Get to know Sean Sanders, Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Director Festival Foods

photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography, llc

Born and raised in De Pere. 41 years old – married for 18 years to my wife Sue. Together we have 3 children – Jordan – 22 years old, Zack – 16 years old and Adam – 15 years old. I love spending time with my family and friends… big fan of all sports and having FUN at whatever I do is a must.  I am a member of The Rotary Club of Green Bay and also on the Executive Board of the Einstein Project.

Get to know a little more about Sean:

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? When I was about 13 I became a huge fan of RAP music. At the time Run DMC was big… rap went hand in hand with breakdancing… I remember being intrigued with the music and the buzz it was creating in the mid 80’s.  As I have gotten older I really found a passion for music… I enjoy all kinds of music but if I am going to a concert, it is going to be a ROCK concert… the louder the better! How that ties into your dancing question??? I don’t know. J

Who is your dream dance partner?  Jennifer Lopez… what else is there to say? There is “something” about her…

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? Donald Driver… because of the Green Bay connection and the energy and smile he displays in his everyday life. Donald has FUN no matter what he is doing. I like that.

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation? I believe it is important to give back to your community. I am blessed to work for Festival Foods… the Skogen family has always believed in enriching the lives of others. Being active in our community is an essential part of who Festival is and we are encouraged to get involved in any way we can.

Hobbies or passions:

-        My wife is my best friend… so that keeps things entertaining at home.

-        I am passionate about my kids… We encourage them to dream big and we will be their biggest fan.

-        I love being around people

-        I must have FUN no matter what I am doing…

-        I am a huge Packer Fan.

Dancing With Our Stars!

By Sean Sanders, on November 15th, 2012

I never in a million years thought I would write a blog about dancing, but here I am- writing about dancing!  When I was approached by the Red Cross to participate In Dancing With Our Stars I wanted to laugh and run away but the chance to raise money for such a great cause was too good to turn down.

My official photo courtesy Frievalt Photography, llc

Even though I have athletic ability (or at least I used to!), I am in no way a dancer so this is a real challenge. To make it even more intimidating, one of my competitors is Betina Driver who is dancing with her husband, Donald Driver.  Some of you might remember that he WON the mirror ball on the last season of Dancing With the Stars.  Nope, that’s not intimidating at all! In case anyone is wondering they are both as engaging and “real” as they appear to be on TV.

My sons, Zack and Adam with DD!

We have had our first few lessons and I have to admit it is a lot of fun.  Luckily, my partner, Jamie Keyzer, is patient and very good.  The other participants are great people and we are all having a blast learning our dances.

Group Lesson

Jamie and I working on our smooth dance moves!

Luckily for me, the trophy goes to the person who raises the most money, not who dances the best so I have a very good chance of winning this competition!  If you would like to see the Mirror Ball displayed at Festival Foods, click HERE to donate.

Pictures, videos and other fun stuff can be found on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NEWRedCross#!/NEWRedCross

Wish me luck and please donate to the Red Cross.  They need your contributions now more than ever.

American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2013 Participants

Top row l-r: Betina Driver, Mary Gronnert, Emily Matesic, Amy Sehring, Erica VanBoxel Bottom Row l-r: Rick Bondowski Todd Bierowski, Sean Sanders, Pat Warpinski

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Thursday night at a kickoff party at the Lambeau Field Atrium. The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

Todd Bierowski – President/Owner, Décor Lighting Sales, Asst. Football Coach, St. Norbert College

Rick Bondowski – Senior Vice President, Regional Retail Director, Associated Bank

Betina Driver – Co-host, “The Better Half”

Mary Gronnert – Foundation Coordinator, Schneider National Foundation, Inc.

Emily Matesic – Reporter, WBAY-TV 2

Sean Sanders – Grocery/Frozen/Dairy Director, Festival Foods

Amy Sehring – Community Supporter

Erica VanBoxel – Green Bay Press-Gazette Magazine Editor

Pat Warpinski – Owner/Veterinarian of The Animal House

They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2013. That event will take place Saturday, February 23rd at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Green Bay. 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. Donations can be made starting Monday, October 29 at this website:

http://american.redcross.org/dwos

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the mirror ball trophy. 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.

Among the “pro dancers” participating in the event will be Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. He’s the reigning champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, taking home the mirror ball trophy during the show’s 14th season. Donald will dance with his wife, Betina.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom, LLC and TC Dance Club of Appleton are the participating dance partner studios for the event.

Information about tickets will be available in January. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars website: http://american.redcross.org/dwos

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

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

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

Northeast WI American Red Cross Website: http://redcross.org/newisconsin

Associated Bank, Festival Foods, the Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, the Oneida Nation, Schneider National, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2013.

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.