Sharon Penner and Marty Evans

Sharon E Penner

Sharon E Penner is known to be “A Force for Good” in many areas of her life, starting with her direct sales business with Origami Owl® Custom Jewelry. In the 7 plus years, Sharon has been associated with Origami Owl®, her business is thriving from customers to business partners that make up a team of over 70 members, servicing the local mountain region and has broadened nationwide.

Service has always been Sharon’s passion. From the beaches of Venice, Florida to the shores of South Korea, Sharon proudly served our country in the U.S. Army until 1989. Shortly after leaving the corps, she entered the civilian workforce that brought her to north GA through various jobs including but not limited to, positions as a supervisor, an office manager, and many other leadership roles.

In her personal life, Sharon stays busy taking care of her four kitties and also enjoys traveling, baking, spending time with her family, friends and her Sipping Society Sisters! Sharon pursues her love of the community as Union County Relay for Life Executive Board Member, Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and local Alzheimer’s Association volunteer. Sharon founded the annual Blairsville Holiday Stop and Shop that features a buy-local event each December. She was recognized with the Origami Owl® “Force for Good Award” award in 2017 for her community service.

Sharon is very excited to be participating in Dancing with the North Georgia Stars and raising funds for Enotah CASA. Being in the foster system herself from the age of 18 months until she was 8 years old (when she officially became a Penner), she knows how it feels to have an advocate speak for her. Every child needs an advocate.

Marty Evans

Hi, I’m Marty Evans. I am a lover of all kinds of dance. My husband, Dave, and I took ballroom dance lessons for around 10 years when we were living in Kansas City, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Chicago. We both really enjoy dancing together. It has been described as the most fun a couple can have in a vertical position, and I have to agree.

When we moved to Blairsville about 10 years ago we found that our ballroom dance opportunities were limited, so we decided to take line dancing lessons at OASIS at the First United Methodist Church. I really enjoyed it. Dave has many hobbies that come first that include photography, pickleball, and gardening, but guess what? I can line dance on my own!

So I continued with line dancing classes and workshops wherever I could find them. I found that line dancing not only includes country music and dancing but also many of the ballroom dances that I was familiar with such as rumba, cha-cha, mambo, tango, foxtrot, and waltz.

What a win for me! I currently teach line dancing at OASIS and occasionally teach at the senior center.

Thank you for your support of CASA. I am proud to be part of this wonderful event to raise money for them.