If you love the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” then you’ll want to grab tickets to this year’s Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia.

The annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, takes place June 8 at the Savannah Convention Center.

Just like the show, the event features celebrity dancers paired with professionals and a panel of judges. You can also vote for your favorite dancer with your donation — $1 equals one vote. Kelly Hendricks of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, said you can vote at the event or ahead of the big party you can vote online dancingstarsofCoastalGeorgia.com.

“This is our take on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and it’s a lot of fun,” she explained. “We have cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m. and then the seated dinner and live show with 12 dancers begins. There is also a live auction for a beautiful piece of custom jewelry, and then we open the dance floor and everyone ends the night dancing and having a great time.”

 

This year's Dancing Stars of Central Georgia local celebrity dancers include Kellie Fletcher, Jim Meyers, Krista Weeks, Jay Massey, Butch Broom, Phillip Haug, Heather Booth, Jennifer Paige, Nicole Mason, Morgan Crolley, Jennifer Restivo and Cameron Scott.

Hendricks added the proceeds go to a cause that is very important to her. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research with a mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s and to provide care and support for everyone affected by this disease.

“We service 19 counties in coastal Georgia and offer free educational support, training, as well as free support groups,” she said. “When I first started working with this group, one of the things that really impressed me was going to the support groups. It was so nice to see there is a place where everyone affected by this disease can come together and talk. It’s so important because this is a tough disease to live with not only for those affected by the disease, but also for these caregivers and family members.”