Each year, Dr. Nicholas and Adrienne Tarola of Tarola Plastic Surgery, along with National Dance Clubs of Murfreesboro work together to create an evening of fun, fancy dancing, and fundraising called Ballroom BRA. This year’s event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Stones River Country Club.
The event features a ballroom dance competition of several fabulous and local faces benefiting a phenomenal cause, National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.
Many women who have undergone mastectomies are not aware of the options available to them. BRA Day USA is working to change that. The Ballroom BRA is an opportunity to make a difference right here in Rutherford County.
Check out the next couple of pages to learn about those fancy dancers who will be competing in this year’s can’t miss event!
Anthony considers it a blessing that his family and he live in Tennessee. He started practicing orthodontics in Murfreesboro in 2010, and have been blessed by this community ever since.
Ditcharo grew up in a small town in Mississippi and am an Ole Miss alum. Although he and his wife are both originally from Mississippi, they arrived in Tennessee via New York City over seven years ago. They have three children — Dylan (10), Eden (7), and Charlotte (3).
Prior to moving to NYC for orthodontic residency, Anthony owned a dental office and practiced dentistry with his dad, who passed away from cancer a few years ago. Ditcharo has been a dentist for over 14 years, and an orthodontist for the past 10 years. Orthodontics is a pure joy to him, because he has the privilege of witnessing the life-changing impact of a beautiful smile each and every time a patient completes treatment.
Most of his spare time during the past year has been devoted to building a giant treehouse in his backyard. Anthony is excited to step outside his comfort zone while dancing for a great cause.
Prior to taking his current position at MTSU, David Urban served for 24 years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in several different faculty and administrative positions. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan with a business background including duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps, as well as training or research assignments with numerous corporate, government and nonprofit organizations.
Locally, David chairs the Board of Directors for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, is a board member and Development Committee Chair for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, and is a board member for both the Rutherford County Business Education Partnership and the Blue Raider Athletic Association.
David lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Gina, who is a principal in a family business, Urban Expert Services. They have two adult children, Eliza and Alexander, and a poodle named Emma.
Several of David’s extended family members have been victims of breast cancer; three of them not surviving the battle. Participating in Ballroom BRA is an opportunity for him to help people who have been victims of breast cancer or other problems requiring reconstructive surgery.
Carla is an island girl gone country. She is originally from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, with a family of West Indian descent. She and her family moved to Texas during the big oil days in the ‘70s where her family settled. Carla visited the Murfreesboro with friends when she was 20 and fell in love, not only with Tennessee, but a gentleman from this great state.
She moved here when she turned 21 and has never looked back. Carla graduated from MTSU with a degree in psychology. Since, she and her husband purchased a farm and began raising angus cattle and children. Carla is the mother of three kids between the ages of 8 and 13, who are her life. They lost her husband and their father, an Army veteran, in January of 2015 very suddenly and have been on a grief journey trying to move forward and live a fearless life to its fullest.
As part of the healing process, Carla is working toward starting her own non-profit to help widows and widowers who are currently facing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless to help them put their lives back together with purpose. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, bad sci-fi movies, judge shows, great food and wine.
Carla loves being on her farm and sharing time with friends and family where she often finds peace. While supporting a cause close to her, Carla would love to bring a little Caribbean/Indian flair to the dance floor.
Christy Smith Fancher
Christy Smith Fancher is a proud mother of three sweet little girls Carly 11, Collette 8, and Fiona 3. Christy is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She works as a Security Consultant at PowerLink LLC to help people with their residential and commercial security needs.
Christy loves helping protect people’s safety, the people they love, and the things they work hard for. Helping people is an inherent part of Christy’s personality.
Christy loves volunteering and often does whether it be at Providence Christian Academy where her children attend, or a past committee member with Ballroom BRA, Noon Exchange Club, committee for Holiday Fest for Boys & Girls Club, or various church volunteer activities. Christy’s passion to support this cause is near to her heart because her mother has survived a battle with breast cancer.
A regional sales manager for AZZ Nuclear, Dave Davis is a Murfreesboro native. Having spent the majority of his career serving on submarines around the world with the US Navy, he returned home four years ago to help care for his parents.
In addition to participating in this year’s Ballroom BRA, Dave is an active in supporting community charities, especially those fighting cancer, and serves as co-chair for the Power of Pink’s Wine Around the Square.
Cancer has impacted Dave’s life more than once. Having lost his sister, Lisa, to cancer fourteen years ago, Dave was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is currently undergoing a daily chemotherapy regimen and welcomes this opportunity to learn ballroom dancing as a means to improving his health and restoring his energy.
Dana is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who is blessed to work with some of God’s coolest kiddo’s everyday at DreamCatchers Therapy Services, a nonprofit 501c3 outpatient rehabilitation center, which she established in 2004. Dreamcatchers serves special needs children, birth to 22 years.
She honorably serves on Tennessee’s Special Olympics Board of Directors, loves exploring yard sales, traveling, completing outdoor DIY projects, enjoys playing golf and is just starting to appreciate tennis. Dana is excited to partner with another nonprofit agency such as Reconstruction for Life, and participating in the Ballroom BRA event is her way to “PAY IT FORWARD” and lend a helping hand.
There are over one million real estate agents in the United States but only ONE Good Time Tommy. Tommy Davidson is a lifelong resident of Murfreesboro, an only child, raised by a single mother who gave him the world.
Tommy is currently living with his amazing girlfriend, Brittany Rene’, her son Nicholas and dog Lucky. Over the last 14 years, he has worked on becoming an expert in real estate sales, branding, and self-improvement. Tommy believes the real estate transaction doesn’t have to be boring or stressful.
Although Tommy has a tremendous fear of dancing in public, he’s happy to say he agreed to dance with Ballroom BRA. As he says, “When a friend calls you and ask for help, (you) dive right in.” He would do anything to help, and that means facing his biggest fear.
Penny Haas moved to Murfreesboro in 2001 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when she attended Blackman High School, and then Middle Tennessee State University. While earning her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship, Penny ventured into the wedding and event industry.
Penny has planned numerous weddings and events throughout the last six years with Stones River Country Club and now Embassy Suites. She is active in groups including the Murfreesboro Young Professionals and The Boys and Girls Club. Penny enjoys watching and participating in sports and competitions, and she’s always had a passion for dance.
Penny is excited to participate in Ballroom BRA because she likes the energy the event brings to the city and to the cause. The awareness Ballroom BRA creates is pivotal to Reconstructing for Life. The thought of helping someone who has struggled with Breast Cancer or other traumas is moving. The foundation brings back the confidence, abilities, opportunities, and life the individuals deserve.
Teri Daugherty left Minnesota as many young musicians do, in a van with only a few suitcases and a lot of dreams. Originally coming as a Contemporary Christian Artist, Teri spent her 20s singing and working events around Nashville. By the time she was 30 she had already started two other businesses in Nashville and decided traveling and singing was no life for her family.
In 2007 Penny decided it was time for another adventure and with her husband started a Synthetic Turf Field Company. Eventually the business required them to move south for a more regional location. However, Teri missed Nashville, and in 2009, after the sudden death of her husband, she decided it was time to return home. Having sold the business, Teri was wanting to start something new, so Terian Farms Event Center was born.
Today, Teri spends her time between both the event center and another farm, The Meadows of Murfreesboro Horse Farm. This farm houses her ponies that outgrew the event center, helping create “fairytale weddings” for brides from across the United States.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, biking, gardening, reading, and of course dancing, which she can’t wait to show off for Ballroom BRA!
Johnathan and his wife, Holly, moved to Murfreesboro in 2002 from Lexington, Kentucky after meeting at the University of Kentucky. Though bourbon, basketball, and bluegrass are still in his blood, his family and he love living in Middle Tennessee.
As the director of Transformation Office for Newell Brands, David’s work has enabled him to travel all over the world. He has been based out of cities such as Chicago, New York City and Atlanta, but Johnathan and Holly have been intentional about keeping Murfreesboro their home. In his free time, he loves coaching soccer, playing guitar and watching movies with his family.
Johnathan’s family has been affected by breast cancer, and he watched his mother-in-law face the challenges of reconstruction first-hand. His hope is to bring awareness to the issue and help make it a little easier for some of those affected to deal with the situation.
National Dance Club Professionals
For as long as Ballroom BRA has existed, National Dance Club has been partnering to provide quality lessons to each of the contestants to create the amazing performances that complete the event. They are truly dedicated to helping their community and the cause!