Dancing with Our Stars 2015 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $160,000!

ann cropedThe 7th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 14 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $160,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“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, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our 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 Red Cross.”

Thank you to our sponsors including: American Transmission Company; Broadway Automotive; Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.; Community First Credit Union; Festival Foods; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; Indira Salon & Spa; Jack’s Maintenance Service; KI; Prophit Marketing; Schneider Foundation and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. 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 the crowd.  The evening began with dinner and followed with our all-star dance program where each star dancer celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Ann Vande Hei. The Director of Business Process Performance at Wisconsin Public Service/Integrys raised more than $58,000 to support the local Red Cross.

IMG_3572The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Lisa Pritzl and Michael Witte for their Viennese Waltz to “Letters from War.”  The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Keith Cronin and Mina Witte for their Mambo to “Monster Winer.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Lisa Pritzl and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Viennese Waltz to “Letters from War” and a Samba to “Can’t Touch It.”

DSC_6583Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and to Chris Roth of WBAY-TV 2, Steve Teofilo of Gannett Media and Peta Murgatroyd from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Keith Cronin, Green Bay Packers; Adam Hardy, Achieve Brown County; Al Jamir, Community Volunteer; Bill McGlin, Brown County Public Safety; Tracey Nass, Indira Salon & Spa; Pam Niles, Women’s Specialty Care; Kim Peeters, Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.; Lisa Pritzl, Prohpit Marketing; Ann Vande Hei, Wisconsin Public Service/Integrys; and Rane Cegelski from DanceSport of Green Bay; Therese Clarke, Bruce Marshall and Bill Beschta of Bruce Marshall’s Dance Club; Jamie Blair, Mina Witte and Michael Witte fom Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Terry Irwin and Angela Cervantes from TC Dance Club of Appleton.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross.

To see all the event photos check out our Flickr Site or Facebook. To view the recorded show click HERE.

“GAME ON” to help Lisa Raise Funds for the Red Cross!

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It’s GAME ON as Lisa “Pritz” Pritzl is in the home stretch in raising money for The American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter. Come out for a great afternoon of football, fun, friends and fundraising!

DATE: Sunday, February 1st!

WHERE:  The Woods – 530 Erie Rd, Green Bay

DOORS OPEN:  3:00pm

$20 at the door

$5 for ages 8 and under

There will be live music, auction items, food and fun!

91¢ of every dollar raised goes right back into our community! Help give back to an organization who helps so many in our community rebuild their lives!

Get Ready is Game Time!

Join us for the “Girlfriends” Event to Support Ann Vande Hei

6951AnnA social to benefit The American Red Cross and support Ann Vande Hei of De Pere in her quest for the 2015 Dancing with our Stars fundraising mirror ball trophy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Angelina’s

117 N Adams Street Green Bay

5:00pm – 7:30pm

No cost to attend – but there will be opportunities to support Ann throughout the evening.

  • Hors D’oeuvres compliments of Wisconsin Public Service and Schenck SC
  • Cash bar available

RSVP by Jan 19:

Check out the latest video of Ann and Bruce and working on her Cha Cha!

Should you not be able to attend and would like to show your support, please visit:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/ to make a donation in Ann’s name.

Event Hosts:

  • Ann Vande Hei & Karmen Lemke, WPS
  • Diane Roundy, Schenck SC
  • Sue Olmsted, Community Volunteer
  • Jody Weyers, American Red Cross
  • Kim Schisel & Allie VanLanen, Schreiber Foods
  • Mary Gronnert, Schneider Foundation