Dancing with The ARK’s Stars

11TH ANNUAL DANCING WITH THE ARK’S STARS! SAVE THE DATE | MAY 15, 2021 We are so excited to announce our partnership with Lowcountry Conference Center Summerville Hilton for our 11th Annual Dancing With The ARK’s Stars.For this event, we will be selling an in person and virtual ticket. Ticket sales will be going live soon. Our top priority is the safety of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and local community. Check out our 2021 celebrity dancers

In-Person Tickets are LIVE! Purchase your all inclusive ticket today! This year our Silent Auction will be going mobile. As we get closer to May, we will be sending you directions and information to set up your bidder profile after your purchase your tickets. In the meantime, we would love for you to spread the word about The ARK’s services and upcoming event.

If you would like to book a room at Hilton Garden Inn/ Homewood Suites, click here or call the hotel directly at (843) 832-1304 and use group code DWA. We are thrilled to be hosting an in person fundraiser! For your safety and others, there will be some special guidelines during the event. We appreciate your support and cooperation during this unusual time.

General admission tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and open bar. This event is cocktail attire. For sponsorship information, please visit or contact Megan at

All proceeds benefit The ARK – Alzheimer’s Family Support Services!

A Decade of Dancing With The ARK’S Stars!

On March 14, a community gathered together to attend the tenth annual Dancing with The ARK’s Stars fundraising event, raising more than $102,000 for The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services during this especially critical time. Proceeds from this premier fundraiser support The ARK’s many programs and essential services for families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 

“Each of our celebrity dancers went above and beyond their fundraising goal,” said Megan Severn, development director of The ARK. “We are so grateful for the support of all of the dancers for all of their hard work, time, and support of The ARK. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and as many as 16 million will have the disease in the next 30 years. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we work to raise awareness and funds for families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.”

Eight dancers were each paired with a professional dance partner from our sponsor, Ballroom Dance Charleston. The dancing duos performed at the event for a chance to win one of two titles: The Judge’s Award or The People’s Choice Award which was voted on by the audience.  

Cecil Buddin, a retiree, won the 2020 People’s Choice Mirror Ball Trophy with his professional dance partner, Georgia Grace Schrubbe, and raised more than $11,000 for The ARK’s programs. The 2020 Judges’ Choice Award went to Ginger Hamrick Arntz, a nurse practitioner at Elite Patient Care, and her professional dance partner, James Jiang, for their cha-cha performance.

“It was a wonderful evening in Summerville, says Peg Lahmeyer, executive director of The ARK. We are incredibly grateful for the community support and support from the celebrity dancers over the last ten years.” Prior to the beginning of the event, The ARK highlighted celebrity dancers from 2011 to 2019. 

For the tenth year, Pinewood Preparatory School has allowed The ARK to transform its gymnasium into a ballroom. Plus, Ballroom Dance Charleston provided professional dancers, training, and rehearsal space for weeks leading up to the event. Dorchester County Probate Judge, Mary Blunt was The Dancing with the ARK’s Star’s 2020 “Mirror Ball Sponsor.” This is Judge Blunt’s ninth year as The ARK’s title sponsor in memory of her mother, Dr. Lidia Vallarino, who had Alzheimer’s.

The other celebrity dancers were Marshall Connor, assistant vice president for continuing education, Trident Technical College; Russell Cornette, director of public works, Town of Summerville; Kristi Dillard, dentist, Kari Ryan Dentistry; Hannah Moldenhauer, county public information officer, Berkeley County; John Scott, Pastoral Assistant, St. Paul’s Summerville; and Jillian Weatherford, project manager, Creekside Consulting.

Event Photography Provided By: Tiffany Hicks Photography 

 Thank you to all of our 2020 Sponsors