DANCERS
 
Nine years ago, a fantastic idea to have a new and exciting fundraiser was discussed...and thus, Dancing for Future Stars was born.  The event pairs local "celebrities" with professional dancers from Metropolitan Ballroom in Charlotte, NC to compete for charity.  Judges select the top prize winners by considering the amount of money the dancer raises, as well as the quality of each dance. 

To date the event has raised over $2 million for vital afterschool and summer programming at the Boys & Girls Club.  We know that without the success of this event and the dedication of the dancers year after year, we could not continue to serve over 1,600 youth in need annually.
 
 
 
 
                                    
                                           
  
 
    MEET OUR 2018 CELEBRITY DANCERS!    
 
 

Angie Bloomfield, CaroMont

Angie is a native Gastonia gal, attending Robinson, Grier and Ashbrook High School. She got her start summer swimming at Southampton Racquet and Swim Club then joined the Gaston Gators and then Mecklenberg Aquatic Club in Charlotte from age 7 through her college years. She was recruited to swim for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill under then head coach Frank Comfort. Graduating with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Angie went on the work in film and television in Charlotte, then Los Angeles for 14 years before returning home. Angie currently works with CaroMont IT along side Tom Parnelle for all Epic, Google and any other product implementation or upgrade across CaroMont Regional Medical Center and CaroMont Medical Group clinics.

While in LA, Angie volunteered for many fundraising initiatives, the most successful being the Buckley School Parent Association. Angie helped successfully raise over $1.5mil with live/silent auctions and school fairs for scholarship funds benefiting minority and foreign students. Since returning to Gastonia, Angie joined the Junior League of Gaston County, serving as the League President from 2012-2013, is a current member of the Gastonia Debutante Club and volunteers her time for the Boys and Girls Clubs DFFS events, designing tickets, program, Ads and banners. She is a board member of Gaston Aquatics, an organization currently working to bring an Aquatic Fitness center to Gaston County. She swims with the Gaston Gator's Master Swim team and competes several times a year. 

Angie and her daughter, Liv,13, are members of First ARP Church of Gastonia, where Angie volunteers as the co-director of their Easter production, 'The Resurrection Trail.' Angie and Liv have 2 pets, a Schnoodle named Snickers and a hermit crab named Woody.

 


 Rev. David Christy, First United Methodist Church

David Christy was appointed Sr. Minister of First United Methodist Church on July 1, 2012. David was born in Jefferson N.C. into a "parsonage family", so he grew up across Western North Carolina. His father (deceased) was a minister, and his sister and two brothers are all in ministry in Western North Carolina. He considers Albemarle his hometown because he got to attend high school there. He graduated from Pfeiffer University in 1988 with a B.A. and from Duke Divinity School in 1991 with an M.Div. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.

David is married to Pam, who teaches elementary school. They have two children: Luke, who is a student at Duke Divinity School; and Maggie, who is a student at UNC Chapel Hill. David loves the privilege of getting to be an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He has served in Franklinville-Rehobeth UMC (Randolph County), Fair View UMC (Mt. Mourne), Epworth UMC (Concord), and Central UMC (Canton).

He has served on several boards and agencies in our conference and in each community where he has been. Currently, he serves through the Gastonia Rotary Club, as Co-Chair of Gaston Citizens and Clergy Coalition, on the Board of Gaston Together, on the Board of Greater Gaston Boys & Girls Club, the Board of Disciple Outreach Bible Ministries, Chair of Construx through RFD CDC, and on The Conference Board of Ordained Ministry of the Western North Carolina Conference. David has served as a delegate to the Southeast Jurisdiction and General Conference of the United Methodist Church.

 
 
 
 Chris Dobbins, Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services

Chris Dobbins is the Director of the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services. He previously served as health director, beginning in March 2011. He was raised in Gaston County and is a graduate of North Gaston High School. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill, a Bachelor of Human Resource Management degree from Colorado Christian University and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Chris served 22 years in the United States Air Force, before retiring in 2004. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Gaston County Health Department for five years.

Chris currently serves on a variety of boards and committees including the UNCC Public Health Advisory Board, the Governor's Stroke Prevention Task Force and the Gaston County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. He is Vice Chair of the NC Public Health Accreditation Board, is Chair of the Gaston Community Healthcare Commission and was elected in 2017 to serve on The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board of Directors. In January of 2017, Chris was named the Health Director of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors.

  


Mark E. Epstein, DVM , Total Bond Veterinary Hospitals
 

Dr. Epstein received his Bachelor of Science from N.C. State University, and DVM from University of Georgia. He has called Gastonia home for 32 years and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in Gastonia, Lake Wylie and Charlotte area  that received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline Specialist) and is a past-president of ABVP.  He is certified by the American Academy of Pain Management, is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation.   Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force.  He, is published in journals*  and textbooks**, is a national and international lecturer on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in the veterinary clinical setting, and a nominee for Western Veterinary Conference’s 2016 Small Animal Continuing Educator of the Year.  In Gastonia he has served on numerous Boards, serving as president of the Gastonia Jaycees, United Arts Council, Temple Emanuel, and most recently, Gaston Dance Theatre.  He also participates in leadership of the Gaston Interfaith Trialogue, a group of individuals from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faith communities meeting since 2001.   


 
  

Amanda Yandle Hommell, NewBridge Children's Academy

Amanda Yandle Hommell has been a Gaston County resident for the past 18 years. She resides in Belmont with her husband of 19 years, Michael. They take pride in their two children Luke (4) and Lillian (1). A fun fact is that Lillian made a grand entrance at the "corner of healthy and happy” in the parking lot at Walgreen’s in Belmont in 2016. Amanda graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. During college, Amanda was named a spokesperson for the National Character Counts! Coalition. She was selected as a "Forty Leader Under Forty” in Guilford County and a  WFMY Channel 2’s "Those Who Care” Award Recipient. She taught for 11 years in the North Carolina Public School System. For six years, she was the K-1 Horizons Teacher at Barringer Academic Center specializing in providing an advanced academic curriculum for profoundly gifted children in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. In 2003, she was selected as Teacher of the Year. In 2008, Amanda fulfilled a lifelong dream and became the Director and owner of NewBridge Children’s Academy in Belmont. Each year 90 children learn and grow within the walls of NewBridge and Amanda feels simply privileged to be a part of each child’s life. Amanda attends Connections Church in Belmont where she is a member of the Worship and Children’s Church Teams. Amanda grew up taking tap, lyrical, and ballet classes through high school. She also had roles in several plays with the Uwharrie Players in her hometown of Albemarle and she was a lead performer in "Theater in the Schools” in Greensboro. She is excited to try a completely different style of dance while supporting a wonderful organization such as the Boys and Girls Club of Gaston County. Giving back has always been important to Amanda and what better way to combine many of her loves together while participating in this amazing event: dance, community service, and children.  



  
Charmaine Luvis Kennedy, MD, CaroMont 

Charmaine was born and raised in Gastonia. After graduating from Ashbrook High school she attended East Tennessee State University on a tennis scholarship and graduated with a bachelors in chemistry and minor in Spanish.  During her college years she spent most of her summers volunteering on mission trips in Nicaragua and Sri Lanka. Her passion for helping others took her to medical school at Lake Erie College of Medicine. There she met her husband Kurt who at the time was in pharmacy school. After medical school she finished residency in Cleveland OH and then moved back to Gastonia with her husband in 2011 to start practicing with her father, Dr Claude Luvis. Charmaine also works as a nocturnist at Caromont Hospital since 2012 and also works part time at Catawba Regional Hospice. In her free time she dedicates to being with her twin girls, Karina and Kiera and traveling with her husband. 

 

 

 
 
 
Rev. Lauren S. Vanacore, First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia
 

Lauren is the Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia where she has served since 2011.  She grew up in Altavista, Virginia, and is a graduate of Greensboro College and Princeton Theological Seminary.  Lauren has served on the Board of Crisis Assistance Ministry of Christians and Jews of Gastonia and the Committee on Examinations for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.  Additionally, she has been involved with the Interfaith Trialogue of Gastonia.  She currently serves on the Boards of Junior Assembly and the Glenn Foundation.  Lauren is married to Jeff and they have two sons, Will and James.  

 
 
 
 
 
 


Charles Winter, II, NLJC Print and National Junior League of Cotillions

Charles Winters has worked with the National League of Junior Cotillions for over seven years and established NLJC Print in 2012.  He currently oversees all operations for NLJC Print and the finance, marketing, and sales divisions as the Director of Operations for the corporate office.  Charles is passionately working to carry out NLJC's mission to build the leaders of tomorrow through invaluable social and life skills training.  He works diligently with corporate staff and directors nationwide to support the development of confident, responsible, and well-respected young adults.  NLJC is considered the nation's leader in etiquette and social skills education.  By training highly-qualified local directors to establish programs in their own communities, Charles looks forward to continuing NLJC's legacy of excellence in character education.   

 As a child, Charles was trained in social dance by his parents, NLJC founders Charles Sr. and Anne Winters.  He has always enjoyed both social dance and participating in community activities and philanthropic endeavors.  He was involved in the dance training for the student of the Boys and Girls Club during the first year of the Dancing for Future Stars.   

 When he isn't busy working with NLJC, Charles enjoys golfing, hunting, and spending time with his wife Jennifer and daughters Hallie Anne (7) and Charlotte Kayte (2). He couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Dancing for Future Stars program this year.