Q&A with Dancing for a Cause participant Heather McClleland and Stephen Allain

Allison B. Hudson

Dancing for A Cause will take place on July 14 at the Lamar Dixon Center in Gonzales and the event will be hosted by lawyer Matthew Pryor and JoJo Newsom. Parish President Tommy Martinez is the honorary chairman.

Tickets are available by calling Sharon Morris at 225-955-4683 or the ARC at 225-621-2000. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are available too.

Q&A with Heather

1. So, you’re taking part in Dancing for a Cause this year.  What made you decide to get involved?

I have covered COEA’s events for The Advocate for years, and have seen the organization’s good work first hand.   Couple that with a super fun way to raise money, and who could say no?

2. Do you have any dancing experience? 

I have had a few swing dancing and belly dancing lessons, but nothing that could have prepared me for this.

3.  What are you most looking forward to on the night of the event?

I can’t wait to see the other stars perform!

4. Why is a program like COEA so important to our community?

COEA provides education, social opportunities and leadership that enhance the quality of life for individuals who are often overlooked. By promoting self-esteem and equality, our community is stronger as a whole.  Ascension is lucky to have COEA, driven by dedicated staff and leaders, in its backyard.  

Q&A with Stephen

1. So, you’re taking part in Dancing for a Cause this year.  What made you decide to get involved?

I volunteered last year serving dinner and when I saw everyone up there dancing I just knew that I needed to be up there because I kind of like dancing. The idea to do something that you enjoy and it actually benefits others makes it that much more enjoyable and worthwhile. I just like helping people too!

2. Do you have any dancing experience?

No professional experience what so ever, I just always had a tendency to be the icebreaker and loved entertaining.

3What are you most looking forward to on the night of the event?

 Having a great time with friends raising money for a great cause and of course taking home the trophy!

4. Why is a program like COEA so important to our community?

It is improves the quality of life in our community. When we have more to offer and do not just cater to a certain type or group of people it brings in diversity which deepens the very culture in which our children group up in and does not put limitations on their life and blinders on their eyes.