DANCING WITH THE STARS OF CHARLOTTE GALA

Saturday March 4, 2017
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

Video & Photos from the Evening

Six Charlotte “movers and shakers,” including banking and healthcare executives and civic leaders performed at the Knight Theater on March 4 at Charlotte Ballet’s Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala fundraiser.

A record-setting $875,000 was raised to benefit Charlotte Ballet and local charities. The event, in its fifth year, pairs local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet, to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity.

This year’s gala was presented by PNC Bank. Hosts Hardin Minor and Michelle Boudin kicked-off the evening by honoring former Dancing with the Stars dancers and Charlotte Ballet’s President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, who retires in June 2017. After a performance by Charlotte Ballet, the dancing competition began!

The star pairs competed for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title went to Civic Leader Liz Simmons, and her Charlotte Ballet partner Juwan Alston, who raised the most funds and received the most votes for her charity – the Levine Museum of the New South History Matters program.

Dr. Edward Kim, chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics at Levine Cancer Institute of Carolinas HealthCare and his partner Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah Hayes Harkins won the Judge’s Choice Award for his routine, which featured choreography inspired by Michael Jackson and included a special cameo by his son Alex.

Dr. Kim received a perfect score of 30 from the judging panel, which included: Liz Hilliard, creator and owner of Hilliard Studio Method; Mike McGuire, CEO of Grant Thornton and last year’s Peoples’ Choice Winner; and Katie Levans Loveluck, co-founder and creative director of Charlotte Agenda.

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Honorary Gala Chair

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

Honorary Host Committee

Midge Barron

Tim Belk

Cathy Bessant

Tera Black

Charles Bowman

Robin Branstrom

Kobi Brinson

Julie Caperton

Brett Carter

Dianne Chipps Bailey

Jesse Cureton

Walter Dolhare

Carlos Evans

Sherrard Georgius

Mike McGuire

Muhsin Muhammad

Joe O’Connor

Debra Plousha-Moore

Derek Raghavan

Mike Rucker

Andrea Smith

Michael Tarwater

Paula Vincent

Jennifer Weber

Lloyd Yates