Just in Time for the Holidays Red Cross Red Lipstick & Gloss

1488248_568682003212961_1607278918_nLooking for that perfect gift for someone or maybe a little treat for yourself?  Check out au Naturale Red Cross Red Organic Lipstick or Lip Gloss. au Naturale is teaming up with our very own DWOS14 dancer Tammy Elliott to support her on her way to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.

Click HERE to purchase your lipstick or gloss in time for those holiday parties!

Tammy looking fabulous in her Red Cross Red lipstick.

Tammy looking fabulous in her Red Cross Red lipstick.

Get to Know: Mike Spurlock from Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Associates, C.P.A.s

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photo by Frievalt Photography

Describe your first dance lesson: I was about 14, taking lessons at a church function.  My partner was about 1 ½ feet taller than me and I couldn’t miss stepping on her feet.  The town bully didn’t like me dancing with her (or any other girl for that matter), and picked a fight with me.  He was a big guy and I wasn’t (4’8’’).  He lost and I never was bullied again!  Dancing must have made me quick on my feet.

Who is your dream dance partner:  Jennifer Grey

Why support the American Red Cross: It is a world-wide supporter of people in crisis.  They are there when we cannot be.

Hobbies or Passions: I am an avid aviator.  Started when I turned 60 and haven’t looked back!  I am also a proud grandfather of six (who will be taught to fly!).  Reading, cigars, board gaming re-enactments, gardening, Young Eagles, church and other civic functions, Civic Air Patrol, modeling, did I mention flying?

Get to Know: Stacy Struck of Jack’s Maintenance Service

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

Born and raised in Neenah, Wisconsin. I grew up participating in many sports such as softball, volleyball and figure skating. Figure skating was always my passion throughout childhood. Performing in front of others and competing in front of judges, was a challenge I enjoyed! Now I will have the excitement of performing on the dance floor.

After going to college for Skin Care then Nursing, I finally decided on Business Management. During high school and college I worked for our family business, Jack’s Maintenance Service, on and off along with working for an airline. For seven years I was able to fly all over the country working at different airports and sightseeing all the cities I was visiting. As much as I enjoyed traveling I decided I wanted to have my career a little closer to home and follow my passion which was being a part of our family business. Throughout the last few years with Jack’s Maintenance Service, I have experienced positions in specific accounts, Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing. Recently became the Regional Manager after Jack’s opened a location in Green Bay.

Just within the last few months we moved to Fremont on the Wolf River, where most of my family lives currently. My daughter (5 years old) and I love being on the water seeing as one of our favorite things to do is to go boating and swimming with family. Also we love listening to the live music on the patio at some of the local restaurants in town while enjoying a nice meal. Every once in a while we may dance little as well, but I am sure it is nothing compared to what my experience with Dancing With Our Stars will be.  My daughter is just as excited about me dancing this year, if not more excited than I am, so she can teach me some moves, as she says!  Looking forward to being a part of an amazing event to support the American Red Cross!

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?  My first memory of dancing was when I was about 11 years old with my friend Stephanie. She invited me to her Ballet and Jazz dance class a few times and I loved it. That was when my love of dancing began.

Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner I would say is Richard Gere. He was in the movie “Shall We Dance” with Jennifer Lopez, and I just love that movie. Would be a dream to dance with him, he is an amazing dancer, well at least in that movie!

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and why? I would have to say my favorite dancer of all time on DWTS absolutely is Donald Driver! I am a huge Packer fan and I have always admired Donald Driver’s enthusiasm and drive on the field. When he took that to the dance floor my eyes were glued to the TV every show!

Why support the American Red Cross with your participation?  Supporting the American Red Cross throughout the years has been very important to my family and myself.  I have seen firsthand how the Red Cross has helped out in our community and along with many other communities. Having the American Red Cross as a resource in our community is a must and I encourage everyone to continue to support them because I know I will!

Hobbies or passions:

  • Family and Friends
  • Listening to Live Music – enjoy local bands I can go out and dance to but also acoustic music I can sit and listen to while having a nice dinner
  • Boating – love to spend my summers on the water
  •  Hunting – mostly deer hunting
  •  Aerosmith – definitely my favorite band since I was a child!
  • Green Bay Packers!! – love football season

We are at the Halfway Point!!!!

By DWOS 14 Dancer, Jody Weyers

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My dance partner, Michael Witte, of Simply Ballroom. This lift may just be in one of my routines!!!

It is December 1st – most people are thinking 24 days until Christmas, not me, I am thinking 75 days before Dancing with Our Stars!  We are at the half-way point. Since October 1st, I have been dancing twice a week, for an hour at a time.

As I reflect back on the last two months, I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone.  As Sean Sanders, DWOS 2013 dancer, said at our kick-off party, it is amazing how much you can fit in a day and to enjoy the journey.

That is what I have been trying to do. I have been going nonstop since the kick-off. Work, dance, working-out and fundraising….it is exhausting, but also exhilarating. It is humbling how generous and supportive everyone has been and continues to be.

It is definitely a journey. A journey I am proud to take, with my ten other DWOS14 Stars, and all of our Stars of past to support a cause near and dear to me. Here are some of the highlights over the past two months:

1. Jim Rivett’s Mirrorball Party! He knows how to through one heck of a party, and one that will be talked about for years to come.  If you missed it, click HERE to see pics.

2. Challenging my mind and body. Yes, I can “shake it” with the best of them at a concert or bar, but ballroom dancing is a whole different animal. If my head and thoughts are anywhere else, but in the studio, it is not going to be a good dance day.  Dancing has been teaching me how to focus better, on and off the floor.

3. The camaraderie that has grown with my fellow dancers, their families, and our pro dancers! Yes, it is a competition, but bottom line, we are all there to support each other and to raise money for an amazing cause.

4. Helping me build greater confidence. I am not a size 2, nor do I have to be or ever will be. Dancing is teaching me to appreciate my body just the way it is. I think it is amazing that Amber Riley, took home the Mirrorball this year for the Dancing with the Stars show. She was full of spunk, personality and not a size two. Spunk & personality is what I am trying to channel in my two dances – tango & cha cha.

IMAG2134_1_1 halfway 2I look forward to what the next two months has in store, and will continue to enjoy this amazing (but difficult) journey. Thank you Michael for being an amazing and supportive dance partner in all of this.

Don’t forget to VOTE!!! 

“We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.”
―     Gloria Gaither