Celebrating more than 80 years of service, the Service League of Cherokee County is proud to present the 52nd Annual Ball and the 8th Annual "Dancing for the Children" Celebrity Dance Challenge Competition!
The Service League of Cherokee County was pleased to present the 52nd Annual Ball and popular "Dancing for the Children" celebrity dance challenge on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center located at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton, Georgia. This year’s black tie optional fundraiser featured a Casino Royale theme. In addition to the dance competition, guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and fun.
Dancers who competed in the competition were local celebrities and dignitaries who committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with professional dance instructors in preparation for the competition. Additionally, each professional dance instructor donated their time and talents to work diligently to train their celebrity dance partners.
Money raised from ticket purchases, sponsorships and donations to this event will be used to meet the needs of the children of Cherokee County, providing necessities such as medical care, dental and vision care, clothing, scholarships, camps and much more.
2018’s exciting celebrity dancer lineup included:
- Chief Calvin W. Moss, Chief of Police for Woodstock City with professional partner Sierra Gooch
- Sgt. Marianne Kelley, Public Information Officer, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office with professional partner Tony Stokes
- Candler Howell, Retired Chief of Finance for Cherokee County School District with professional partner Monika Eisenheim
- Kelli McLaren, Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta with professional partner Ray Santiago
- Lantz Cleveland, CCSD Facilities Technician with professional partner Nina Eisenheim
The winners of the 2018 Dancing for the Children Celebrity Dance Challenge were Woodstock City Police Chief Calvin Moss of and his partner, Sierra Gooch!
MEET THE DANCERS!
Dancers who competed in this year's Dancing for the Children competition committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 each in sponsorship dollars, while also training and partnering with volunteer professional dance instructors in preparation for the competition.
Dancers performing at this year's event are:
Chief Calvin W. Moss and Sierra Gooch
Calvin Moss is the chief of police in Woodstock and a native of Michigan. After attending Michigan State University, Cal relocated to Atlanta in 1981 and joined the Atlanta Police Department. There, he served for 30 years in a variety of positions, including patrol officer, investigator, training supervisor, and special operations commander. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy and Southern Police Institute and traveled to Israel to study counterterrorism. In 2012, Cal retired from APD as deputy chief of the Criminal Investigations Division in order to join the Woodstock Police family. Cal and his wife Sandra have two daughters, Abbey and Emily. The family moved to Woodstock in 2013 where they reside today. Sierra Gooch is an eighteen years old senior at Kell High School. She comes from a large family and is the middle kid of five. She has two sisters, two brothers, a nephew and niece whom she adores. Next year she plans on attending Valdosta State University for Early Childhood Education for Special Needs children. She has been dancing at Great Gig Dance Company for thirteen years. She spent eight years in the Ensemble performing in various cities at performances and competitions. She enjoys teaching tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and interpretive dancing to preschoolers, adults, and individuals with special needs. She is honored to be able to share her love of dance through this opportunity.
Sgt. Marianne Kelley and Tony Stokes
Sgt. Marianne Kelley is the Public Information Officer for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. She grew up in Marietta and moved to Cherokee County after graduating from the University of Alabama. She began her career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office more than 20 years ago and has worked in many divisions to include the Adult Detention Center, Uniform Patrol, Internal Affairs and Criminal Investigations where she supervised the Crimes Against Children unit prior to becoming the Public Information Officer in 2017. On a daily basis Sgt. Kelley communicates with and responds to requests from reporters and from various news organizations locally and regionally. Tony first studied dance at Pebblebrook High School, Cobb County’s Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. He went on to dance professionally at Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Tampa, and as “Cookie Monster” in Sesame Street Live’s International tour.” Since 2010, Tony has performed and choreographed for several of First Baptist Church Woodstock’s musical productions including the “Atlanta Christmas Musical”,” Broadway Under the Stars,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Tony graduated with a business degree from Kennesaw State University and currently works as the Finance Manager at Roswell Street Baptist Church.
Candler Howell and Monika Eisenheim
Candler Howell is originally from Atlanta, GA. He and his wife Shelley have been married more than 35 years, and have two daughters, Kelly and Stacy, both CCSD teachers and members of the Service League, and a son Trey who is an attorney. He graduated from Auburn University in 1975 and accepted a job with the State Department of Audits as a Junior Auditor. He worked at the State Department of Audits for 13 years achieving the level of Senior Auditor. In 1988, he was named Director of Finance with the Cherokee County School District. He retired with 40 years of service in December, 2014 as the Assistant Superintendent of Financial Management. He currently works part-time as the internal auditor at Forsyth Co. Schools and volunteers with various organizations including YoungLife and the CCEF. Monika Eisenheim is a current resident of Cherokee County. She has been dancing for 17 years and has trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, clogging, Chinese cultural (folk), and examined with high commendation through Cecchetti Intermediate/Advanced 1 syllabus (Grade 6). She traveled to China six times in 2016 dancing with APDA to perform and compete in the televised industry. She is currently a Jr. at KSU majoring in Dance (ballet concentration) with a German Studies Minor. In addition to her studies, she is also an active substitute dance teacher in the Atlanta area teaching at The Georgia Ballet, Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, and Perimeter Ballet. She is involved in community organizations including ProjectEncore, NHSDA and Legacy Church.
Kelli McLaren and Ray Santiago
Roswell native Kelli McLaren is a graduate of North Georgia College and State University earning her doctorate of physical therapy. She has worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Medicine for 6.5 years and recently became a part of the CHOA Sports Medicine clinic in Canton. Kelli was a former gymnast for high school and club gymnastics. After high school she coached gymnastics and tumbling while pursing her education at North Georgia. I am honored to be a celebrity dancer to represent CHOA Sports Medicine in Canton. Its inspiring to our children to work with a physical therapist who can relate to training and competing. Participating in Dancing for the Children is a way for CHOA to give back to our community who has welcomed our organization with open arms. Originally from Florida, Ray began coaching dance and cheer teams in 2005 and has received numerous recognitions, including two collegiate national championships. Ray currently works as a tumble instructor and cheer coach at Tag Athletics located in Ball Ground.
Lantz Cleveland and Nina Eisenheim
Lantz Cleveland was born in Alabama, but he has lived in Georgia for the past fifteen years. He enjoys working out and any fitness type activities. He is currently employed with the Cherokee County School District in the maintenance department. He is an electrician by trade. Lantz has a servant’s heart. Each week, Lantz uses his talents and gifts to serve in the media department of First Baptist Church Woodstock as a audio volunteer. While being an active member of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Lantz has also been in several musical productions as an actor and singer. Although Lantz has several hobbies and interests, he is currently coaching baseball at River Ridge High School.Nina Eisenheim has been dancing for 15 years and has trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, clogging, and Chinese cultural (folk). Nina began her training in North Carolina before moving to Georgia where she has trained in Johns Creek and Suwanee with Atlanta Professional Dance Academy, Suwanee Academy of the Arts, and Perimeter Ballet. She traveled to China five times in 2016 dancing with APDA to perform, compete, and win CCTV's "Amazing Chinese" talent competition. Nina is a Dance Major (ballet concentration) in her Sophmore year at Kennesaw State University. Nina also teaches dance in the Atlanta area and is a Student Assistant at KSU's Department of Dance.
The Service League of Cherokee County would like to thank our 2018 Annual Ball sponsors for their support and generosity:
WellStar Health Systems
Mirror Ball Sponsors: Hasty Pope Trial Lawyers and Cobb EMC Community Foundation
Blackjack sponsors: Woodstock Furniture Outlet, Freese & Nichols, Family Life Publications: Woodstock & Canton
Roulette sponsors: Hall Booth Smith Attorneys at Law, Holly Rylee, Swords & Phelps Dentistry, and AroundAbout Local Media
Crossroads Veterinary Hospital
Dameron Family Dentistry
Farmers Insurance - John Elmore Agency
Keller Williams Partners - Lisa Fleming