Women's Impact Report: Lifetime Impact Honorees
Who: Katie Holmes is a screen and stage actress who can be seen currently in “The Romantics” opposite Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel. Holmes recently wrapped filming “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” due out in January, and next up will star in “Jack and Jill” opposite Adam Sandler and helmed by Dennis Dugan. Holmes made her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” Other film credits include “The Extra Man” (2010) opposite Kevin Kline and John C. Reilly, “Mad Money” (2008) and “Thank You for Smoking” (2005).
What: Dizzy Feet Foundation was created to award scholarships to students enrolled at accredited dance institutions, including the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Juilliard School, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy and Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Dizzy Feet Foundation has raised more than $280,000 since its inception in June 2009. Some of that money also has funded community dance programs in low income areas across the country.
Why: “Dancing is such a wonderful outlet,” Holmes says. “There are so many talented people out there, and it breaks my heart when somebody really talented can’t pursue something because they don’t have the money or the resources.” She says that arts programs are often the first to be cut from schools, and Dizzy Feet Foundation can provide resources when they might not otherwise be available. “Also, my daughter loves dancing,” she adds. “I look at her and I see how much joy she gets in it and I think, ‘Gosh, how many kids are there that really want to do this and don’t have that opportunity,’ and I want to help those kids. To me, it really kind of connected in that way.”
What’s next: “We try to raise more money to give more scholarships,” Holmes says. “Eventually maybe we’ll create a school, but in our first couple of years, we’re looking to find as many kids as possible and help as many people as possible.” Holmes adds that the charity will likely hold another gala soon; last year’s scholarship recipients performed in showcases. She says, “I’m sure I will be involved in lots of causes, but for now I want to focus on continuing arts education.”