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Your Community Leaders Kick Up Their Heels

August 2013

Dancing For The Arts

Dance for ArtsWhere else can you watch your attorney, a Four-Star Army General, your eye doctor, your realtor, a defense contractor, and “Mr. Havre de Grace,” among others, dance their hearts out to raise funds to construct an art center for you and your family? Dancing for the Arts at the Residents’ Club at Bulle Rock on Sept. 21 is where!

Honorary Chair Tamera Rush, Vice President Defense STG, Inc. and winner of the 2012 “Judges Choice Award,” will chair the 6th Annual “Dancing for the Arts” fundraiser for the Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:30-11pm at the Bulle Rock Residents’ Club. Community leaders will showcase their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors in a friendly competition to raise funds to build a regional arts center on a 41-acre parcel of land on Route 24 in Abingdon. The “Stars” are taking private dance lessons with professional dance instructors led by Tom Rzepnicki, owner of Dancing with Friends. The evening will include an open bar, sumptuous food, the dancing competition, live auction and dancing after the competition.

Dancing for the Arts is quite a commitment and a challenge for our “Stars.” Each of Harford’s “Stars” has been taking ballroom dance lessons for several months from a professional dance instructor at Dancing with Friends’s studio in Churchville to prepare for their dancing debut on Sept. 21. Each dancer also sets an individual fundraising goal and the night of the event competes for both the Top Fundraiser Award and the Judges Choice Award. You can help choose the “Top Fundraising Award” by going online to to vote for your favorite dancer by making a donation to the Center for the Arts (1 vote = $1). Gala attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dancer during the competition. Deborah Pro-Marshall, Judge Angela Eaves, Tony Meoli and Mark Welsh are returning to choose the “Judges Choice Award”.

Event_DancingThe money raised will help sustain the Center for the Arts as they complete zoning, fundraising, architectural and legal tasks to build a regional community arts center in Harford County. The new arts center must be constructed by 2019 as a condition of the bequest of the 41 acres of land to Harford County by the estate of Emily Bayless Graham.

Proceeds from past galas have funded the work necessary to determine the demand and economic feasibility and sustainability of such a project. The Feasibility Study, Business Plan, Economic Impact Study, Master Plan and Concept Design are all based upon the demographic and economic realities of our region. We are no longer a rural, agriculturally based community. The Federal government actually characterizes us as urban with 82.2 percent of our population located on 26 percent of our land. However, we still get to enjoy the bucolic landscapes and farmland while having the density to warrant public investment in a cultural center.

For more information on purchasing tickets to Dancing for the Arts on Sept. 21, visit I95