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The last champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, returns to the dance floor — as his wife Betina’s professional partner in a local American Red Cross fund-raiser.
Betina and Donald Driver will be one of nine celebrity couples competing in the ARC’s “Dancing With Our Stars” event Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay.
Action 2 News Valley Bureau Chief Emily Matesic is another one of the nine local celebrities set to compete in the event.
The complete dance card will be revealed at an invitation-only kick-off party on October 25.
Betina Driver and her celebrity dance partner have plenty to live up to. Donald Driver brought home the treasured Mirror Ball trophy on the 14th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” famously appearing shirtless in one of the competitions.
The local “Dancing with Our Stars” is in its 5th year. Information about ticket sales will be available in January.
The fund-raising event has sold out each year. In addition to ticket sales, the general public can vote for their favorite local celebrity in the form of donations to the Red Cross. Every dollar equals one vote.
The 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.
“Dancing with Our Stars” is also sponsored by the Green Bay Packers, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Oneida Nation, Festival Foods, Schneider National, WBAY-TV, and WIXX.
October 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Matching mirror ball trophies could soon be on display at the Driver house if Betina Driver is the top fundraiser at Dancing with our Stars 2013 for the American Red Cross. The wife of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is one of nine local “celebrities” set to compete in the event, which supports local Red Cross efforts.
“We’re thrilled both Betina and Donald Driver will be part of Dancing with our Stars 2013,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin. “I believe they will not only bring a high level of energy, enthusiasm and passion to the dance floor but also to raising funds on behalf of the Red Cross.”
Mrs. Driver has plenty to live up to when it comes to dancing after her husband took home the mirror ball trophy earlier this year on the 14th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Those dance moves will again be on display as Donald Driver will serve as Betina’s dance partner at the event.
The Red Cross will host a kickoff party Thursday, October 25th at 7 p.m. to unveil the complete 2013 “star dancer” lineup. It includes top executives, small business owners and members of the media. The invitation-only event will take place on the Club Level of the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Dancing with our Stars is now in its fifth 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, the transportation program and international programs.
Dancing with our Stars 2013 will take place Saturday, February 23rd at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available in January. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:
Dancing with our Stars blog: redcrossdwosblog.org
Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#dwos to join the conversation!)
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
January 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm (sign-up starts at 11:15am)
Location: Pro Bowl (located at Suamico Ale House),2312 Lineville Road, Green Bay
Price: $15.00 per adult and $10.00 per child
Includes: 3 games of bowling, shoes, pizza and soda!!
There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction!
Each dollar raised counts as a vote for Tommy (and a donation to the Red Cross)
You can’t make it to the event? You can still “vote” on-line for Tommy at www.redcrossdwts.org
September 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Join us Wednesday, September 28 for the live announcement of our all star line up for the 4th Annual “Dancing with the Stars” fundraising event. This event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay. Social hour begins at 4:30pm and dinner/program beginning at 5:30pm.
Announcement: Wednesday, September 28
Where: WBAY Auditorium,115 S. Jefferson St.,Green Bay
There will be ten Northeast Wisconsin celebrities participating in this fundraising event. Celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, formerMidwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.
The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who is most supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 18. Awards presentation include “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” trophies.
We are honored to have Dan Messenger of Milwaukee, a former National Champion and acclaimed Ballroom Judge, as judge. Master of ceremonies for the event will be WBAY Anchors Cami Rapson, George Graphos and Chris Roth.
All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.
Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross in Green Bay, starting January 4, 2012.
October 30, 2009 Leave a comment
You must imagine sitting next to Cami Rapson and George Graphos 3 times a day, every weekday during their rigorous training for the inaugral Dancing With Our Stars. The stories of joy and pain, heartache and heel aches, tango and mambo, or is it rumba? or samba? (I can’t keep any of those straight).
Their journey struck a chord, and the pressure to carry the torch for WBAY in year two soon became too much. (I am very grateful that Sarah Thomsen is part of the program so that there is hope for the station) I found myself asking questions about routines, and costumes (George still won’t let me borrow his fancy jacket with the epaulets on the shoulders), and soon I caved. I never was very good at standing on my own two feet, much less dancing with them. But this was the perfect opportunity to overcome those two left feet, if not dress them up in interesting shoes.
I had friends ask me last year why I wasn’t in the competition; I believe on February 21st, the answer will be plain to see. But I received some advice a long time ago in my career from a colleague….”swing hard in case you hit it.!” I intend to swing hard, or jive hard, or foxtrot hard, or samba-mambo-rumba hard. That same person also said, “no donkey has ever won the Kentucky Derby.” Well, no sportscaster has ever won Dancing With Our Stars (there wasn’t one in the competition last year); May The Streak live on!
1. Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? Probably the proverbial junior high “hug and sway” dance
2. Who is your dream dance partner? My wife, but she realizes the inherent danger. I enjoy dancing with my daughters who are too young to realize the peril their feet are in
3. Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why? Love them all
4. Why support the Red Cross with your participation? This is a fantastic organization, and to be able to help out in such a creative (if not embarrassing) way will be great fun.
5. What’s your favorite song? Too many to pick, that’s why we had Janet (Owner, DanceSport) pick the songs
Hobbies or passions: Golf and scuba diving.