Raphael and Paula

Last year’s most exciting and wildly fun fundraiser — Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars — was an overwhelming success for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — Southern Branch. The event sold out in an amount of time unprecedented for this area and was the biggest single-day fundraiser that the FoodBank has ever seen.

It returns this year to Hard Rock Atlantic City on Nov. 2, bringing with it 12 new “celebrity dancers” and their talented professional partners. Each week from now until the week of the event, Atlantic City Weekly will feature one of our dancing couples.

Couple No. 8 is Paula Hartman and Raphael Souza.

Paula Hartman, owner Hartman Home Team Berkshire Hathaway

Paula Hartman_Hartman Home Team

Paula Hartman is an award-winning, nationally ranked realtor for Berkshire Hathaway. She currently has two offices in Margate and one in Delray Beach, Florida. Paula has been in real estate since 1997 and works with her son, daughter, and son-in-law. Paula truly loves what she does and believes you should always “love where you live!”

Paula attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls and Temple University School of Dental Hygiene. A former landlady, in her 30s she opened a successful chain of 13 gift shops in four states and earned “Best of Philly” awards for her gift shops.

Paula is passionate about giving back to her community. She is a member of the Margate Business Association and the Atlantic County Board of Realtors. She is also a chairperson for an annual art auction and Margate’s Annual Wine Tasting Scholarship Event.

When Paula is not hard at work she loves spending time with her family. Her husband is a judge for the Grammy Awards, a professional songwriter and holds real estate licenses in Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her three children are happily married and very successful and Paula is extremely proud of her children’s amazing accomplishments. She also loves spending time with her three adorable grandsons.

Whether in the role of wife, mother, fundraiser realtor — or in this case, dancer! — when Paula pursues something, she is all in. She believes that when you are fortunate enough to do something you love, it isn’t work, it is pure joy.

Raphael Souza, professional hip-hop dancer and personal trainer

Raphael Souza

Raphael Souza is a professional hip-hop dancer and certified personal trainer originally from Brazil who has been dancing professionally for the past 15 years and has been training for the past 9 years. While growing up in Brazil, Souza and his family were faced with many challenges including poverty and hunger. He has worked tirelessly to overcome the immense odds stacked against him, moving from Brazil to New York City to start a better life 11 years ago. As a hip-hop dancer, Souza has toured with professional artists in Brazil and was featured in dance videos, TV commercials, and was a guest hip-hop student at the famous Broadway Dance Center School in New York City. Souza is passionate about giving back to his Community and helping those less fortunate, and he is honored to be a part of such a wonderful cause that helps to feed tens of thousands of people every year.

Tables for the 2019 Dancing Under the Atlantic City Stars are sold as tables of 10 and start at $2,500. No individual tickets are currently on sale.

However, you can start voting for your favorite dancing couple now for $10 per vote.

Go to DancingUnderTheAtlanticCityStars.com for more info on voting, tickets, our dancers’ bios, and rehearsal videos.

For more information on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, as well as volunteer opportunities, go to CFBNJ.org or call 609-383-8843.