Get to Know: DWOS15 Dancer Pam Niles

8889Pam-542b1139bdc67I am a Green Bay native and a nurse practitioner at Women’s Specialty Care.  I have been in the women’s health field since 1982.  I began my career as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Bellin Hospital.  Since that time, I have broadened my nursing career to include becoming an obstetrical educator, adjunct faculty at Bellin College of Nursing, and a director of maternity care units in Oconto Falls and Portage.

In 1997, I graduated from the University of Madison with a Master’s Degree in Science and became certified as a women’s health practitioner.  I then focused my career on the nurse practitioner role because I wanted to be more involved with patient care.   I have enjoyed this role for the past 17 years.

I was married for 18 years to my college sweet heart.  Together we raised three children until he was tragically taken by a drunk driver in 2000. I always enjoyed dancing, but it was not until after this tragedy I returned to dance.  Dance has brought joy and happiness into my life.  I am dancing for this fundraiser in honor of finding health and happiness after suffering a loss.

My first dancing experience was with my babysitter, Alice.  I remember her coming over and we would turn on the stereo and play vinyl records.   I may be dating myself, but I remember doing dance moves called the jerk, swim and the monkey.  When I was a teenager I remember going to the Bay Beach dances in the summer with  my cousins.   We would dance the night away!   In the early eighties, I stopped dancing to raise my family.  In 2001, I returned to dancing after surviving my loss.  I now continue to dance for health and happiness reasons.

My favorite dancer from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is Derrick Hough.  His creativity is unbelievable!  He has a way of bringing out the best in his dance partners.  Last season he was paired with a double amputee and was able to win the mirror ball trophy. It was so exciting to watch every week.   In my opinion, he brings dancing to a different level.

The America Red Cross is there when disaster strikes.  It does not matter how small or large the disaster.  It is very comforting to know the Red Cross will be there to provide help when it is needed.   With that said, you are never alone when faced with a disaster.  I am honored to participate in Dancing with Our Start to help raise funds for this great organization.

Here is a sneak peek of Pam and her dancer partner, Micheal Witte of Simply Ballroom. Want to support Pam, come to the “Monster Mash Costume Party on Friday, October 24 at Heritage Hill.  Click HERE for details and how to get tickets.

Get to know: Lisa “Pritz” Pritzl 2015 DWOS Dancer!

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Lisa Pritzl – Process Management Director/Art Director – Prophit Marketing

I was born and raised in Green Bay and am married to my college sweetheart, Mike. We have two sons, Brandon (21) and Garitt (17). We also have a sweet little Golden Retriever named Zowie that helps to protect our home. Well, maybe protect is a bit of a stretch. For the past 11 years, Prophit Marketing has been my home away from home. I have the privilege to work with some amazing and talented individuals. We all love what we do and that’s pretty inspiring.

“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them”. – Vicki Baum

My first dance memory happened when I was three-years-old. My wonderful parents signed me up for my first tap class. Shiny little shoes that made lots of noise seemed to make me happy. To top it off, the first step my teacher taught me was windshield wipers…  I was hooked for life! I suspect that it was that moment that dance started to play a major role in my life, and how I spent my adolescent years. The passion grew and it’s hard to explain, but in essence dance was my way of expression. I had the fortune of being able to dance through high school and into college. I even had the pleasure of teaching when I worked at Barb’s Centre for Dance. Those days are long gone, but my passion for dance remains. When this opportunity presented itself I knew I had to participate. The thought of re-igniting that passion for an organization like the American Red Cross brings an excitement that is hard to explain.

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My husband Mike is my dream dance partner come-true! Mike and I met at UWGB when I was a member of the dance team and he was the Fighting Phoenix Mascot. The way he looked at me through that beak and the way he danced around the basketball court was love at first sight. We ended up taking a dance class together and were paired up as Harlequin and Columbine in the play Pinocchio. It was our shared love of bacon and peanut and butter sandwiches that sealed the deal! Or maybe it was the cake in the face.

I have always had an admiration for individuals that face difficult challenges head on. An absolute example of that is Amy Purdy from the spring season of “Dancing with the Stars.” If you had the opportunity to see any of these episodes you would know exactly what I am referring to. Amy is a Paralympic athlete who lost both of her legs at the age of 19 as a result of meningitis. Her determination to succeed and her passion for the sport of snowboarding put her back on the slopes in seven months. Amy’s story is nothing short of inspirational, just like the endless stories and examples of what the Red Cross does for communities across the nation.

I love to participate in boot camp style workouts. I love to spend time with my family and walking Ms. Zowie. Snuggling on the couch and watching a good movie isn’t bad either. Then there’s the goofy side of me that enjoys dancing around the kitchen making dinner and watching the faces of the rest of the family as they think I have lost my mind. I enjoy watching as my family grows and faces new challenges. My husband is attempting to become a multi-sport athlete and while I think he is nuts, it sure is fun cheering him on in the events. My son Brandon wants to be a special education teacher and who wouldn’t be proud of that. And then there’s my youngest son Garitt, who has a dream of serving his country in the military, another very proud moment. As you can tell, I’m proud of all of my boys and how they are driven to serve others.

And then there is me. I also have passions and goals. I am currently on the board of directors for the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association and the Salvation Army, and I enjoy serving these organizations. I’ve also had the pleasure of participating in Habitat for Humanity builds over the years.

I am humbled with the opportunity to participate in an event that helps to support such an important community organization. This organization shows a passion for helping people. If I can lend just a small hand in raising funds and providing some energy to this event, I will feel accomplished. It’s not just me providing some assistance. With the support of my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, we will all be able to make a difference.

Here’s a sneak peek of Lisa with her dance partner Michael Witte during week one:

A Night of Thrills

JOIN us for “A Night of Thrills” to benefit the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin and support Dancing with Our Stars dancer Ann Vande Hei.

Friday, October 31

Swan Club

875 Heritage Road, De Pere

Doors Open at 5:00pm

 $25.00 donation includes chicken buffet and music by DJ Bruce Marshall. For tickets contact Ann Vande Hei at alvandehei@gmail.com or go online. (be sure to add “Halloween Party” in comments.)

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Monster Mash Costume Party

Support Pam Niles in her “Mirror Ball” quest to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Friday, October 24

8:00pm-Midnight

Heritage Hill State Historical Park

2640 Webster Ave, Green Bay

Tickets:  $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.  Advanced ticket donations can be made by clicking HERE:  (make sure to add “costume party” in the comment section) 

 

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American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser to Announce 2015 Event Participants at September 30 Kickoff Party

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Another cast of local celebrities is assembling to participate in Dancing with Our Stars 2015 for the American Red Cross.  The star dancers will compete to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.  This year’s team of dancers will be revealed during a private kickoff party Tuesday, September 30th. The kickoff party, presented by Festival Foods, will be held at The Marq on French Road in De Pere.

“This event continues to grow and create a buzz in the community,” says Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.  “Everyone involved does a tremendous job not only on the dance floor but more importantly raising funds to help support local Red Cross efforts.”

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its seventh year and it is has been a sold-out event each year.  Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the star dancers receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross.  One dollar equals one vote.  All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe and international programs.

Last year’s event raised a record $500,000 for the local Red Cross.  Jim Rivett, President of Arketype, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $200,000, which also set a record for personal fundraising.

Dancing with our Stars 2015 will take place Saturday, February 14th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

To Vote: https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

Website: http://redcross.org/newisconsin

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#DWOS15 to join the conversation!)

Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc., Festival Foods, Green Bay Packers, Indira Salon & Spa, Jack’s Maintenance Service, Schneider Foundation, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, WBAY-TV and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2015.

Peta Murgatroyd to Return as Celebrity Judge for American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser

(l-r) 2014 Dancing with our Stars Judges. Chris Roth, WBAY, Sports Director, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars, Pro Dancer and Nick Vitrano, WIXX, On-air personality.

(l-r) 2014 Dancing with our Stars Judges:Chris Roth, WBAY, Sports Director, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars, Pro Dancer and Nick Vitrano, WIXX, on-air personality.

Peta Murgatroyd, who teamed with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, will once again serve as a celebrity judge this February for Dancing with Our Stars 2015 for the American Red Cross.

“We’re very excited Peta Murgatroyd will be returning as a celebrity judge for the event,” says Dancing with Our Stars coordinator Shawn Kiser. “Peta brings a tremendous amount of star power and will once again greatly enhance the program’s production and fundraising abilities.”

Murgatroyd will team up with local media members to make up the judging team. They will verbally critique and privately score each dance. At the end of the event, Peta will present the Judges’ Choice Award to the participants who received the highest scores.

Among the unique experiences connected to Murgatroyd’s appearance will be a VIP Reception, as well as the chance to have Peta as a guest at your dinner table.

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its seventh year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. The event features several community members, known as “star dancers”, competing to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the star dancers receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe and international programs.

Dancing with Our Stars 2014 raised more than $500,000 for the local Red Cross.

Dancing with our Stars 2015 will take place Saturday, February 14th, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross & #DWOS15 to join the conversation!

The Day is Here – 6th Annual American Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars!

posterFor the sixth consecutive year, the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin has grown, sold-out and added new highlights to their annual disaster fundraiser. On Saturday, February 15th, not only are 11 local celebrities vying for the fundraising Mirror Ball trophy, they are competing in a dance contest.  Surprises for this year include a professional dancer & celebrity judge Peta Murgatroyd. She may best be known as the professional dancer & coach to Donald Driver. During the evening, she will do more than judge!  Plus, a live-streaming element provides those at home the ability to watch and participate in the event!

Eleven local celebrities are participating in Dancing With Our Stars 2014 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin, presented by the Schneider National Foundation. The 11 star dancers have been competing off the dance floor to raise the most funds for the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Their last chance to raise the stakes are by earning the audiences “vote”. For every dollar donated at the event or online at http://crowdrise.com/DWOSNEW/ they earn another ‘vote’ so the stakes are high to dazzle the crowd in their two dances. This year’s cast includes:

Brian Bartel – Dad/Inventor

Rick  & Susie Beverstein – Senior Vice President, AON

Deb DeLeers – Attorney, Associated Bank

Tammy Elliott – Morning News Anchor, WBAY-TV 2

Tracy Lemsky – Senior Vice President, Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank

Chris Lofgren – President/CEO, Schneider National

Jim Rivett – President, Arketype

Mike Spurlock – Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Assoc., C.P.A.s

Stacy Struck – Regional Manager, Jack’s Maintenance

Jody Weyers – Director, Volunteer & Communications at American Red Cross

For the first time, with the support of Camera Corner Connecting Point, we will have the event streaming live at http://new.livestream.com/cameracornergb/events/2698713.  Not only will viewers at home see the dancing, they will hear the all-star judges including Peta Murgatroyd.  She has not only accepted our invitation to attend, she will get into the dancing line-up Wisconsin style! One lucky member of the audience will dance the “official” state dance, the POLKA with Peta!!  This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

All funds raised support disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the life-saving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program and international programs.

For the first time, the event will be held at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay as this was a larger venue than past years. The evening will begin at 4:30pm with a reception.  The dancing competition starts at 7:00pm

This event is hosted through the amazing support of Green Bay’s DanceSport, J. Powell Dance Studio, Simply Ballroom and TC Dance Club of Appleton are all teaching our local celebrities the Tango, Fox Trot, Rumba, Waltz and many more crowd pleasers.

Special thank you to our event sponsors. The Schneider National Foundation, Ameriprise, Arketype, Associated Bank, Bay Industries, Broadway Automotive, Cellcom, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., the Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, The Kaldas Center,  KI, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and Women’s Specialty Care. Media Sponsors include: WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter serves 20 counties throughout the greater Fox Valley and the Michigan border communities. To learn more about local Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter headquarters at 920-231-3590 or www.redcross.org/newisconsin. Find us on facebook.com/newredcross, on twitter @newredcross.