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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.
February 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Todd Bierowski, President/Owner of Décor Lighting Sales and Assistant Coach, St. Norbert College Football Team
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My name is Todd Bierowski. I am the President/Owner of Decor Lighting Sales. Decor has offered sales/marketing representation to the lighting industry for 30+ years. We currently offer representation in nine Midwestern states.
I also serve as an Assistant Football Coach at St. Norbert College, working with Wide Receivers. Believe it or not there was a Wide Receiver in this 41-year-old body at one time! I am a St. Norbert alum and have coached at St. Norbert for 12 years. I am very proud to be a member of the St. Norbert community. I have had a great experience at SNC; in particular mentoring the student-athletes both on & off the field.
My association with SNC has shaped me in many positive ways but none more important than pointing me in the direction of my beautiful & loving wife of 13 years; Blake! We are blessed with two beautiful and loving girls; Avery (8) and Egan (6). We reside in De Pere.
When not working or coaching you can typically find me on a bike. I have a passion for cycling & exercise. In addition to cycling, I enjoy running, water-skiing, boating, traveling, reading and spending time at cottage.
I currently serve on the American Red Cross Board of Director for Northeast Wisconsin. Under the most adverse conditions, the Red Cross is ALWAYS there. The diversity of services and the ability to receive those services when it is needed most is what has attracted me to the Red Cross. Supporting this mission is what has inspired me to participate in Dancing with Our Stars.
My first dance recollection is 7th grade Phys. Ed class & the unforgettable feeling of butterflies we all had in having to dance with a “girl” for the first time.
My favorite dancer is easy: #80!! Does anyone have any greater passion for life, charisma or a better smile than Donald Driver? What an inspiration!!
My dream dance partner is both of my daughters. I accepted this challenge with them in the back of my mind; I hope that this experience gives me the foundation to not embarrass them on their wedding day!
1. Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?
Square dancing in middle school physical education class.
2. Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why?
Donald Driver because of his passion and charisma.
3. Why support the American Red Cross with your participation?
I believe it’s a great organization that is diverse in the groups it serves. The American Red Cross is always there in times of need.
Hobbies or passions:
Coaching, cycling, running, boating, traveling and attending family events.
Check out the start of Todd’s Cha Cha and Viennese Waltz: