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February 25, 2013 1 Comment
The 5th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin exceeded expectations, with record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. Together, with the amazing efforts of our nine celebrity dancers, our sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised $370,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 23 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Regional COO and Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our nine stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.”
Hansen also said, “Along with the outstanding support from our sponsors and community, the dancers poured everything they had into this event by generously volunteering their time and talent to make this event a huge success. On behalf of the American Red Cross, thank you for bringing compassion and hope to those in need!”
Thank you to our sponsors including: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; Kimberly-Clark; Festival Foods; Schneider National Foundation; Jack’s Maintenance; Broadway Automotive; The Green Bay Packers; MillerCoors and Masters Gallery Foods. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette for their promotional support.
Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 770 guests. The evening began with dinner and followed with our all-star dance program where each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.
Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Betina Driver. The wife of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver raised $155,000 to support the local Red Cross.
To view additional photos from the event visit our Northeast Wisconsin Facebook page.
The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Pat Warpinski and Taryn Oleson for their Quickstep to “Rolling in the Deep.” People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Mary Gronnert and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Girls Gone Wild.”The Judges’ Choice award went to Betina and Donald Driver for their two performances: A Tango to ‘Too Close” and a Rumba to “Endless Love.”
Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Chris Roth of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and to Jesse Baumgart, Kimberly Larsen and Christopher Mangless for their professional and colorful judging commentary.
Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Todd Bierowski, President/Owner, Décor Lighting Sales, Asst. Football Coach, St. Norbert College; Rick Bondowski, Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Director, Associated Bank; Betina Driver, Co-host, “The Better Half”; Mary Gronnert, Foundation Coordinator, Schneider National Foundation, Inc.; Emily Matesic, Reporter, WBAY-TV 2; Sean Sanders, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Director, Festival Foods; Amy Sehring, Community Supporter; Erica VanBoxel, Green Bay Press-Gazette Magazine Editor; Pat Warpinski, Owner/Veterinarian of The Animal House; and Rane Cegelski and Taryn Oleson from DanceSport of Green Bay; Jamie Keyzer, Jay Morth, Taylor Watry, Michael Witte and Alyssa Zellner from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club International of Appleton.
Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross of Northeast WI.
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November 29, 2012 1 Comment
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.