The Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge raised just over $188,000 for the Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia with its yearly fundraiser held Saturday at the City Auditorium.
Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter was the runner-up for the award, raising over $20,000.
The Judges’ Choice Award went to Team Mathis, made up of Thad Mathis and his dance partner Tara Ogle. Mathis is a fourth-grade teacher and coach at Darlington School.
Runner-up for the Judges’ Choice Award was Team Avila. Severo Avila, the features editor and columnist for the Rome News-Tribune.
· Severo Avila of the Rome News-Tribune dancing with Emily Tumlin of Rome Athletic Club
· Sheriff Tim Burkhalter of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office dancing with Katie Kiser of Baird Ballet
· Kevin Cowling of Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation dancing with Faith Im of Shorter University
· Gorg Hubenthal of The Foundry dancing with Lauren Hillman of Harbin Clinic
· Dr. Kristen Leezer of NWGA Medical Clinic dancing with Payton Campbell of Baird Ballet
· Thad Mathis of Darlington School dancing with Tessa Weimorts of The Dance Centre
· Matt Plant of OTR Wheel Engineering dancing with JoAnna Parker of The Dance Centre
· Cindy Stansell of Salon Ten 17 dancing with retired educator Steve St. Clair
· Amber Taylor of Keller Williams Realty dancing with Chase Tolbert of Darlington School
· Sgt. Rusty Williams of the Floyd County Police Department dancing with Hannah Camacho of The Dance Centre
“The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia provides critical services to five counties in our region,” said Rita Smith, president of the Board of Directors. “Unfortunately, as is the case with many non-profit organizations, our budget has been cut continuously over the past several years. By simply attending this event, you are making a contribution to a very worthwhile cause and helping us raise awareness in our community. Plus, I guarantee that you will love the show!”
The Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge has raised more than $830,000 for the Sexual Assault Center in the last seven years, $170,000 of which was raised last year alone.