Pierre Landaiche, Vice President & General Manager of MMG-Memphis Cook Convention Center, is the first champion at the “First Annual Steppin with the Stars Showcase and Benefit” sponsored by The Black Rose Foundation for Children (BRF) and Ujima Family Wellness Center (UFWC).
Landaiche competed before an audience of nearly 300 people at Central Station last Saturday (Dec. 10). He became the champion after three months of online voting, along with three judges’ votes and the audience casting their votes at the event. His partner and instructor was Pamela Thompson of Mid-South Steppers.
The second place couple was Patrick “Trey” Carter (Olympic Staffing) and Sheena Clark (Unique Steppers), with third place going to Kym Clark (Action News 5) and John Black (So Cold Entertainment).
The three other couples that competed were: Gale Jones Carson (MLGW) and Gregory Dixon (Unique Steppers); Rep. G.A. Hardaway and Carolyn Rawlins (Elite Steppers); and Tomeka Hart (Memphis Urban League) and Michael Armstrong (Elite Steppers). Isaac “Elle” Lias, president of South Style Steppin’, one of the six steppin’ organizations in the Memphis area, was the instruction and choreography coordinator.
The purpose of the event was to raise funds for organizations that serve disadvantaged children and their families. The event was the result of a partnership between the two sponsoring non-profit organizations and local steppin’ classes. The local classes represented were Elite Steppers of Memphis, Mid-South Steppers, So Cold Entertainment and Unique Steppers of Memphis.
Sponsors for the event were Security Signals, Inc. R, Wellington Financial Services, Shelby County Tennessee Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Cake Crate Company, Comcast, Cummins, Right at Home in Home Assistance, LeMoyne-Owen Community Development Corporation, United Way of the Mid-South, the Senior Retirement Coach and Sen. Reginald Tate.
Proceeds will benefit organizations that offer programs for foster children, children of incarcerated parents, mentoring, physical and mental health.