Dancing with the Silver Stars II event set for Nov. 7

The second UAB Center for Aging Dancing with the Silver Stars will be held Nov. 7 at The Club.

Dancing with the Silver Stars II, presented by Alacare Home Health & Hospice and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, takes place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at The Club. Funds raised at Dancing with the Silver Stars II will support the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Aging in its effort to maintain the health, independence and well-being of older adults – and the people who care for them.


Anyone who has faced the challenge of caring for an older adult – a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or spouse – understands the need to know how to keep that loved one mentally sharp, physically mobile, safe and independent for as long as possible. Dancing with the Silver Stars II, a high-energy salute to senior citizens, will help fund Center for Aging research programs and patient care programs.

Dancing with the Silver Stars II pairs local corporate and civic leaders with area professional dancers for a spirited celebration of aging.

Local celebrity dancers are:

Frank Falkenburg, Managing Director, NBC Securities, Inc.
Dr. Harold Jones, Dean, UAB School of Health Professions
Dr. Emily Omura, Professor Emerita, UAB Department of Dermatology
Barbara O’Neal, Community Volunteer
The Hon. Oliver Robinson, Alabama House of Representatives, Pres. Robinson & Robinson Communications, LLC
Jane Kaul Wilson, Community Volunteer


Fabian and Jackie Sanchez, owners of the local Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Hoover, will dance with of each of the local star dancers. Fabian is an ABC network Dancing with the Stars veteran who competed with actress Marlee Matlin in the show’s sixth season.

In addition to the star-studded dance routines by the local celebrity dancers, attendees will enjoy special entertainment by the Birmingham Sugar Babies, a dancing group of ladies ranging in age from 53 to 72 years young. The event also includes a cocktail reception and dinner. 

The event emcees are Brenda Ladun with ABC 33/40 and Shelley Stewart with o2ideas.

The planning committee includes:

Lydia Cheney
Ronne M. Hess
Elise Penfield
Esther Schuster
Sandy Tilt


The 2010 Dancing with the Silver Stars event raised more than $80,000 to support specific program needs including assistive hearing devices for geriatric patients seen by UAB doctors, expansion of the Alzheimer Family Program for caregivers, undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students pursuing mentored research in aging, faculty training in geriatrics and new faculty recruitment. Support for this year’s event will make a tremendous impact on UAB’s efforts to help older adults – and the people who care for them – maintain health, function and well-being.

Dancing with the Silver Stars II is open to the public. For ticket information, contact:

Jo Self, joself@uab.edu, 205.975-5659 or go to www.medicine.uab.edu/dwtss



Tables come with special benefits

Cha-Cha: $5,000

Rhumba: $2,500

Foxtrot: $1,500



Solo Act (Individual Tickets): $100 each      

Anyone who purchases a ticket or table to the event will be eligible to win one of the following services for older adults, for themselves, or a loved one:

  • Safe Driving Assessment with Dr. Karlene Ball, Chair, UAB Department of Psychology
  • Fitness Assessment with Dr. Marcas Bamman, Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine
  • In-Home Fall Risk Assessment with Dr. Cynthia Brown, Section Head, UAB Geriatric Medicine
  • VIP Tour of the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit at UAB Highlands with Dr. Kellie Flood, Medical Director, UAB ACE Unit