Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser Exceeds the $100,000 Goal in Year Three Thanks to an Amazing Team of Dancers

Everything this year was bigger and better for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter with DanceSport of Green Bay. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 26 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay.

Together with the amazing efforts of our ten celebrity dancers and our sponsors we raised over $112,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community. ”We set our sights on a goal of $100,000 and, blasted it to $112,268,” said Mauree Childress, Director of Development and organizer of the event. “I am personally humbled by all of talents, compassion and efforts our team of dancers and the community has done to support this event.”   

“The event was incredibly successful and we are so grateful for the wonderful support from our community,” said Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Lakeland Chapter. “We needed help and the community responded. The support came at a time when we have experienced a significant increase in local fires resulting in our already exceeding our annual budget for direct assistance.” Maricque goes on to say, “We will continue to need help as additional local disasters happen throughout our community.”

Thank you to our sponsors Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, State Farm, Broadway Automotive and Evans Race & Van Dreel CPAs. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 720 guests and volunteers. Our evening began with dinner and followed by our all star dance program were each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with honor dances from George Graphos and Janet Gollnick, and Mindy Bennett and Ben Wolf, followed by the awards and open dance for all our guests.

Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-Owner, Van's Lumber & Custom Builders, with the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy Raised High. (photo courtesy artessence llc)

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-owner, Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders.

The People’s Choice award, sponsored by LeMieux Toyota, went to Stacy Richards and Jay Morth for their Viennese Waltz to “Time of my Life” – smooth category. People’s Choice for the rhythm was awarded to Aymee Balison and Michael Witte for their Cha Cha to “DJ Got us Fallin’ in Love.”

New category this year was the Judge’s Choice awarded to Dean Lindsley and Alyssa Zellner for their passionate tango to “Asi Se Baila El Tang” (from Take the Lead) and in a tie for Rhythm honors was Ronda Kincheloe and Rane Cegelski for their jive to “Sea Cruise” and Jackie Larsen and Michael Witte for their Paso Doble to “Malaguene”

Special thank you to Bill Jartz and Cami Rapson, WBAY-TV 2 Anchors, our masters of ceremonies and our judges for their colorful commentary, Ivan Seleznez, Rebecca Messenger and Tammie Domek.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: John Allen, State Farm Insurance Agent and Owner; Aymee Balison, owner of Sweetpeas’s; Kathryn Bracho, Action 2 New This Morning Anchor; Ronda Kincheloe, Community Supporter; Jackie Larsen, Owner of Fitnessology; Dean Lindsley, Vice President Operations & Product Development Pallas Textiles – Division of KI; Murphy in the Morning, Morning Show Host at 101 WIXX; Stacy Richards, President/COO, burnham richards advertising; Brad Toll, President & CEO of Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-Owner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders; and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay and artistic director of the event, Rane Cegelski, Chris Flores, Naomi Metz, Jay Morth, Taylor Watry and Michael Witte from DanceSport of Green Bay.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

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