Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University, will join community leaders at Independence Center’s annual benefit, Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, on Jan. 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The event supports Independence Center in its mission to assist adults who are living with serious and persistent mental illness.
In preparation for the event, Akande is working with professional dancer Stephanie Medeiros to choreograph a routine – a hip-hop and African-inspired number – which the couple will perform live at the Dancing with the Stars event. The winning couple will be chosen based on the amount of money raised, and Akande has set a personal goal of raising $30,000. Votes can be cast online, and each vote equals $10. All proceeds benefit Independence Center, and there is no limit to the number of votes cast.
“I am honored to participate in Independence Center’s Dancing with the St. Louis Stars benefit,” Akande said. “Mental illness is a challenging diagnosis, but it is not a journey people should take alone. Together, we can ensure that people facing this challenge receive the treatment they need to have a buoyant livelihood moving forward.”
Cast your vote for Akande and Medeiros. Like Akande’s Facebook page.