DANCERS
 
Eight years ago, one very creative Board Member and volunteer came to Club staff with a fantastic idea for a new fundraising event...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 $1.5 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 2017 CELEBRITY DANCERS!  

 
 

Kathryn Caulfield, MD, The Hand Center of the Carolinas - CaroMont Medical Group

Kathryn is originally from Pittsburgh, PA however she has lived in Gaston County for the past 20 years. She started dancing ballet as a child. She continued to dance and competed in gymnastics through college. She is currently a practicing Orthopedic hand surgeon at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and has been married to Dr. Harry Caulfield for 30 years. They have raised 3 children here ages 23,18, and 17. She decided to dust off her dancing shoes to be a Celebrity Dancer this year to support a great organization that truly nurtures and supports the youth of Gaston County. She strongly believes in mentoring and encouraging education through the Boys and Girls Club. Supporting the children of our community is the greatest investment in our future.

 

 
Alan Fulghum, Subway Franchise Owner

A Raleigh native, Alan had no clue what he wanted to do when he enrolled in N.C. State University in 1992. He managed to graduate earning a degree in Textile Management and met his future wife, Summer. He found employment at Unifi, Inc. in Yadkinville, NC but it didn’t take long for him to realize that Unifi and Yadkinville were not for him. After a few conversations with his wife, the couple decided to move to Gastonia, where Summer was born and raised. It was there he decided to step put on faith and venture into the franchise business. The father of two was out of his element and knew this path would be a huge sacrifice, but in the long run it would be good. Fast forward six years, he is now the proud owner of 3 Subway restaurants in Gastonia. "It sounds glamorous, but the business is cut-throat and hard,” he admits. He says he has learned so much about people and about managing people and that at the end of the day, he is responsible for employees who are concerned about feeding their families. That is a major drive for him. He and his wife summer have two children, Annabelle, 15 and Payne, 12.

 


 
 John Griffith, RSM Company

John Griffith was born in the small town of Demopolis, Alabama, where, even among this limited field of competition, he did surprisingly little to distinguish himself. Nevertheless, he did manage to graduate from The University of Alabama (without honors…Roll Tide!), marry his sweetheart Jenny, then embark upon a career in the cotton trading business in Mississippi. In 1987, he migrated "north” to Gastonia, along with his wife and two young children – Patrick and Sally Claire. For the past 27 years, he has worked with RSM Company in Charlotte as a textile fiber merchant, where his contributions have been charitably described as "immeasurable”. John has few hobbies or outside interests, has excelled at nothing in particular, yet remains only vaguely aware of his otherwise unremarkable mediocrity. To his credit, however, his wife thinks he has a cute butt.

  

Dr. Stephanie Hannon, Hannon Orthodontics
 
Dr. Stephanie Hannon is an orthodontist in Gastonia, practicing with her father, Steve, and her twin brother, Justin, at Hannon Orthodontics. She loves her work and most especially enjoys the ongoing fun that comes from working alongside two of her favorite people, a world-class team, and truly incredible patients and families. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University where she played tennis, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Societies. She graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry and completed a two-year residency in Orthodontics. Stephanie is fluent in Spanish and has led dental mission teams throughout South America, a passion that she hopes to continue in the future. As a runner, she coached Girls on the Run and serves as a current Board Member. She enjoys yoga, cooking, painting, traveling, and volunteering in her free time and has a deep respect for the leaders and volunteers of the Boys and Girls Club. While having no previous experience with dancing, she sees this experience as a privilege to support The Boys & Girls Club of Gaston and hopes not to fall on the dance floor tonight! She wishes to thank each of you for your support in helping the amazing young people of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Gaston reach their goals.

 
  

Wendy Hostetler, Owner, Garibaldi Realty

Wendy Greene Hostetler has been a Gaston County resident for 49 years. She attends First ARP Church, Gastonia. Since 2000, she has lived in downtown Belmont and has been married to David A. Hostetler, II for 24 years. She is the proud mother to, Alex (20) and Brandon (18), who are currently attending High Point University. She is the owner and Broker-in-Charge of Garibaldi Realty. She is active in her community and serves as the 2016 President of the Gaston Association of Realtors and on the Board of Directors for the NC Association of Realtors. She served 4 years as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Gastonia Debutante Club. She is the past President of the Town and Country Garden Club, where she also served as the Fundraising Chair. Wendy enjoyed serving in the Belmont Presbyterian Church as the Moderator of the Presbyterian Women, Circle Chair, Choir member, Sunday school teacher, children's weekday and summer programs leader and the Building Renovation team. She just finished serving as Chair of the Exterior Renovation team for Ocean Breeze Condo Association in St. Simons Island, GA and is currently on the landscaping team. She is the current Treasurer of the Historic Belmont Foundation who hosted a Christmas Historic Home Tour in December 2015 and working toward a 2017 Spring Historic Home Tour. She has volunteered and supported the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat projects, Backpack Weekend Ministry, Holy Angel projects, PTO, BCO, and Meals on Wheels. Wendy enjoys family time, traveling, remodeling jobs, collecting antiques, gardening, swimming, singing, playing the piano, and cooking.


  Ralph Mueller, Mann + Hummel  

Ralph was born 1980 in Romania, then relocated to Germany at the age of 4 year and grew up there. He has been a technics, aeronautics and flying enthusiast since the age of 7. He joined a flying club at the age of 11 becoming youngest solo pilot in Germany in 1995.  He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His first job experience was in engine development at AUDI and he now has 10 years of experience in the automotive sector in the fields of engineering, sales and operations. He took dancing lessons between 1995-1997 and hopes this may help him with this adventure. He married Carla Mueller in 2009, and together they are the proud parents of their two kids Carl (6) and daughter Greta (4). He and his family relocated to Charlotte in March 2016 and they love being here.


 
Kyle Robinson, Spectrum Consults, Inc.
 

Born and raised in Gastonia, Kyle enjoyed dance and gymnastics as a young girl and began volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club during high school. Kyle is our first "Legacy” celebrity dancer, following the dance steps of her father, David Ratchford, who was the 2013 Dance Champion. Today, Kyle lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, Dr. John Robinson and two daughters, Grace and Maggie. Kyle is the Director of Wellness and Communications for Spectrum Consultants, Inc. headquartered in Gastonia. She is also Co-Founder of Wellzesta, a software company specializing in preventative health and wellness for senior adults. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as Master’s degrees in Health Communication and Gerontology. In her free time, Kyle enjoys yoga, hiking, volunteering, and running with her Jack Russell Terrier, Foxy.

 
 
 

Derek Wilson, Armstrong Athletics & Garibaldi Realty

 

Derek was born and raised in Indian Trail, NC but has called Gaston County home for the past three years. Derek earned his degree in Athletic Training from Appalachian State University in 2012. He joined Armstrong Athletic Club in 2013 where he co-manages and has developed a passion as a personal trainer for helping others meet their fitness goals. Derek also has a passion for real estate and recently joined the team at Garibaldi Realty where is looking forward to serving the people of Gaston County in finding the home of their dreams. Derek takes pride in being a member of this community and enjoys meeting and developing relationships with other community members. Derek is married to his college sweetheart, Jessica, and they are proud parents of a rescue dog, Teddy. They have enjoyed building a family, and establishing their roots in Belmont.