Dance for a Cause

KDH Foundation plans dance contest
to benefit cancer center

Dinner, dance to be held at
Clifty Falls State Park lodge

(November 2014) – Breast cancer survivor Toni Huff of Milton, Ky., will never forget the day she was given her diagnosis. A mother of two children, she knew there was no other option but to recover completely. When she was approached by the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Foundation to participate in the “Dancing With the Stars” gala in order to help raise money for a new cancer center, she knew that this was her chance to give back to a cause that she knows is a worthy one.


Huff, 48, said she will happily join 11 other dancers, or “stars,” as the main entertainment in the competition portion of the event. 
The KDH Foundation has been the supporter of many worthy causes since 2005. It was developed in order to promote improved health through supportive programs, scholarships and fundraisers. On Nov. 15, the foundation will be playing host to its first gala event as part of the Hope and Healing campaign to raise money for the cancer center.
The “Dancing With the Stars” gala will be held in the Overlook Room at the Inn at Clifty Falls State Park. It will include dinner and dancing and is open to the public.
The new cancer center, meanwhile, will be located at the main hospital campus. The current treatment center is located at the foot of Michigan Hill downtown. This location is miles away from the hospital.
Sue Livers, the foundation’s director, says that a cancer patient who has been admitted to the hospital would need to be transported by ambulance in order to receive necessary treatment.
Huff adds that the care she received from the KDH staff was excellent. However, the space was small and the privacy was limited. It is necessary for a patient undergoing outpatient care to sit in a room for hours in order to receive their treatments. Visitors are more than welcome to sit with these patients, but it can become crowded quickly.
“A spacious and comfortable atmosphere would be wonderful,” Huff says. She added that the ordeal of having cancer does not end when treatment ends. There are numerous follow-up appointments and new daily medicines to try. Improved facilities and environment would enable the KDH staff to provide state of the art care as well as providing a comfortable space for patients and their families.
Livers meets frequently with a Special Events Committee made up of Kathy Rohlfing, Pam Kimmel, Mary Davee and Reenie Getz. The group wanted to plan an event that would be fun for everyone, while enabling people to support the community by raising money for the cancer center. “Everybody loves dancing,” Livers says.
The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction. The silent auction is made up of items donated from businesses and individuals in the community and include a Myrtle Beach vacation package, a handmade quilt, various autographed sports memorabilia, gift certificates and much more.
At 6 p.m., the dining and dancing will begin. Dinner will consist of a choice of prime rib, salmon or vegetable lasagna. Festivities will continue until 9 p.m. when the dance contest will commence. The dancers will all be performing the same steps taught by Paula Hartman, wife of KDH’s Social Services Coordinator Paul Hartman. Paula has taught dance in the past when she owned and operated the Let’s Dance Studio. All dancers will be performing at the same time to music arranged by Tim Torrance.
The competition will consist of three line dances: the Cupid Shuffle, Boot Scootin Boogie, and the Wobble. Dancers will be judged by Al Huntington, Betsey Vonderheide, Tony Waltz and Fred Koehler. In the event of a tie, an additional dance has been prepared and practiced by all contestants.
Also among the competing dancers will be Jefferson County Sheriff John Wallace. “I can’t imagine suffering from such a difficult disease and needing to travel for treatment,” Wallace said. “I want our community to have the very best treatment here at home.” He added that it will be worth the price of admission to see him dance. “It’s going to get ugly.”
The dress code for the evening is party attire, but Livers adds that she wants everyone to feel comfortable. “The bottom line is we need to raise money.”
Tickets for the gala are $75 per person and are available at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, the Madison Are Chamber of Commerce, and the Clifty Drive and Hanover branches of River Valley Financial Bank.

• Those interested may also obtain tickets online at: www.kdhmadison.org or by contacting Livers at (812) 801-0555 or via email at: livers@kdhmadison.org.

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