Carri Hampton and Dean Wolfe Win 2014 Dancing
with the Randolph Stars; Benefit Raises Over $200,000
ASHEBORO (June 2, 2014)
1 - Dancing with the Randolph Stars co-chair Vickie Gallimore (left) presents the winners’ trophies to an excited Carri Hampton and her dance partner Dean Wolfe on May 31 at AVS Catering & Banquet Centre, as some of the other dancers look on.
2 - Dean Wolfe and Carri Hampton perform their dance to “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel. The Randolph Community College Foundation benefit raised over $200,000, which should net around $166,000 for scholarships for Randolph Community College students. This is the fifth and most successful year yet for the RCC Foundation fundraiser.
3 - Dancers Les Caison and Alexa Modderno during their dance to “What’d I Say,” which won them both the Dancers’ Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards.
4 - Justin Parks and Leslie Caviness with their trophy for the People’s Choice Award.
5 - Dancers Linda Covington and John Pugh with their trophies recognizing them as the Sponsors’ Choice for Best Costume.
Photos by Greg Stewart.
The Randolph Community College Foundation’s Dancing with the Randolph Stars fundraiser held on May 31 at AVS Catering & Banquet Centre raised $200,006, a record amount of money in the fifth year of the event. Community leaders Ann Hoover and Vickie Gallimore, co-chairs of the Planning Committee, announced the totals before a sold-out crowd after an evening filled with dances by the 18 competing couples.
After expenses are paid, it is estimated the Foundation will net over $166,000 for scholarships for Randolph Community College students, said Hoover. The 2013 fundraiser netted over $120,000 for student scholarships.
Carri Hampton, owner and veterinarian, Blue Flint Animal Hospital, and Dean Wolfe, co-owner of Integrity Mortgage Group, received the most votes, winning the coveted Dancing with the Randolph Stars trophies. They performed a routine to “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel.
This year’s event also included additional winners. A decibal meter helped determine a People’s Choice Award, won by Leslie Caviness and Justin Parks. The Dancers’ Choice Award went to Alexa Modderno and Les Caison, who also picked up the Judges’ Choice trophies. The Sponsors’ Choice Award for Best Costume went to Linda Covington and John Pugh.
The money raised included a combination of $10 votes for the dancers during the night of the event; pre-event voting received by the Foundation; sponsorships from various Randolph County businesses, industries and individuals; and ticket sales. The amount raised through both sponsorships and pre-event voting exceeded the totals from previous years. A record number of people, 354, also attended the event.
Lane Ragsdale served as director of the show for his fourth year. WKXR Radio personality Larry Reid served as emcee for the evening. The judges were J.B. Griffith III, financial planner with Liberty Advisors and a former DWRS dancer; Reynolds Lisk, president of Insurance Associates of the Triad; and LoriAnn Little Owen, co-owner of Ben Owen Pottery and also a former DWRS dancer. Vocalist Marlo Francis performed “Let It Go” from Frozen during intermission.
All of the dancers, judges, entertainers, and emcee volunteered their time to the event, as well as the large number of dedicated community volunteers who served on the Planning Committee. In addition to co-chairs Gallimore and Hoover, Dean Sexton served as the Sponsorship chairman. Gail McDowell and Cindy Schroder were Dancer Committee co-chairs. Other committee members were Pat Allred, Talmadge Baker, Gail Crawford, Jane Crisco, Claire Davis, Rhonda Eblin, Steve Eblin, Neal Griffin, J.B. Griffith III, Kathy Homiller, Bill Hoover, Lisa Huffman, Janet Jones, Cranford Knott, Elbert Lassiter, Curt Lorimer, Nicki McKenzie, Fred Meredith, Gail Moore, Rob Reese, Mac Sherrill, and Steve Williams.
Also dancing, in addition to those mentioned above, were Kim Allgood and Jordi Roman, Jenny Lynn Atkinson and Richard Schoenberger, Patty Banker and Todd Cutler, Micki Bare and Bill Walker, Tracy Burnette and JW Kelley, Sandra Childs and Steve Morgan, Brandi Crumley-Runyan and Dave Craven, Julia Del Grande and Wayne Lahmeyer, Sherry Johnson and Cris Richardson, Sara Manring and Brad Phillips, Jessica McGee and Toby Strider, Kimberly Miller-McDowell and Mark Strider, Rebecca Moffitt and Will Rains, and McCall Tanner and Daryl Hill.