream came true!”
She adds; “We selected our two partners because of their strengths and shared vision. It’s a unique situation because we have 30 years of history, of hard work serving the community in the Central Alberta Sexual Support Assault Centre (CASASC) , combined with the vision of something better for Central Alberta in the Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC), both organizations embracing a shared vision to serve vulnerable children and families.
From a logistical side, it’s made our event bigger because we have the supporters of both organizations, and we have engaged another city, Calgary, with three of our Celebrity Dancers. They have brought a whole wealth of support, in fundraising and participation, and in building awareness for our causes. It has definitely raised the profile of our event! We’ve made many new friends in Calgary.”
On ticket sales, Christine says; ”For many good reasons we have gone from our usual cap of 800 tickets to seating over 1000 guests on the night and we have a waiting-list. We are of course very pleased to accommodate everyone and the fire chief has approved it all!”
CACAC CEO, Mark Jones, notes; “A dream for several Red Deer community members is coming to fruition. The CACAC and its member partners, Child and Family Services, Alberta Health Services, First Nations Tribes, RCMP and Alberta Justice are meeting and have already begun defining a Memorandum of Understanding on how we will work together to best serve abused children in Central Alberta.
Using the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre’s as our model for integrated services, and with the help  of the SKCAC staff in Calgary, the Red Deer coalition has now given way to the first ever Board of Directors of CACAC.”
CASASC Executive Director Patricia Arango tells us;” Our agency’s 30 years of experience combined with our team of professionals made this partnership a perfect fit for our families. Teaming up with the SCDO 2017 brought significant awareness to both causes and it was a strong kick-start to our capital campaign. The outpouring of support from the community for the SCDO 2017 and into the future is beyond our wildest dreams!”
Moore reminds everyone; “Although we are sold out of tickets, there are many opportunities to support the Celebrity Dancers online (celebritydanceoff.ca). There are a few sponsorship opportunities available by calling Nadine George at 403.340.1124. We also have two great raffles, a luxury holiday on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and an Exclusive Luxury Golf Experience at Sherwood Country Club, California.”
The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2017 will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel.

SCDO 2017 PARTNERSHIPS

The Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2017 (SCDO) is EXTREMELY excited to partner with Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) and Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC). Both groups are looking for a new home in Red Deer.

CACAC, new to our region, is offering a new integrated services approach for children experiencing violence and trauma. To learn more about this initiative, visit Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre on which the Central Alberta CAC will be modeled.

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre has been serving our community for over 30 years and is desperately in need of more space to meet the needs of its clients.

It is truly an honour for the SCDO 2017 to partner with these two great agencies. Proceeds from the event will go towards a facility that will be home to both organizations.

Here are the members of the Volunteer Cabinet:
  • Christine Moore, SCDO Co- Chair
  • Jeanne Davus, SCDO Co-Chair
  • Gea Phagoo, SCDO Cabinet, Raffle Committee
  • Dru Bouteiller, SCDO Cabinet, Raffle Committee
  • Meagan Wade, SCDO Cabinet, Social Media
  • Jennifer O’Shea, SCDO Cabinet, Volunteer Chair
  • Natalie Brooks, SCDO Cabinet, Professional Dancers Committee

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre

  • Partricia Arango, CASASC, Executive Director
  • Nadine George, CASASC, Project Lead
  • Suzanne Zukiwsky, CASASC, Board Member

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

  • Terry Loewen, CACAC, Co-Chair
  • Mark Jones, CACAC, Co-Chair, Project Lead
  • Cassandra Galenzoski, CACAC

For more information about the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off CLICK HERE.

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