Get To Know: DWOS15 Dancer Ann Vande Hei

ann VI’m the Director of Business Process Performance at Wisconsin Public Service/Integrys. Currently, I’m working in Chicago on Peoples Gas Utility’s Gas Main Replacement program. I’ve been married to my husband, Dave, for 35 years. We have two daughters: Allie and Britta; two wonderful son-in-laws: Jeff and Saul; and four AMAZING grandchildren: Addison, Kennedy, Liesl and Warner.

I remember first dancing with my Dad. I was probably about five or six years old. We were at a family wedding and we danced the Flying Dutchman. At weddings, Mom and Dad were always the first on the dance floor. It used to embarrass me as a teenager, but as I became older and wiser, I saw what a wonderful thing that was. They were great dancers.  Dad AWLAYS asked me to dance a waltz or polka. I cherish those memories.

For the first 30 years that I was with my husband, we had a rule that if he danced, I immediately took the car keys. He was in no shape to drive home if he got out on the dance floor. Now, after taking some lessons in ballroom dancing, we dance every chance we get.  I would also give anything to dance with my Dad again.

Wow, there are SO many. I loved watching Cheryl and Emmitt Smith on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”.  Kirstie Allie was a hoot, too; so much guts and a fantastic dancer.  But, I have to say that Valerie Harper was amazing. She showed so much courage.

I have quite a busy life, shuttling between Chicago and Green Bay each week. But I love it. When I am in Chicago I love to walk along the riverfront and of course shop on Michigan Avenue. But I am always glad to get home to Green Bay and breathe in the outdoors, listen to the quiet.  I enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren, riding bikes, taking a cruise in our convertible and enjoying life on the family compound.

I support the American Red Cross because a good friend of mine, Jody Weyers, works for the organization and I see so many amazing things that she does to help people in need. I am honored to be her friend and be able to help out in my own way by raising funds through DWOS.

Here is a sneak peek of Ann and her dancer partner, Bruce Marshall.

Celebrity Bartender Night: Dancing with Our Stars 2015 Team Keith!

Join Dancing with Our Stars dancer, Keith Cronin of the Green Bay Packers and guest bartenders Bianca White, Erin Longley & former Packers player, Johnathan Franklin at Hagemeister Park on Monday, November 24 to help raise funds for the American Red Cross and his DWOS15 campaign to win the coveted, fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.

·         Player appearance autographs will be from 6:30pm – 8:00pm –  $25 minimum donation
·         Silent auction and raffle items.
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Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Al Jamir

alI’m a community volunteer who serves on 15 boards and organizations.  My passion as an OPTIMIST is to service youth in our community thru the Green Bay Preble Optimist Club.  I serve the employees and clients of Cash Depot as Vice-President part-time.  I am a big brother thru the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and a coach/mentor for Boys & Girls Club “Be Great Graduate” program.

My first dance experience took place at Burlington High School where I was involved in band and the drama club. I auditioned to be a member of “Kids from Burlington” and was selected.  We performed at school programs, competitions, and community events.  It was so much fun to learn dance moves and routines.  What I remembered most were the smiles from the audience.

My dream dance partner is either Peta Murgatroyd or Cheryl Burke. Regarding my favorite celebrity dancer on ABC’S “Dancing with the Stars”, it’s Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson. Her precision and timing were incredible.

My hobbies and passions include dancing and fly fishing.  I am a fishing guide on the Menominee River during the summer months.  I donate fishing trips to non-profit agencies for their fund raising efforts.  I love sharing our world class fishing with others, especially children.

I’m supporting the American Red Cross because it serves my purpose to serve my God and my community, and have FUN doing it! I choose to give back to the community that allowed me to be successful during my 20 years at Camera Corner.

Here is a sneak peek of Al and Angela at their lesson.

WHITE RED AND FED

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014      6PM – 10PM      9:30 PM – Raffle Drawing

School House in Olde School Square –  3706 Creamery Road –  De Pere, WI

 It’s always better to give than get.  BUT IT’S GREAT TO HAVE BOTH!! Please join Lisa Pritzl for an amazing evening to raise money for The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin and tempt your taste buds!  Gather your friends and neighbors and let’s have some fun for a great cause!

Wine Tasting  /  Unique Dessert Sampling  /  Live Music  /  Prize Giveaway

9304Lisa-colorSip some spirits and sample sweet treats while experiencing what makes The American Red Cross a phenomenal organization.  Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the “Puttin On The Pritz” video and stick around for a special Dancing With Our Stars performance by Lisa Pritzl and Michael Witte! Sound like fun?  We’re not finished yet!  We have an exclusive, one of a kind item that could be yours! Raffle drawings will take place at 9:30pm. $35 entry fee per person in advance for ages 21+ $40 entry fee per person at the door.

For advance tickets please visit:

www.crowdrise.com/DancingwithOurStars/fundraiser/lisapritzl

Make sure to add “White Red and Fed” in the comments section.

Donations will be accepted at the door for under (age) 21 admittance

Attire: White, Black and/or Gray (casual to formal)

Every entry will receive 5 tickets to be used for wine and dessert samples and/or a chance to win in the prize giveaway.  To enjoy additional sips, savors or chances to win, you can purchase additional tickets. Complimentary beer and water will also be available. All proceeds from this event will be given to The American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin and help Lisa to achieve her goal to raise $50,000! Let’s have some fun helping others!  Come see what else we have in store for you.  See you there!

Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Tracey Nass

IMG_0039TraceyI’m co-owner of Indira Salon & Spa with my husband, Michael Nass. We have been in business for 17+ years in the Green Bay community. We were originally a part of the Main Street revival but after seven years at that location we expanded to a new location in Bellevue. That success led us to the Chicago market where we currently have three more locations.

My first dancing recollection comes from when I was about 10. Back in the day, playing was pretty basic… either you rode your bike, went to the public swimming pool or used your imagination in the backyard. I was that child that was always trying to dream up something creative. I was in love with the Fonz and wanted to be Leather Tuscadero. I would hold sock hops in my basement and charge the neighborhood kids a quarter to get in.  I even made my own poodle skirt out of scraps of material.

By far, my dream dance partner is John Travolta… Staying Alive in Saturday Night Fever! I also wanted to be Olivia Newton John and knew every word from the Grease soundtrack!

My favorite dancers of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” are Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, not only for their chemistry on the dance floor, but also for keeping it fun , down to earth and real! Kirstie is a role model for all women that size does not matter and you can be sexy at any age! However being “sexy” on the dance floor is probably one of my greatest fears!

I am a seasoned hairstylist who loves to travel. I also own a vintage and retro boutique in Chicago called WiLa CoLLections (why I love art). I spend my free time hitting up estate sales in Chicago.

I’m supporting the American Red Cross because I recently had the privilege of adopting two girls, Lucy & Ruby, from Taiwan (ages 6 and 10). Every day I get to see the world through the eyes of a child like it was the first time again.  It has brought me to a greater level of awareness how helping others can change lives!

Here is a sneak peek of Tracey and her dance partner Rane Cegelski