GOLD STARS Donation Program

This is a dance program with affiliated 501 (c) (3) non-profit status. GOLD STARS provides youth from economically challenged families, who are in good standing in elementary, middle and/or high school, with free ballroom dance education.   The youth practice weekly and participate in showcases, special performances, and competitions.  With ballroom dresses being financially out of reach for these students, we are excited to offer our clients the opportunity to donate their dresses to this worthy program.  Once donated the program retains and maintains the dresses for current and future use.

Our donation program was originally called “Take The Lead” however with the new sponsorship the name has changed to GOLD STARS.  The concept of the program is still based on the movie Take the Lead and the real-life story of Pierre Dulaine, who taught dance as a volunteer to at-risk students in New York elementary schools through “Dancing Classrooms.” His program is not about teaching ballroom dancing. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.

 

“In the process of teaching the technique of ballroom dancing, we also hope to incorporate other aspects of dancing: poise, respect, confidence, and social skills that will serve the students as they work together and mature.”

-GOLD STARS

 

Eddie Ares commented about this program, “Let’s pass the word and help our kids enjoy the gift of dance…a future U.S. champion is out there waiting!”  He is now providing free entries at his competition for children age 16 and under who would like to compete; financially making ballroom dancing feasible for more families.

The new 501 (c) (3) host is a large senior non-profit organization that has provided programs and services to seniors since 1967.  Their goal is assisting seniors with a wide array of needs.  They offer activities that range from health promotion and prevention to fitness, meals, care management, transportation, home care, social opportunities, volunteerism, and lifelong learning. Every year they host a local Dancing with the Stars event.  They now look forward to GOLD STARS participation in many socials and events with the seniors.  They hope to create an “adopt” a grandparent program between the dance students and seniors, enhancing the understanding among the generations.

How to Donate

You may submit your dresses to us at any competition where we are an attending vendor; you may schedule an appointment and submit them in person at our Dress Studio (by appointment only); or you may submit them online and through the mail.

To submit your dresses online please fill out the Donation Contract below and click submit; and ship your dresses to our Dress Studio.  Once the dresses are received, we will conduct an appraisal, and package them for delivery to the program. Once they have been shipped to the program, you will receive a copy of our appraisal and official tax deductible donation form signed by an authorized agent from the program’s parent organization. We will bill you for the shipping from our studio to the program host. This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets, allowing your dresses to finally dance again and be truly appreciated.

 

Donation Contract

Donate Your Dresses Today!

Thank You!

The youth have been informed of our new partnership and they are very much looking forward to wearing these special dresses.  The last ballroom competition the program attended, they were called back to the floor for a tearful encore performance.  We are proud of these youth for participating in dance over many other temptations, and instead choosing confidence building, exercise, and artistic expression.

As a company we are honored to be associated with a program teaching these values through dance and helping take the lead of our children’s tomorrows and senior’s today’s!

Thank-You-Notes

Pick Me!

If you have a program or organization with registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit status, that uses dance as your medium to enhance the lives of others and would like to be considered for a partnership, please fill out the form below.

Non-Profit Approval Form