Arc tops last year's historic result

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Most Original - Tamiko Garrison and her partner Leonard Augustus.

Ascension Parish filled the Lamar Dixon 4-H building this year bigger and bolder than ever for the Arc of East Ascension's Dancing for a Cause fundraiser.

Saturday night, family, supporters, and fans gathered to cheer on local celebrities and their professional dance partners for an evening of entertainment and fun that went towards helping those in the community with disabilities.

Public Relations director for the Arc Sharon Morris said Monday she believed the Arc reached their goal of raising more than $150,000 dollars.

Morris said she would like to note that Liz Koh of WAFB should be recognized not only for winning the award for loudest applause, but also for the most in-kind donations towards the event.

"It wasn't money, but it was a big help," Morris said.

Moreover, Beau Diez placed 1st for raising the most money at over $16,000. Participant Kenny Foster came in 2nd place for fundraising, and Brandon Moran placed 3rd with $15,000 raised.

Moran told the Weekly he was worried about raising funds last month, but obviously his supporters came through for him. He wore a T-Shirt during his performance to honor Ward Webb, who passed away earlier this year.

Moran also earned the Fan's Choice award for the night of the event. According to Morris, Brett Arceneaux actually won the overall fan's choice award for online voting.

Next, the Judges Choice awards were given to Aimee Russo-Mounger for 1st place, Tressy Leindecker for 2nd, and Kenny Foster for 3rd.

The emcees for the night were news anchors Greg Meriwether and Cheryl Mercedes. Mercedes performed in the event last year.

Moreover, Tamiko Garrison represented Donaldsonville in the event. Last year's top dancer and fundraiser Louis LeFebrve III made a guest appearance to announce the awards:

Judges Choice

1st Place Dr. Aimee Russo Mounger/Leonard Augustus

2nd Place Tressy Leindecker/Dylon Hoffpauir

3rd Place Kenny Foster/Kris Cangelosi

Big Fundraisers

1st Beau Diez

2nd Kenny Foster

3rd Brandon Moran

Online/Fans choice

All Star Most popular vote - Brett Arceneaux

All Star Fans Choice - Beau Diez

3rd place fans choice - Kenny Foster

Event Night Fans Choice

Brandon Moran

Most In kind donations

Liz Koh

Loudest Applause

Liz Koh

Other Awards

Most Sassy - Tina Knight and Casey Bundick

Most Graceful - Christie Mayeux and LeBrian Patrick

Most Energetic - Brett Arceneaux and Jessica Kennedy

Most Daring - Tressy Liendecker and Dylon Hoffpauir

Most Animated - Beau Diez and Alyssa Kling

Most Enthusiastic - Kenny foster and Kris Cangelosi

Most Confident - Aimee Mounger and Leonard Augustus

Most Entertaining - Brandon Moran and Hannah Willson

Most Original - Tamiko Garrison and Leonard Augustus

Most Sexy - Liz Koh and LeBrian Patrick

Most Flirtatious - George Branigan and Rachel Carlino

"Thank you, to all that helped to make the event a great success," Morris said. "The Arc is a better place because of your love and support. This is a wonderful community that we live in. Hats off to WAFB Channel 9 and their staff. My heart is still dancing with joy."

Click here to see more photos of the 2018 Dancing for a Cause event.