Revolution Ballroom Professional Dancer Marcia Mitchell & Star Dancer Wes Bonner will be competing at the Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia gala to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. This fun, annual event pairs pro dancers with local stars who train together to perform a ballroom dance raising funds and awareness for charity. Last year’s event raised over $230,000 to serve those in need right here in our local area.
Wes will be dancing in honor of his mother Nancy Hillis, a Savannah performer and icon, aka “Mandy” from the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Nancy was one of the last Red Hot Mama’s of Savannah. She was a stunningly beautiful Dixieland jazz singer who performed all over Savannah but mostly in a bar that she owned with Joe Odom called Sweet Georgia Browns. Wes’s mother fought Alzheimer’s for 5 years before retiring to perform on the stages of heaven in August 2016. Both Wes’s father, a professional boxer, and his stepfather, an ER physician, suffered also from Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and so this charity is near and dear to Wes’s heart.
Wes and Marcia will be dancing to Nancy’s anthem, “Hard Hearted Hannah” (the Vamp of Savannah). Coincidentally Nancy’s autobiography that she wrote in the last 3 years of her life is also called “Vamp of Savannah”. This song was popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, but Wes and Marcia are honored to perform to the actual recording of his mother’s last performance of her theme song. We can’t think of a more touching tribute to from a son for his mother.
From Wes Bonner:
“I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I only lived there briefly as I was destined to live South Georgia between my mom’s Bed and Breakfast (The Hamilton Turner House) home in Savannah and her home on St. Simons Island. I attended the Darlington School as a boarding student, not because I was a bad kid but because it was a family tradition. Although, I was known to be a little bad. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Public Relations. I worked at local radio station where I did voice over for commercials and public service announcements. In addition, I emceed Miss. Georgia Southern contest and other various events such as fashion shows, and game show contests. My hobbies are playing basketball, photography, eating specifically donuts and bacon, and traveling all over however I always end up in the US and British VI. I play on a basketball team called Bad Donkey. We travel all over the country and compete in NBA Hoopit Up tournaments. In 2012 we were ranked second in the World. We play every year at the NCAA final four tournaments as well. Also, I am a float lieutenant in a Mardi Gras Krewe called the Krewe of Morpheus. If you ever want to feel like a rockstar, join a Krewe and ride on a Mardi Gras float in New Orleans. It will change your life. My mother’s motto was, “if you can’t hide it decorate it”. I live by the old adage that tan fat equals muscle so I always keep a strong tan year round. I competed and won the only “Yo Mama” contest I ever entered. I believe Diet Coke is the nectar of the Gods.
I have no dance experience other than the King Tutt move I learned from a breakdancing movie years ago and the traditional old man dance where you keep everything between the shoulders. I would imagine my ability to move and my curvy figure will really align with the Latin dances. I have spent the majority of my career working for pharmaceutical companies (17 years) in the Savannah area on the sales side. I am now VP, Business Development and PI liaison representative for Meridian Clinical Research. It is a very rewarding career to bring new and novel medications to market that truly help so many people that have lost hope throughout the disease process. We have a Neurological Research site here in Savannah that does Alzheimer’s and Dementia research that potentially can change a patient’s life.
Please vote for me, not just because I’m another pretty face or have the dance moves of a Hough (DWTS) but because I want to make a difference and touch the life of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. So, please help me capitalize on the refuse2lose mentality and vote for me for the 2017 Dancing with the Stars Champion. #refuse2lose”
JOIN US FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL DANCING STARS OF COASTAL GEORGIA
Join us at this fun-filled, star-studded event on Friday, June 9th. The gala will be held at the Savannah Trade & Convention Center. Table seating doors open at 7:00 pm with cocktails and dinner. The dance competition starts at 8:00 pm. Dress is cocktail attire.
You can vote for Wes and Marcia by making a donation, purchasing tickets or a table, or becoming a sponsor of the event.
$1.00 = 1 Vote