10 local celebrities to compete for DeKalb Stars Trophy and help raise funds for two nonprofits

Ten DeKalb “celebrities” will be dancing for the DeKalb Stars Trophy on Oct. 20 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur.

Nine county, city and school district officials, a judge and an attorney will compete for the trophy and bragging rights, and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson dance in honor of the nonprofits End Domestic Violence and International Women’s House, who will benefit from the event.

DeKalb Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling, who released names of the contestants on Sept. 20, said nine teams will also raise funds for the nonprofits.

DeKalb Stars, in its second year,  is inspired by the ABC hit show "Dancing with the Stars." Like the television show, contestants will be paired with a dance professional who will choreograph their dance routine  and put them through their steps.

The 2018 contestants include DeKalb Schools School Choice Director Dr. Connie Stevenson, Southwest DeKalb High School Principal Dr. Thomas Glanton, Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson, Stonecrest City Councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble, Brookhaven Police Maj. Donald Chase, Porter Sanford Community Center Executive Director David Manuel, DeKalb Sheriff Office Chief Deputy Reginald Scandrett, DeKalb Juvenile Court Judge Fatima El-Amin, and Wilson, Morton & Downs LLC attorney Keri Ware.

Stevenson will be paired with professional dancer Shervoski Moreland; Glanton with Sabrina Randolph; Jackson with Jarrith “JP” Patterson; Cobble with Fabian Phillips; Chase with Evin Lang; Manuel with Shalay Johnson; Scandrett with Jazmin Freeman;  El-Amin with Calan Bryant; and Ware with D. Norris.

Judges who will pick the DeKalb Stars champion are Emmy-nominated producer, director and choreographer Stepp Stewart; DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts principal and artistic director Bianca Hamilton; Academy of the Arts founder and artistic director Susan McGhee Crawford; and 2017 Dancing with the DeKalb Stars champion and attorney Parag Shah.  

Coleman-Stribling said the team that raises the most money by Oct. 19 will win the Dancing with the DeKalb Stars’ People’s Choice Award.

Supporters of each competing pair can donate at their Click & Pledge page.

Mother-daughter duo Monica Maldonado and Veronica Maldonado-Torres will return as hosts. Maldonado is the president and CEO of Decatur-based marketing communications firm Interprint Communications. Maldonado-Torres is program director of Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection.

On Oct. 20, doors open at 5 p.m. for a Resource Expo. The dance competition begins at 6 p.m.

The Porter Sanford Center is at 3181 Rainbow Drive.

Sponsorship packages start at $500.

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