May 03, 2019
Taylor Porter employee and professional dancer Joanna Chustz, a software support specialist in the Firm’s IT department, performed at the 13th Annual “Dancing for Big Buddy” fundraiser, held April 27, 2019, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU’s campus. The annual event raises funds for the Big Buddy Program.
This was the second year in a row Chustz performed at the event. Modeled after the hit ABC TV show, the fundraiser showcases community leaders and prominent citizens as they transform into star dancers to present live ballroom performances with their professional dance partners.
This year, Chustz teamed up with Branden Barker, of Barker Property Management, and the two won the "Fan's Choice" award for their performance.
Chustz has been a feature dancer in numerous productions throughout her years of training, and transitioned to a professional dancer seven years ago.
The Big Buddy Program provides ongoing asset-based programming for youth ages 5 to 18 focused on building resiliency against poverty, crime and academic failure, and Big Buddy has been serving young people in the Baton Rouge community for more than 35 years at an average of approximately 500 young people per week. The core services include mentoring, extended learning, and workforce development.
Special thanks to Alpha Media and Public Relations for the photos.