You don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans for a taste of Mardi Gras! Make plans to stay in town and attend this fall’s Dancing with Dignity 2019 gala, presented by the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Chandler Center for the Arts will be transformed into a Mardi Gras-themed masquerade ball for the Foundation’s signature event supporting nationally recognized health care programs at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.
Five years ago, Dancing with Dignity was created to enhance rehabilitation following a stroke by offering stroke camps to survivors and caregivers at a reduced cost. The event’s popularity has grown over the years, and more than $1 million has been raised to date. This money enables the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley to expand its funding to help patients with other neurological issues such as Parkinson’s, brain tumors, head injuries and more. This includes the creation of a Brain Tumor Group and Camp and the renovation of an outpatient rehabilitation center.
Guests will enjoy cocktails and Louisiana-inspired Creole cuisine followed by a Dancing with the Stars-style show featuring professional ballroom dancers from the Arizona Ballroom Champions who will pair up with volunteers. The volunteers who dance in this event perform on stage before a lively audience and panel of celebrity judges as an opportunity to showcase their personal stories on why they are fundraising to support the hospitals.
To add to the fun, first responders from Chandler and Gilbert Police and Fire departments will be bringing their own teams to compete for the “traveling trophy” in a battle of the cities/departments dance-off.