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Dancing With the Stars Arts Gala this Saturday

By J.J. Smith. It’s not to late to purchase tickets for this Saturday’s Rockwall Alliance for the Arts annual gala, featuring a “Dancing With the Stars” dance competition with local “celebrities,” and art show and auction with local artists, plus dinner and dancing to a live, 17-piece “big band sound” dance band at the Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel.

Tickets cost $100 per person, $175 per couple and $800 for a table of 10 people and may be purchased by phone at 972-772-1111 or online at www.rockwallarts.org.

All funds raised go the the work of the RCAA, which is a non-profit organization promoting, supporting and creating an awareness of the arts in Rockwall County, said RCAA president Kathleen Morrow.

The group also provides college scholarships for Rockwall County students who have been identified as having exceptional talent in either visual or performing arts.

“It’s all about the kids,” she said. “Whether it’s the funds raised at the Gala, the monies paid to the dance band, Nobles of Note, or the donations that come in from our sponsors like Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  We all do what we do for kids.”

This year’s local celebrity dancers are Dave and Carole Cutcombe, Lowell and Betty Moon, Jack Oglivie, plus Dr. Steve Sharp and his daughter, Stephenie Sharp Browning.

Celebrity Artists include:  Lee Gilbert, Tom Maglisceau, Rev. Steve Stroope and Dr. Joan Terry.

Celebrity judges include:  Rockwall Mayor Bill Cecil, former Rockwall Mayor Alma Howard, Appeals Court Chief Justice Carolyn Wright and Rockwall ISD School Board President Craig Zurek.

Morrow said the event also features an art show by the Rockwall Art League with 27 pieces in the competition for the People’s Choice Award.

Cullin Lassiter, a plein air artist, will complete a painting of the Lake Ray Hubbard sail boat, the “SeaWolf” at the event and it will be auctioned off during the evening.

NoblesOfNote is the 17-piece dance band with a female vocalist which has the “big band sound” reminiscent of the famed Glen Miller or Tommy Dorsey bands. They perform three to four times a month and donate all of their fees to the Shriner’s Hospital network for children. To date they have raised over $300,000 since first forming in 1984.

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