Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Chelsea Anderson

I’m originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community most of my life.  (I am a proud Cheese Head!)  I attended Bay Port High School (Let’s Go Pirates!) before graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology (On, Wisconsin!). Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration (Go Heels!).  Post-graduation, my hope is to get involved with hospital strategy or quality initiatives that will influence patient care and access to healthcare.

I truly enjoy spending time outside and enjoying the fresh air – whether it be sailing on a lake, climbing or hiking at a State Park, going for a run or bike ride, taking my dog for a walk, or downhill skiing out west.  I developed my passion for adventure during college when I was involved with the largest and oldest student organization on campus – Wisconsin Hoofers.  Hoofers is comprised of six outdoor recreation clubs.   I eventually was elected president at the end of my undergraduate career and had the privilege to work with an incredible staff and student leaders to help shape the future of the best student organization on campus.

A special thanks to my family and friends for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.  You have all made a huge impact in my life and I don’t know where I would be without you.

To be honest, I don’t think I can pick a singular moment that was my favorite from my DWOS 2017 experience – the entire ride was so fulfilling and wonderful that I would say the whole experience was my favorite part.  From talking to donors and sponsors, practicing for the performance, and spreading awareness about what the Red Cross does, the DWOS journey was such a well rounding experience.  I am inspired by all the stories of dancers and volunteers to give back more to the community around me – that is the most exciting piece of participating in such an amazing event like this.  (although, taking home the team mirror ball trophy last year was the cherry on top of a pretty awesome cake)

From the age of four, my parents have encouraged me give back to the community that I live in.  My first recollection was feeding the homeless when I was 4 years old at our local church.  I truly did not understand why children my age were hiding food in their pockets.  When I found out the reason why, that moment started my passion to help others in need.  After being closer to hurricanes this past year, I had a better understanding and appreciation of everything that the Red Cross does for people across the nation.  The generosity in the hearts of volunteers and the genuine help they give to those in need is truly inspiring.  I can’t recall a time that I have turned down participation in an event that benefits others and I wasn’t about to start when I was asked last DWOS event.  Also, I couldn’t say no to an opportunity that allows me to share this special journey with one of my best friends – my Mom.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Billi Jo Baneck

I am a full-time 911 dispatcher for Brown County Public Safety and Bridal Coordinator at Ruby Design. I
grew up a farm girl in Wautoma, the oldest of six children. My parents and youngest brother Charlie
were killed in a house fire in 2008 and I eventually made my way to Green Bay.

My hobbies include: crafting, wino nights, traveling, and spending time with my nieces. I also took up
public speaking—conquering one of my greater fears in order to share my story with others.

Volunteering has been a passion of mine my entire life, but became increasingly stronger after I lost my
family members. I became a Red Cross Volunteer with the Disaster Team and Dispatch Team. I volunteer
at the schools, for police supporter organizations, and anywhere else that asks for help.

DWOS 2017 was such a great experience that involved so many amazing moments! First off…any time
with “The Hoochies” is bound to be entertaining! Practices with Michael always left my face stretched
out from laughing so much! (Mina often wondered how we learned anything by working together—said
it was like listening to siblings goof off the entire hour). However, even through all the nerves and
shaking legs and unsure mind, being on the dance floor surrounded by so many supporters was THE
BEST moment of all. Watching video of my sister Katie being a blubbering mess will always come back to
haunt her…and warm my heart, all at the same time.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? My story isn’t finished yet. Every time I do something
that takes me outside my comfort zone, people see that, and a lot respect that and try to emulate that.
I’ve learned over the years that being my own strong person makes those around me stronger too. Zeb
and Bill started this journey with me three years ago with Bill and we are in a unique position to end it
all together. The amazing people that are involved in DWOS become family. I am honored to be a part of
this family and wouldn’t miss the last goodbye for anything!

MirrorBall Bash 4.0 – Don’t Miss this Night of FUNraising!

The Queens of MirrorBall are BACK!!! DWOS All-Stars is underway and the Queens are back to slay the stage!! Join us for our biggest event yet!

Date: Friday November 10th, 2017

Place: Green Bay Distillery, 835 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon, WI

Doors open: 6:30pm

Queens take to the stage: 8:00pm

There will be food, drink specials, raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle and a show you will not want to miss!!

General admission is $20.00 and can purchase at the door

All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Bill McGlin

I am born and raised in the Shawano Lake area. My passion for dance started way back at the young age
of 10 at The Country Club in Cecil where I quickly became a line dancing sensation. I started teaching
line dance at the age of 13 and two years later started my days of competing nationally. I captured the
world championship title in 2000 after returning from a five-month tour overseas in England, Scotland,
Whales, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Ireland where I taught and performed with the best in
the line dance industry. When I am not showing off my line dance and west coast swing skills, I fulfill my
professional career as a 911 Communications Supervisor, which I have worked in the field for the past
17 years. My passion for helping others and saving lives has been enhanced with my time as a volunteer
EMT for 16 years.

One experience from my DWOS 15 participation that stands out in a humorous way happened during
rehearsals. Dancing with Mina was never a dull moment! And throwing in a few lifts and tricks into our
routine also meant practicing things that I have never done…And let’s just say that there was one
rehearsal Mina ended up on the floor with me on top of her. No one was hurt! I didn’t break Mina!

I decided to participate in DWOS All-Stars because of two words…PEER PRESSURE!! (haha) But in all
seriousness, DWOS was so much fun and allowed me to explore another avenue of dance and show off
my west coast swing moves as well! I have always had a strong drive to help and give back to the
community and the American Red Cross is an extraordinary organization to do this for.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Anna Allen

I’m a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico. I have been teaching for 16
years and still love what I do. My wonderful and supportive husband, Jerome, and I have been married
for seven years. We have two beautiful children, Asher (5) and Lyla (3), who fill our lives with joy. We
also have an 11-year- old retired Greyhound named Hazel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, attending
musicals, and choreographing around the area.

Dance and performing have always been a part of my life. I love teaching and choreographing studio
dance at Birder Studio as well as musicals. I recently performed in St. Norbert’s Music Theatre’s Cats
(’16 & ’17) and loved every minute of that crazy ‘Jellicle’ experience.

My favorite moments from DWOS 16 was working with my partner Michael. We are both middle school
science teachers with a passion for performance so every rehearsal was full of story swapping and a
little bit of dancing! I also loved getting to know all the Red Cross volunteers (especially the ‘Hoochies’)
and my fellow DWOS participants. Although it was a competition, everyone cheered each other on! It
was a truly magnificent experience which is why I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars.

The Red Cross was there when my friend’s house burned down, providing her and her family with the supplies and support they needed. I am thankful for all they do and I am honored to participate in DWOS All-Stars.

American Red Cross Kicks Off 10th & Final Dancing with our Stars Campaign

The 10th and final “Dancing with Our Stars” (aka DWOS) campaign supporting the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is now underway. Billed as “Dancing with Our Stars 2018: All-Star Edition, presented by the Schneider Foundation”, local community members who participated in previous years are returning to once again be Star Dancers.

The DWOS alumni committed to participate are:

  • Anna Allen: Howard-Suamico School District
  • Chelsea Anderson: University of North Carolina
  • Billi Jo Baneck: Brown County Public Safety
  • Keith Cronin: Green Bay Packers
  • Kati Donaho: Hyatt Regency
  • Mary Gronnert: Schneider Foundation
  • Tracy Lemsky: Associated Bank
  • Emily Matesic: WBAY-TV 2
  • Zeb Metzler: Innovative Services
  • Bill McGlin: Shawano County Public Safety
  • Pam Niles: Women’s Specialty Care
  • Lisa Pritzl: Prophit Marketing
  • Adam Rockman: Bellin Health
  • Stacy Stecker: Associated Bank
  • Dan Terrio: UnitedHealthcare
  • Jody Weyers: American Red Cross
  • Marty Williams: Sierra Dental
  • Kelly Wolff: Kimberly Clark, Aerial Pole Dance Exercise

Paul Kardish of Schneider also joins the team, taking the place of Chris Lofgren who participated in DWOS 2014. And Grant Soletski of CrossFit Green Bay is the final All-Star, dancing in place of Al Jamir who was part of the DWOS 2015 crew.

The campaign will culminate with a two-night extravaganza. First will be a Disco Dance Party fundraiser on Friday, February 23 and then the traditional ballroom dance show the following night on Saturday, February 24. Both events will take place at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay and will feature appearances by professional ballroom dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, thanks to a sponsorship by Jack’s Maintenance. People in attendance will receive the chance to win personal experiences with Peta and Maks including the opportunity to dance with them.

Shawn Kiser, Executive Producer kicking off our 10th and final year.

While this is the first time Maks will be part of DWOS, it marks Peta’s third appearance as she previously participated as a celebrity judge in 2014 and 2015. Murgatroyd is well known for teaming with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

People interested in purchasing tickets should send an email to: redcrossdwos@gmail.com.

The goal of this final DWOS campaign is to raise $600,000. In its nine-year history, DWOS has raised more than $2 million. 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.

Rane Cegelski, Ballroom by Jay, Get Out and Dance in Weston, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Madison are the participating professional dance partners for the event.

Associated Bank, Bay Industries, BayTek Games, Belmark, Broadway Automotive, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Hyatt Regency Green Bay, Jack’s Maintenance, Khrome Agency, Sanimax, Schneider, Shift Visuals, Three Three Five, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars.

More event details can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross