DECATUR, Ga. – Over 500 people attended DeKalb County Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling’s inaugural Dancing with the DeKalb Stars, a domestic violence resource expo and fundraiser, on Saturday, Oct. 14, to help raise money for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and the International Women’s House. The event, which was held at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, exceeded fundraising goals through ticket sales, sponsorships and donations.
“With each October being recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we wanted to create a fun and safe environment for members of our community to learn how domestic violence truly impacts our community,” explained Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling. “I’m proud to say we were able to bring together our community for an evening of entertainment, education and exceed our fundraising goals for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence and International Women’s House. My team and I worked hard to deliver a memorable night and we appreciate the support we received from DeKalb County.”
The event featured a Resource Expo that included 15 non-profits, who assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, and a dance competition comprised of 10 teams of notable DeKalb County community members. Winners of the ABC-inspired dance competition were Parag Shah of the Shah Law Firm and Cici Kelly of DARE DREAM DANCE. First runner-up was DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson and his partner Leslie Davis of True Talent Studios. Second runner-up was DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts Principal Bianca Hamilton and her partner Patrick “P.K.” Smith of Stephenson High School Dance Program.
Hosts of the evening were the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Monica Maldonado and Veronica Maldonado-Torres. Judges of the dance competition were Emmy nominated producer, director and choreographer, Stepp Stewart; founder of the Self-Care Agency, Anana Harris-Parris; and President and CEO of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, Katerina “Kat” Taylor. Mable’s Barbecue and Smoked Meats catered the resource expo and fundraiser. DeKalb County’s CEO, Michael Thurmond, closed the evening with a special tap performance.
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The Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, under the leadership of Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling, prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of DeKalb County. These crimes generally include domestic violence, elder abuse, cruelty to children, vehicular homicide, drunk driving, stalking and harassment, trespassing, and animal cruelty. The Solicitor-General’s Office handles more than 13,000 cases annually and consists of a staff of attorneys, investigators, victim-witness advocates, community prosecutor, legal secretaries, and a communications director. The Office prides itself on the professional and impartial prosecution of crimes while working closely with police and members of the community to develop strategies to prevent crimes before they occur. Stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter.