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
They 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:
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
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.
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.