Dancing with the Stars at the EyeBall

What do Congresswoman Diane Black , Congressman Glen Casada, news anchors Rudy Kalis and Vicki Yates, real estate businesswoman Shirley Zeitlin, and world-renowned cataract and LASIK surgeon Dr. Ming Wang all have in common? Ballroom dancing at this year’s annual EyeBall!


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Ch 4 WSMV reporting, of anchor Rudy Kalis dancing at “Dancing with the stars at EyeBall 2012”

On Saturday, September 29th, 2012, the “who's who” of Nashville put on their tuxes and ball gowns, and waltzed the night away at the 8th annual "EyeBall", which took place at downtown’s Renaissance Hotel. This evening of splendor was hosted by the 501c(3) non-profit charity, the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration (www.WangFoundation.com) and its founder, Dr. Ming Wang. To date, the foundation has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. This year's  EyeBall, attended by nearly 500 guests, was an affair to remember. Featuring the first ever "Dancing with the Stars at the EyeBall", local celebrities participated in a ballroom dancing competition, judged by three talented judges, Congresswoman Diane BlackDanceworld owner and professional teacher Danny Baye, and “dancing doctor”, Dr. Ming Wang. Following this entertaining event were breathtaking ballroom dance shows in waltz and Latin American cha cha, performed by professional dancers. To add to the grandeur of the evening, guests enjoyed a silent auction of luxurious items hosted by The Diamond Corporation, a delicious gourmet dinner, a captivating magic show by magician Kevin King, and songs by featured vocalist Mirka Snellenburg, who was accompanied by a dynamic African folk dance group from the Global Educational Center and a spectacular live band. As you can imagine, this black tie soiree was anything BUT black and white! Later, Danny and Sharlene Baye got everyone on the dance floor where they were given a ballroom dance lesson in swing and waltz.


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The EyeBall 2012 chair, Congresswoman Diane Black, gave a keynote speech, followed by foundation patient, Martha Adams’ emotional testimonial about the pain and agony of once being blind and living in darkness, and the joy and awe of now having sight as a result of the remarkable sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge by the foundation doctors. EyeBall attendees also watched a video about the foundation’s research and the development of the world’s first amniotic membrane contact lens to restore sight to the blind. For their contributions and support, foundation board members and sponsors were acknowledged, including Mark Hilliard, Darrell Denson, Dr. Jeff Carter, Tonya Sherell, Dr. Rob Szeliga, Alan Davenport, Eliud Trevino, Dr. Craig McCabe, Dr. Bob Simon, Ann and Tony Hollingsworth, Charles Grummon, Carol Waugh, Scott Mertie, James Looper, Vivien Wang, Brenda Lee, Dr. Helen Boerman, Ted Welch and Dr. Amy Waymire.


Local celebrities spotted at EyeBall 2012 also included Colleen Conway-Welch and Ted Welch, and Farcin and Ziba Fardowsi.


Eyeball pictures

01sConngresswoman and EyeBAll 2012 chair Diane Black

martha_adamssFoundation patient Martha Adams who used to be blind and now can see!

02s“Dancing with the stars at EyeBall” three judges: Dr. Ming Wang, EyeBall 2012 Chair Congresswoman Diane Black and Danny Baye.

03sDr Ming Wang

04sVicki Yates, Jonathan Bungard, Juanita Simanekova, Rudy Kalis, Jennifer Kirksmith and Glen Casada.

05sEyeball invite on table

06sEyeBall scene with a big eye ball on screen

08sTN Congressman Glen Casada and Jennifer Kirksmith.

09sMing & Paris


Eyeball pictures


11sRudy Kalis and Juanita Simanekova.

  12sShirley Zeitlin and Dennis Woods.

  13sVicki Yates and Jonathan Bungard.

  14sDr Wang, Colleen Conway-Welch, and Ted Welch

15sAfrican dancer

16African drummers

17sJennifer Kirksmith and Dennis Woods

18sJennifer Kirksmith and Dennis Woods in practice

19sJuanita Simanekova and Jonathan Bungard.