Carroll Countians are stepping up to participate in "Dancing with the Stars" gala competitions to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association.
Jane Sewell, Executive Director of the Union Mills Homestead Foundation in Westminster, will dance in the Baltimore Memory Ball Gala, April 13.
Built in 1797, Union Mills is the original home of the Shriver family, of which Sewell is a descendant. Carroll County owns the property and the Foundation operates it as a museum and raises funds to keep it going. Sewell has been director for the past 13 years.
"l am dancing this year to honor the memory of my cousin, Robert Sargent Shriver, who was one of the most delightful, charming, and 'elegant' men I have ever known," Sewell said. "Sargent was the first Director of the Peace Corps, and was also the Ambassador to France, he suffered from Alzheimer’s for about 8 years, and passed away in January, 2011 at the age of 95."
Mt. Airy couple Mary Beth Luber and Ryan Burns will dance in the Forget-Me-Not Gala in Frederick on April 20.
MaryBeth's parents own an in-home care business called Right at Home, and she is a gerontology major at Hood College. Ryan works at Right at Home. Visit their fundraising web page at http://act.alz.org/goto/RyanBurns.MaryBethLuber
Visit Sewell's Dancing Stars webpage http://act.alz.org/goto/JaneSewell.