Louisville native Ashlee Gray Johnson is competing in “Dancing With Prospect Stars,” Sunday, Feb. 21, to raise money for Family & Children’s Place. The event, in its third year, is hosted by the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce and immediately follows the annual Taste of Prospect, which offers samples from many of the community’s best restaurants and caterers.
Johnson is one of 10 community members donating their time and talent to help charities they each have chosen. In the event’s first two years, dancers have collected more than $65,000 for local nonprofits while also providing important exposure for all the charities.
Johnson works as director and counsel of Liability Claims for Kindred Healthcare, an agency supporter, and is a member of several bar associations.
Citing why she is dancing to raise funds for Family & Children’s Place, she said, “I have always had a special place in my heart for children. After having children of my own, this place is larger and deeper. It pains me to think about people abusing innocent, trusting, joyful children.
“However, if such a tragedy does occur, I am glad to know that the Family & Children’s Place is there to help pick up the pieces.”
For the event, each “star” works with a professional dance instructor from Derby City Ballroom. During the four months that lead up to the big night, the stars accept donations on behalf of their chosen charities, with each dollar donated counting as one vote.
The dance competition and Taste of Prospect take place from 5- 6:30 p.m., at Bill Collins Ford. Tickets are $125 each and available on the event website (here’s the link to Johnson’s ticket page), or by calling the PACC office at 502-228-7493. Tickets include a delicious meal catered by Ladyfinger’s Catering. There will be a cash bar available throughout the evening and a live auction is planned with a few, select items.
You can keep up with the event and the stars’ progress via Facebook.