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2017 Event Sponsors

Big Easy Foods Logo Center for Orthopaedics Logo CITGO Logo Civil Construction and Enviromental Services Logo Lauberge Casino Resort Lake Charles logo Port Aggregates logo Southside Machine Works logo
Rick Sweeney

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Rick Sweeney is a native of Lake Charles. He attended LaGrange High School and was active in all sports, excelling in baseball. Rick was named All American Baseball player in 1982 and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He turned down the offer to attend McNeese State University. After attending McNeese, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he ran an HVAC and refrigeration company. In 2002, he returned to his roots in Lake Charles and opened State Refrigeration, Inc. in 2003. After thirteen years in business, State Refrigeration has grown to service the majority of restaurants, schools, hotels, and casinos in Lake Charles and the surrounding areas. State Refrigeration is a corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots and was recognized in 2015 for outstanding support of SWLA. Rick enjoys fishing, golfing, and traveling with his wife, Carmen Sweeney. Rick and Carmen have three children and one granddaughter.

 

 

 

Amanda Yellott

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Amanda was born in Houma, Louisiana and now lives Sulphur, Louisiana. She first started dancing at age 12, and a desire for the art was quickly born. Amanda became a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist in 2012. She is currently the school and business liaison for Dancing Classrooms and the director of The Whistle Stop’s DanceSport Program, developing competitive ballroom dance teams in middle and high schools across SWLA.

Amanda loves the Dancing Classrooms program and believes that teaching from the heart with passion and witnessing the art of ballroom dance transform children into young ladies and gentlemen. The confidence, elegance, and class Dancing Classrooms inspires cannot be taught sitting in a classroom. Amanda won the Originality Award twice: in 2014 with celebrity partner, Lee Peck, and in 2015 with Doug Gehrig. In Last year’s event, she won 3rd place with her partner Derrick Kee.

 

 

Music: Ballroom Blitz

by:     Sweet

Dance Style: Quickstep


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Ballroom Sponsors
Cheniere Energy logo Childrens Clinic of Southwest Louisiana logo Doris Rozas
Hope Therapy Center logo Johnson Firm logo Shayna Sonnier logo
Studio 901 State Refrigeration Christus Wound Center
Media Sponsor Participating Studios
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Bayouland Ballroom in Lake Charles

Tammy Palmer’s Center Stage