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.

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

Red Cross New Year’s Eve Soiree

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WHAT: Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars Fundraiser

DATE: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

VIP: 8:00pm

DOORS: 10:00pm

LOCATION:  335 N Broadway St, Green Bay, WI 54303

TICKET INFO:  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Party Details

VIP – Early access, VIP Champagne Tasting, Take Home Gift

All Guests: Passed hors d’ oeuvres, all you can drink champagne & wine, beer, Favors, Premium Cash Bar Featuring Bittercube Cocktails & Vintage Champagne.

Click HERE to by Tickets!  Limited Number Available.

 

 

Get To Know: DWOS Dancer Kim Peeters

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I oversee and manage all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company. While my role within the company has changed this past year due to the death of our broker, community leader, mentor to many and my beloved mother, Joyce Bytof, my belief has not.   I vowed to protect their legacy and integrity.  To be proactive in sharing time, talent and business experience I’ve learned over the year.  To help grow the company and keep it solvent for many years to come.   I don’t see anyway a person can improve or grow without being open minded.  I combine both my head & heart in whatever I do.

Growing up with not a lot of money, we couldn’t afford dance lessons like most of my friends. I was so jealous of the beautiful dresses. So, my first dancing recollection was the Lawrence Welk Show (when I was around 6 or 7) that my mom would watch on Sunday nights and with only one TV we watched too. After that it was the box step with boys in gym class and watching my older (3 years older) sister dance in her room in front of the mirror.  I thought she was so cool and I tried to emulate those moves.

When it comes to my favorite dancer on “Dancing with the Stars I like watching Derek, Max, Cheryl, Peta and all of the dancers.  The pro dancers are just so amazing.  They are flawless, beautiful, and talented.  Too COOL!  And, their partners, the actors/actresses, singers, sports players are unbelievable too, especially those that don’t have a dancing background.  To even put yourself out there and try is what makes them all my favorites.  If I have to pick one – Double D Donald Driver.  This is our guy, from our community, our team and this will never change.

My hobbies are golfing, biking, walking, traveling to warm weather destinations, kayaking and mowing the lawn.  My passions are many. My husband & kids, grand-kids, dogs, grand-dogs, good friends, giving back and making a difference, chocolate and a real good belly laugh.

The American Red Cross is known for their long history of providing help and relief to many organizations.  It’s all about giving back, giving often and giving of your heart.  Whose life hasn’t been served or saved by the Red Cross?

Here’s a sneak peek of Kim and her dancer partner, Terry Irwin.