Get to know Amy Sehring, Carlisle Consultant

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Hi!  My name is Amy Sehring. I was born and raised in Green Bay and have spent most of my adult life here.  I am a Carlisle Consultant representing fine women’s clothing and a community volunteer. Stephen, my wonderful husband of 27 years is a local Ob/Gyn.  We have three children, Reagan (21), Jacqueline (19), and Fritz (10).  In my free time I enjoy reading, tennis, ballet and spending time with friends and family.My love for dance blossomed with my involvement in ballet here in Green Bay. I was a founding board member of Northeast Wisconsin Dance Organization’s Annual Green Bay Nutcracker.  What started as a dream to provide young ballet dancers within the community a professional level dance opportunity, is in rehearsal for their 6th season at the Meyer Theater.   Each year, over 100 local dancers from different studios in Green Bay have participated in this annual event !  What a joy to watch these talented young dancers develop!   As much as I love dance, this will be my first opportunity to actually dance in front of a crowd. YIKES!

Sneak Peek of Amy and Jay’s Quick Step: 

Get to know a bit more about Amy:  

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My earliest memory of dancing was with my father. My father loved to dance.  When I was very young I would stand on the tops of his shoes as he waltzed me around the room.

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?   I’m sure this puts me at a disadvantage, but my favorite dancer on ABC’s  “Dancing with the  Stars” is Betina’s partner – Donald Driver!  I loved his power, passion and his commitment to be the best!

Who is your dream dance partner? Rudolf Nureyev is my dream dance partner, Baryshnikov is too short for me!

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? My grandfather was a soldier in France during World War I.  He often spoke of how the Red Cross was there providing relief in the trenches and compassion for the suffering.  I’m thankful for this opportunity to give back to an organization that does so much for our soldiers far from home, as well as to our neighbors close by.

Get to know Mary Gronnert – Foundation Coordinator, Schneider National Foundation, Inc.

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Mary Gronnert is the Foundation Coordinator for the Schneider National Foundation, Inc. Mary has been employed with Schneider National for 39 years and prior to being names foundation coordinator she was the administrative assistant to Don Schneider.

Get to know a little more about Mary:

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My mother seemed to think at the age of 6 I needed some coordination and self-esteem. She enrolled me with Mary Jane VanDyse who taught tap and ballet dancing along with baton twirling in the basement at the Bank of Luxemburg. If you remember Mary Jane, she was the Packers Golden Girl in the 50’s and 60’s. Lessons were held in the late afternoons once a week. At the end of the session (I can’t remember how long a session lasted) we performed our routine(s) on stage at the Bay Theatre. Some of the mothers, grandmothers and aunts were great seamstresses and they made us some very elaborate costumes. My favorite dance was the Skater’s Waltz.

Who is your dream dance partner? I really don’t have a dream dance partner. A good partner would be someone who could just glide across the room.

 Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? I have to apologize here. I really did not watch ‘Dancing with the Stars” until this past year. So, I would have to say Donald Driver because he’s so much fun to watch and extremely charming. And who can resist that smile?

 Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? Until hearing a presentation from our local American Red Cross several years ago, I associated them with holding area blood drives and providing babysitting instructions. I learned that the Red Cross does a lot more. They provide disaster relief. We are fortunate in our part of the country in that we don’t have to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes – but we have no idea when we could experience a fire, flood or tornado. The Red Cross is always available to assist with food and shelter and they work well in partnership with other area agencies that provide disaster services. This collaborative approach has always impressed me, as does their assistance for military families coping with deployments and emergency situations. Yes, they still have a babysitting course but in addition, they hold CPR classes and offer first responder training. Because they are not a government agency, they operate with volunteers and our generosity to continue their mission.

Hobbies or passions:

I love to spend time with my husband cruising the countryside in our restored 1969 Firebird convertible and, when there is room and time, pack up the golf clubs and cruise to a golf course. And, of course, there’s the grandchildren, they are the best! Working for the Schneider National Foundation has introduced me to a number of not-for-profit organizations and, being able to work part-time, I have become involved with many volunteer activities. I have been very fortunate and feel strongly about giving back to the community where I live and work.

Check out Mary and Mike practicing their Waltz!

Get to know Erica VanBoxel, Green Bay Press-Gazette Magazine Editor

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Whether I am coordinating the latest issue of YOU magazine or volunteering for the Womens Fund of Greater Green Bay I am proud to help enhance my hometown in any way that I can.  I was raised in the Village of Bellevue, am a graduate of St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay and I currently reside in the De Pere area. This area has always been home and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Green Bay! My profession inspires me every day. As the magazine editor for the Green Bay Press-Gazette I focus on connecting the community with local lifestyle stories. I share stories of women philanthropists, active seniors and family friendly events. I am also involved in the following area organizations: Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay (a fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation), Management Women and Current Young Professionals Network.Relationships with family and friends are a high priority of mine and I’m grateful everyday for their support and for all of the joy they have and continue to provide to my life.

Get to know a little more about Erica:

 Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?  I am told that the theme song to the ‘80s television show “The Facts of Life” used to get me dancing when I was a child. My first dancing memory is from my childhood tap and ballet lessons at Bernie Matzke’s School of Dance. I began lessons at age 5 and continued through age 11.

Who is your dream dance partner? Would I be a true Packers fan if I didn’t say Double D? Donald Driver is electric on the football field, in the Green Bay community and on the dance floor. I would be thrilled to waltz or tango with him!

 Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?  My favorite “Dancing with the Stars” couple is professional, Mark Ballas with celebrity, Shawn Johnson. Shawn’s energy and competitive instinct combined with Mark’s lifelong ballroom dancing expertise made these two a joy to watch week in and week out. From Olympic gold medal to mirror ball trophy Shawn is tough to beat in any arena.

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? Compassion is at the core of everything the American Red Cross does. During times of disaster and devastation the American Red Cross is helping our local towns and villages, our nation and our world. Through blood drives and safety courses our Red Cross strives to build strong and healthy communities. I am honored contribute to such an important and worthy cause.

Hobbies or passions

At 8-years-old I was enrolled in junior golf lessons and have continued golf as a hobby of mine into adulthood. Some of my favorite area courses include Thornberry Creek at Oneida and Northbrook Country Club. I am also an avid Wisconsin sports fan, you’ll often find me cheering on the Packers, Badgers or Brewers.

During the summer months look for me near the water! I enjoy cruises on the Foxy Lady, taking in the scenery from CityDeck and walking along the Fox River Trail.

Get to know Betina Driver, Co-host, “The Better Half”

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Betina Driver is co-host of the television program, “The Better Half.”  She’s also a proud mother of Cristian, Christina and Charity and the wife of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver.

Betina is active in various charitable efforts across the country, including the Packers Women’s Association, Donald Driver Foundation and Goodwill.

We are excited she’s taking part in Dancing with our Stars 2013 for the American Red Cross. Betina will be performing her dances with her husband. Donald won the mirror ball trophy on the 14th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Get to know a bit more about Betina:

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? I was six-years-old and graduating the Head Start Program when I danced to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson.

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? The 2012 Champion of “Dancing with the Stars”, my husband, Donald Driver.

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? The American Red Cross does great things in the community. I believe it’s a great cause to support and I look forward to helping raise funds for the organization.

Get a glimpse of Betina and Donald’s first practice with TC Dance working on their Rumba! 

Dancing With Our Stars!

By Sean Sanders, on November 15th, 2012

I never in a million years thought I would write a blog about dancing, but here I am- writing about dancing!  When I was approached by the Red Cross to participate In Dancing With Our Stars I wanted to laugh and run away but the chance to raise money for such a great cause was too good to turn down.

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Even though I have athletic ability (or at least I used to!), I am in no way a dancer so this is a real challenge. To make it even more intimidating, one of my competitors is Betina Driver who is dancing with her husband, Donald Driver.  Some of you might remember that he WON the mirror ball on the last season of Dancing With the Stars.  Nope, that’s not intimidating at all! In case anyone is wondering they are both as engaging and “real” as they appear to be on TV.

My sons, Zack and Adam with DD!

We have had our first few lessons and I have to admit it is a lot of fun.  Luckily, my partner, Jamie Keyzer, is patient and very good.  The other participants are great people and we are all having a blast learning our dances.

Group Lesson

Jamie and I working on our smooth dance moves!

Luckily for me, the trophy goes to the person who raises the most money, not who dances the best so I have a very good chance of winning this competition!  If you would like to see the Mirror Ball displayed at Festival Foods, click HERE to donate.

Pictures, videos and other fun stuff can be found on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NEWRedCross#!/NEWRedCross

Wish me luck and please donate to the Red Cross.  They need your contributions now more than ever.