American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2017 Participants


2017 Dancing with our Stars for the American Red Cross Star Dancers and their pro partners.

The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 4 at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods. For the first time in its nine-year history, DWOS recruited teams to compete in the event in addition to its traditional individual participants. The teams consist of two participants who will work together to raise funds. Divisions will then be created for teams and individuals with those raising the most money in each category taking home a coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.

The community members competing in teams:
Team Champagne Strut:
  – Jennie Sykes – Brand Ambassador, Elevate97
  – Jillian Dempsey – Owner, The Heel
Team Culinary Chemist:
  – Jyll Everman – Co-Owner/Executive Chef, Gather on Broadway
  – Sarah Larson – Quality Control Chemist, Nature’s Way
Team E-Rock:
  – Emily Matesic – Fox Valley Bureau Chief, WBAY-TV
  – Adam Rockman – BSN/RN/CCRN, Bellin Health
Team Rock for the Red:
  – Chelsea Anderson – UW School of Medicine and Public Health
  – Stacy Stecker – Senior Vice President/Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank
Team Vixen 
  – Kelly Wolff – Kimberly-Clark
  – Lusine Weitz – Owner, NC Janitorial

The community members competing individually:

Billi Jo Baneck – Dispatcher, Brown County Public Safety
Jim Knopf – Sales & Marketing Manager, Servpro
Dr. Ryan Martin – Professor of Psychology at UW-Green Bay
Tara Steinhorst – Founder, Colton’s Cure
Carla Vander Loop – Stylist/Social Media Marketing, LS Boutique
Woody from 94.3 JackFM – Program Coordinator/On-Air Talent

20161004_191401These 16 people (a record number of participants for DWOS) will now spend the next five months each learning one ballroom dance which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2017. That event will take place Saturday, February 25th in the grand ballroom of the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its ninth year and it 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:

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.

DWOS 2016 raised more than $200,000 for the local Red Cross. Karen Classon, Owner of SKB Management, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $87,000.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Arthur Murray Dance Centers – Madison & Sun Prairie are the participating professional dance partners for the event.

BayTek Games, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Nature’s Way, Sanimax, Schneider, SKB Management, Tundraland, WBAY-TV 2, 101 WIXX and 94.3 JackFM are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2017.
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 blog:
Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS17 to join the conversation)

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCros

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