DANCING SUCCESS

In the first year of the event the Boys & Girls Club raised $50,000.  By year five, we raised $300,000.  Dancing for Future Stars has quickly become the highest grossing single night event fundraiser for all Boys & Girls Clubs in North Carolina.  The extra funds and awareness Dancing for Future Stars brings has allowed the Club to increase its membership by fifty percent.  This is a difference of serving 700 kids annually to serving 1,600 through afterschool and summer membership programs and community outreach.  Many multi-million dollar clubs in larger US cities struggle to replicate Gaston’s revenue success from a single night event.

The population of Gaston County is 208,000, where 73,000 live within the city of Gastonia. Overall, Gaston County is far from affluent – textile mills were the main industry that employed a majority of the county’s citizens.  Today, however, most of these mills have closed and the buildings left abandoned or transformed into shops and apartments.  Gastonia is a small suburban community that has found a recipe for big fundraising that works.

Many partnerships have blossomed beyond the dancing stage.  Professional dancers from Metropolitan Ballroom in Charlotte, NC, have taken their talents beyond performing and teaching Dancing’s celebrity participants.  Award-winning dancers, Ranko Bogosavac and Darinka Divljak, have begun teaching Boys & Girls Club kids how to ballroom dance – Tango, Swing, and Fox Trot!  The kids are looking forward to showcasing their dance moves at the next Dancing for Future Stars event!