Let’s Dance Louisville

There’s little doubt that Louisville considers itself one of the nation’s most generous cities, so it’s not hard to find a fundraiser or gala taking place on any given night in the city. This year, in order to raise money for the Feed My Neighbor program – which operates the Sandefur Dining Hall out of the Cathedral of the Assumption – organizers have decided to stage Louisville’s own version of  “Dancing With The Stars”: Let’s Dance Louisville.

This year’s incarnation will take place on June 27 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Cocktails and dinner are followed by an exciting dancing competition that will feature 12 local celebrities. But the best thing about the event is that it’s a chance to raise money for one of the city’s most worthy but lesser-known causes.

“Since the Great Depression, The Cathedral of the Assumption began responding to the needs of the hungry population living in our community,” explains David Grantz, one of this year’s organizers and member of the Cathedral’s congregation. “Today, the Sandefur Dining Hall, located just behind the Cathedral on 5th Street, provides for the homeless or low income 365 days a year, seven days a week. The dining hall operates with the support of hundreds of volunteers who often come from downtown businesses and who donate their time, talent, and treasure to serve those who need their love and support.”

According to Grantz, while attending the event is a great way to raise money, people should also consider sponsoring a person in the community who needs to use the kitchen on a regular basis.

“The easiest way to help the Feed My Neighbor program is for people to consider sponsoring one person in our community,” adds Grantz. “The cost to feed one man, woman or child per month at the Sandefur Dining Hall is $100. So people can become a 12 or six-month sponsor, and 100 percent of your deductible donation will go to the Sandefur Dining Hall.”

But in the meantime, Grantz is looking forward to the dancing event, and he’s keen to stress that it will be one of the most fun nights of the year for the participants and attendees.

“The Feed My Neighbor committee wanted a cross-section of Louisville business owners, community leaders, volunteers and on-air talent to represent our 12 stars. Each ‘dancing star’ is currently training with professional dance instructors from Shall We Dance and Derby City Ballroom, two of Louisville’s most popular dance studios. The public is encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite dancer to increase their people’s choice score. One vote is $1.00 and can be made on the Let’s Dance Louisville website, letsdancelouisville.org. The more funds that are raised through our Let’s Dance Louisville charity event, the more that we can do to help the homeless community,” concludes Grantz. VT

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