Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Maureen Gagnon

i-CZkWprG-XLI have been blessed with a wonderful family.   My husband Jim Gagnon and I raised twin boys that are now married and we couldn’t be prouder of the young men they have become.  We have a family owned business that we are all involved with in some way.  Jim is the President; Jamison is in sales and runs our growing fireplace department.  Andre is our website and tech guy when needed.  I am also in sales and a licensed Interior Designer.   Gagnon Clay Products is a brick, stone, masonry and fireplace company that has been in existence since 1914, three generations run by a family member.

I have lots of hobbies including Cycling, Golf, Zumba, and Yoga. I would like to add traveling to this list when I retire, however one of my most treasured passions is Ballroom dancing.   I am grateful to have my husband Jim as my partner to share the dance experience.  We started dancing together when we became “Empty Nesters” when our boys went off to college. We now both have dance fever and like to practice our dancing and learn new dances too.  I probably have my dance instructor Terry Irwin to thank for bring out our passion for dancing.

My first dance recollection is dancing and singing to Michael Jackson from the Jackson 5’s  “ABC” in my bedroom to a vinyl 45 record on my phonograph in my bedroom.  Ok that had to be in the early 70s!

I already have my dream dance partner, my husband Jim Gagnon.   We know each other so well that it makes for a good partnership.  I also know most of his dance moves!

Derrick Hough is my favorite dancer on the show Dancing with the Stars.  His choreography is always stunning and the dance he creates with his partner is always a joy to watch.

My husband Jim Gagnon & I have been supporting the Red Cross for the past 11 years and this is why: The American Red Cross is a necessary nonprofit organization that responds to emergency situations and helps fill basic human needs during disaster situations.  During emergency situations the media will always point out that the Red Cross is on the scene.  The Red Cross is known for their blood drives collecting lifesaving blood needed every day.  There are numerous other needs fulfilled locally like, providing rides for the elderly and people with disabilities, again providing for basic human needs.  This is all accomplished by volunteers!

It’s a Party in the USA for Dan Terrio ‪#‎DWOS16‬

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Celebrate the spirit of America with two of our favorite past times: Beer and Karaoke while we raise funds for the American Red Cross.

Enjoy The Abbey Bar 30 beers on tap while being served by celebrity bartenders Katie Schurk from 101 WIXX Murphy in the Morning show and Dan Terrio, 2016 ‘star’ dancer in the 8th Annual Dancing With Our Stars event for the American Red Cross. Katie and Dan will be behind the bar from 5:30p to 6:30p working for your tips. 25% of sales during the happy hour will go to the American Red Cross.

i-m8hkZKm-XLThink your a rock star singer? Register for our karaoke competition for a chance to win a cash prize. Our contestants will be critiqued by three local judges and will move on in the competition with your votes in the form of dollars. $1 equals one vote.

  • Registration will begin at 6:00p and the competition will begin at 7:00p.
  • The event will also feature assorted raffles along with a 50/50 raffle.
  • Our event will bring the American spirit in all of us! Don’t forget to wear your Red, White and Blue!!

All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.

SPONSORS: Abbey Bar, Geo and a Mike Karaoke Service of Shawano and Dan’s Drive to 5 Campaign for the American Red Cross. ‪#‎Drive2Five2016‬

 

Get to Know DWOS Community Dancer – Karen Classon

karen ClassonI’m a business owner deeply invested in my community, a passionate participant in all kinds of activities including dance, and a staunch supporter of the American Red Cross. So how could I not get involved in Dancing With Our Stars?

My connection to the American Red Cross is a personal one. I own and operate SKB Management Inc, a Green Bay apartment development and property management firm formed by myself and my late husband Stephen more than 30 years ago.

In that time, my renters have experienced everything nature and misfortune can dish out:  fires, floods, windstorms, tornadoes … you name it. And each time, WHO WAS THERE FIRST? The American Red Cross, ready with water, food and even shelter for every resident who needed help, no questions asked. Dancing With Our Stars is now my chance to give something back.

I vividly recall my first dance – a polka with my father at a wedding. Back then, every Wisconsin wedding reception featured a polka or a waltz, and my parents would always dance them. Since that first polka with my Dad, I’ve loved them all — waltzes, rock and roll — and yes, still the polka!

My dream dance partner was of course Steve, who passed away in 2012. What I wouldn’t give to have one more dance with him!

Beyond work and dance, I stay active through hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and fitness training. I also enjoy travel, reading, Door County and spending time with my wonderful friends and family.I’m honored for the opportunity to give back to the American Red Cross, helping to raise funds for this great organization through Dancing With Our Stars. I look forward to your support!

Follow Karen on her journey by “liking” her Facebook Page!

Plank for a Cause #redcross100

Jen Plank

A 100 second plank in gratitude to the volunteers that give their time to this great organization. Her is how I thought of the idea and how it works.

jen head shotHow it works:
1. You will be holding a 100 second plank (1m40sec) it can be whatever variation you want it to be, even modified, but no switching around.
2. After completion- share this photo and tag 3 friends to take the challenge using the hashtag #redcross100
3. This is all for a good cause! We suggest a $20 donation, but you can donate whatever you feel appropriate!

Have fun with it… Help create awareness and positive change! Maybe snap a pic and post on my FB Page.

I want to see those planks!   Jen

 

 

Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Anna Allen

IMG_2741I am a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico.  I have been teaching for 14 years and continue to love what I do.  I am blessed to be able to teach in such a great district with a supportive staff and administration.  My wonderful and understanding husband, Jerome, and I have been married for five years and we have three beautiful children, Asher(3), Lyla(1), and our retired greyhound named Hazel.  In my spare time (if any) I enjoy reading and watching musicals.

My first dance memory was with my younger sister, Sara.  We would put on the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing and dance around the living room for hours.  My mom put us in dance class and a new passion was found!  I danced throughout high school and received a dance scholarship for UW-Green Bay.  While attending Green Bay I was part of the Phoenix Pride Dance Team and performed in Danceworks and in the musical Pippin held at the Weidner Center.  That was a dream come true!  After college, I performed with Broadwaymania, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, and with St. Norbert’s Music Theatre.  I continue to choreograph musicals in the area.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

My dream dance partner is the late Patrick Swayze.  Who didn’t fall in love with him in Dirty Dancing and Ghost? Not many people know he was a professionally trained ballet dancer.  I always wanted to do “the lift,” but I am fairly certain that time has passed for me!  My favorite dancer from Dancing with the Stars is Cheryl Burke. I can tell that she is a great teacher with a passion for dance and was the first professional to win back to back seasons.  Also, short girls rock!

I am supporting the American Red Cross because of all the help and relief it provides to those in need.  When my friend’s house burnt down the Red Cross was there immediately to provide her and her family with the supplies and the support they needed.  I am thankful for all they do and honored to participate in DWOS!

Follow Anna’s journey on Facebook by “liking” her community page.

Do You Like Wings??

i-m8hkZKm-XLThanks to the generosity of Buffalo Wild Wings of Ashwaubenon, you can take advantage of their delicious wings while providing a contribution to the American Red Cross.

B-Dubs will host an American Red Cross night at their Ashwaubenon, WI restaurant on October 7th. From open till close, if you go in and either present a ticket below or mention to the wait staff that ‘you’re here to support the American Red Cross’, BWW will donate 10% of your purchase to the campaign.

This is only good for October 7th and it is good for dine in or carry out.

Spread the word!!! #Drive2Five2016

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American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2016 Participants

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The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 6 at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods.  The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

  • Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
  • Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
  • Karen Classon – SKB Management
  • Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, The Hyatt on Main
  • Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
  • Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
  • Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
  • Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
  • Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental

Edit 3They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2016. That event will take place Saturday, February 20th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its eighth 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. Donations can be made now at this website:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. 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.

Last year’s event raised $170,000 for the local Red Cross.  Ann Vande Hei, Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Bill Beschta are the participating dance partners for the event.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars donation website: http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)

Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.

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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.

 

American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser to Announce 2016 Event Participants at October 6 Kickoff Party

Another cast of local celebrities is assembling to participate in Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.  The star dancers will compete to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.  This year’s participants will be revealed during a private kickoff party Tuesday, October 6. Presented by Festival Foods, the kickoff party will be held at The Marq on French Road in De Pere.

“This event continues to grow and create a buzz in the community,” says Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.  “The star dancers do a tremendous job not only on the dance floor but more importantly raising funds to help support local Red Cross efforts.”

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its eighth 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 and international programs.

Last year’s event raised nearly $170,000 in net revenue for the local Red Cross.  Ann Vande Hei of Wisconsin Public Service took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.

Dancing with our Stars 2016 will take place Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Donation Website: https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars

Dancing with Our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)

Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, the Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.

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.