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Dinner-Dance Benefits American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss, All Stars Helping Kids

Dallas, TX (September 10, 2007)—Philanthropist Ruth Altshuler and former Dallas Cowboy stars Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach will be serving as honorary chairs for the "Dancing with a Vision" dinner-dance on September 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The black-tie event is being held to support the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss and All Stars Helping Kids.

Phyllis George, former Miss Texas, Miss America and First Lady of Kentucky, will be emcee for the program, which includes a dance performance by Emmitt Smith, winner of the "Dancing with the Stars" television competition, an exhibition dance by professional dancers Sergey and Michelle, and another by the Dallas Summer Musicals School of Musical Theater. American pop singer—and former "Dancing with the Stars" competitor—Willa Ford, will also attend the event.

An auction with only five very special unusual items will be conducted by professional auctioneer Louis Murad, with ad lib assistance from Mrs. Altshuler, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Staubach.

The American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss, and its online component, AFB Senior Site, were created to help older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases—a growing public health problem in this country. At the Dallas Center visitors can walk through a model vision loss-friendly apartment, try out the various low- and high-tech gadgets in a realistic home setting, get ideas for modifications they can make in their own homes, and find out where to obtain the products.

All Stars Helping Kids was founded in 1989 by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. It is a galvanizing force and vehicle for individuals and corporate partners to invest in the future of children and their communities. Motivated by the idea that if you can do more, you should, Ronnie teamed with Marcus Allen and Emmitt Smith in 2006 to create a National Community Fund that pools the resources of athletes, individual donors, and corporate partners interested in transforming the lives of millions of disadvantaged children.

Mrs. Altshuler, who receives several requests every week to be the honorary chair of some worthy charity event, was asked why she chose this one. "Three reasons," she said. "One, Roger wanted me to do it. Two, I wanted to meet Emmitt, and three, I am very close to the AFB Center on Vision Loss and to Judy Scott, the director."

As a child, she said, she had the "honor and pleasure of being in the company of Helen Keller because Ms. Keller's brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Philips Brooks, were best friends of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carr P. Collins.

"Everyone at the event will be dancing for two important causes benefiting seniors and children," said Judy Scott, Director of AFB Center on Vision Loss.

The event is at 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2007, at the Hilton Anatole.

Media Contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications

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