Get to know Star Dancer 2013 – Rick Bondowski

9131RickI’m Rick Bondowski, Regional Retail Director at Associated Bank, I have been with Associated Bank for nearly 6 years. I serve on the board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin and the Menominee Tribal College.

I am also a dad, husband, son, brother, uncle. I am on a mission to not embarrass myself and the aforementioned parties with my participation in Dancing with The Stars competition. My wife Claudine and I are blessed to have a wonderful son Jack, who was really excited for this competition; more so to see Donald and Betina Driver dance, rather than his Dad. I enjoy hunting, golfing, coaching Jack’s sports teams, as well as cheer on the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and my alma mater Marquette University.

My early memories of dancing come from family weddings.  When I was teenager, I believed I could really cut a rug.  I realize now that the sprinkler, lawn mower and driving the bus moves I had then will probably not cut it in this competition. I also spent a little time in show choir  in junior high and still take a lot of grief for the spirit finger moves I was required to do.

My personal favorite Dancing With The Stars Celebrity is Katherine Jenkins from the season Donald  Driver won. How could you not love someone who could say “Naughty Bits” on National TV?  She was also elegant, classy and quite a good dancer.

I am proud to support a great organization like the  American Red Cross and all the humanitarian efforts they lead. The risk of embarrassing myself is a small price to pay to help raise money to support those in need, when they need it most. With that, I am somewhat of a quiet guy. This experience is one of those ‘break out of the shell events’ that everyone should try. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can be a good thing from time to time, and I am surely doing that here! When given the chance to sit it out or dance – I hope we all choose to dance.

Betina & Donald Driver to Support American Red Cross in “Dancing” Fundraiser

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:

Website: redcross.org/newisconsin

Dancing with our Stars blog: redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NEWRedCross

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

The Green Bay Packers, the Oneida Nation, Festival Foods, Schneider National, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of the event.

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.

Vote for Tommy Fox of WIXX

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Dancing With The Stars for the Red Cross is a great fundraising event!!  The Red Cross helps so many people and is such an excellent organization for those in need that this is a very fun and entertaining way for anyone to get involved and raise money to help!

  • Ten Northeast Wisconsin Stars are participating in this event, and all Voting Money goes to the Red Cross!!
  • Stars are being trained in two ballroom dances under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion, DanceSport of Green Bay.
  • They will compete at the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Three Clans Complex, Green Bay.

This is a very fun, entertaining, classy event!

Here’s how you can support Tommy and your local Red Cross for this event:

Help him earn the coveted Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy given away the night of the event.

VOTE FOR TOMMY

Coveted Mirror Ball

VALENTINE SWEETHEART PACKAGE

Here is the Week #3 incentive voting package for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

 “VALENTINE SWEETHEART PACKAGE”

-        Romance Package from Kress Inn, includes one night’s lodging in a Whirlpool/Fireplace Suite, Seroogy’s Chocolates, Champagne, and Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast 

-        $25.00 Gift Certificate from Foxy Lady Cruises

-        $40.00 Gift Certificate from Longhorn Steakhouse

-        $10.00 Gift Certificate from Seroogy’s Chocolates

-        $50.00 Gift Certificate from Aster Park Floral

This Valentine Sweetheart Package totals over $300.00 worth of items! 

How do you enter? It’s easy! Any $25.00 or more “VOTE” will automatically qualify you in a drawing to win the package. The winner will be drawn on Monday, February 21! Thank you to all of our contributers.

VOTE To Earn your Shot at our Exciting Packer Backer Incentive Package!

Haven’t voted for your favorite star for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Fundraiser? This is the week to do it! VOTE  January 28 – February 3 — All votes $25.00 or more will automatically be entered into a drawing for a very special package:

Packers Backer Incentive Package!

This is the package you need to be all set for your Super Bowl activities for next week.

  • Mini NFL Packer Helmet signed by Edgar Bennett
  • Signed Team Packer Football
  • 2010 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers T-shirt
  • Packer Blanket
  • Packer T-shirt
  • Packer Tote Bag

Winner will be drawn and notified on February 4.  Go on-line starting Friday and VOTE!!! 

Thank you to the following businesses and people for your contributions to make this package possible:

 The Green Bay Packers

Edgar and Mindy Bennett

Barb Vanden Langenberg

Dawn Watry

Vote for my Mommy, Aymee Balison Please!

Did you know that the American Red Cross has a Pet First Aid Class? Don’t forget about us dogs and cats. By being trained you can help save our life too. This is just one of the many lifesaving courses that are offered by the American Red Cross Health and Safety Department.

By voting for my Mom, you are helping to provide the needed funds to educate our community on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Want to learn more about the Dog and Cat First Aid Course? Call the Health and Safety Department at 920-227-4290.

Dog & Cat Aid – 4 Hours
Course Content: Designed to protect both the pet owner and the pet as well as the pet caretakers and their pet clients (dogs and cats) from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective actions and care that will safeguard the life of an injured pet. The course is taught by a licensed veterinarian.
 
Participants should indicate if they want the dog first aid booklet/DVD or the cat first aid booklet/DVD.