Irma Thomas joins Dancing for a Cause

Charlotte Guedry
Soul legend Irma Thomas will be performing at this year’s Dancing for a Cause event on July 9.

Dancing for a Cause Chairperson Sharon Morris has been busy at work recently with the entire committee getting ready for this year's event.

Recently news came to the committee that all are pleased to announce.

“Irma Thomas will be performing at this year's event,” said Morris. “We are so thrilled and excited to have this iconic ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’ taking part.”

Thomas is now added to the list of performers at the event, which also includes a dance number by WBRZ’s own Whitney Vann and her dance partner Leonard Augustus.

Thomas recently celebrated 50 years in the music industry, She is the 2011 Blues Music Award winner for Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year. She has won nine Blues Music Awards throughout her career.

Thomas was also the 2011 OffBeat Best of the Beat Award Winner of Best Female Vocalist.

Recently, her work has been featured on the HBO series?Treme, which brings the music and culture of New orleans to life, while highlighting the efforts to rebuild prior to Hurricane Katrina.

She is also a Grammy winner, and has been inducted into both the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.

“Irma Thomas will bring something so magical to the night’s event,” said Morris. “We are all so honored that she is taking part. She is a symbol for Louisiana music at its finest.”

This year’s Dancing for a Cause event will take place at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Saturday, July 9.

Tickets are currently on sale at the Prairieville, Gonzales and Donaldsonville locations of LeBlanc’s Food Stores.

The annual event raises funds for the ARC?of East Ascension, an organization that aims to make the quality of life better for all people with disabilities within the parish, along with their families.

“We urge everyone to come out and support Dancing for a Cause this year,” said Morris. “It is a worthwhile event that can make a real difference when combined with the support of the community.”