Donald Driver Returns for LOCAL “Dancing with Our Stars”

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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.

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.