Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Kati Donaho

I’m a sales manager for Hyatt Hotels who recently relocated from the Green Bay area to Houston, TX. I have a husband of over 13 years and two children (Jameson, 9 Finley almost 7). I enjoy spending time with my family, but also enjoy working out, listening/reading books, and watching movies in my spare time.

What is a favorite moment(s) from your initial DWOS experience?

I think winning People’s Choice had to be the top because I was so nervous I was going to fall or completely forget my steps!

Why did you decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars?

The Red Cross plays such an important role in the community and I wanted to be a part of that experience again. In addition, I have made lifelong friends from the first go-round and wanted the opportunity to work with even more amazing people.

Dancing with Our Stars 2016 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $200,000+!

 

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The 8th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $200,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Broadway Automotive; Erie Insurance; Festival Foods; Gagnon Clay Products; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; NXC Imaging; Schneider Foundation, Toonen Properties and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and 101 WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle the crowd. The evening began with dinner and followed with our amazing dance program where each star dancer performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

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People’s Choice award for showcase one: Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski, Foxtrot – “Kill of the Night.” Photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Karen Classon. The owner of SKB Management raised $87,000 to support the local Red Cross.

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People’s Choice award for showcase two: Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte., Jive – “Shut Up and Dance.” Photo by Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Kill of the Night.” The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Shut Up and Dance.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” and a Bolero to “Alone.”

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured - the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured – the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and Nikolay Karchev, Jay Morth and Heather Wudstrack for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion:
Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
Karen Classon – SKB Management
Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency
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

Also, thank you to our pro dance partners: Rane Cegelski and Brad McDonald from DanceSport of Green Bay; Bill Beschta; Jamie Blair, Michael Witte and Mina Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Jim Gagnon, Toby Crawford and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club of Appleton.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local Red Cross.

Kati’s Big Night of Comedy!

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John Egan @eganj

Join us for an evening of stand up and improv put on by John Egan and Tucker Dietrich as well as other local comedians! Also there will be a chance to vote (by donating) on the improv game Kati Donaho will perform on stage! This is all happening at Backstage at The Meyer!

Date: January 7, 2016

Time: 6:00PM

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Tucker Diedrich @tuckercomedy

Ticket Price: $20 for one ticket or $35 for two tickets in advance / $25 for one ticket or $40 for two tickets day of show.

Cash bar, complimentary snacks, raffles and automatic entry to win an overnight stay at one of several Wisconsin Hyatt Hotels!!

CAN’T ATTEND?? Boo for you, but you can still help Kati in the quest for the Mirror Ball by donating by clicking HERE!

Get to Know DWOS Community Dancer – Kati Donaho

i-GbJvhF3-XLI have been married to my husband Josh for 11 years and we have two wonderful children. My son Jameson is 7 and loves karate and everything Legos. My daughter Finley, will be 5 in November and she is into everything princess, and is taking dance lessons just like me! I just started doing boot camp classes with Bode fitness, and taking classes at my son’s karate school. I was in the Army for about seven years and was also a student athlete – focusing on cheerleading and track (I was too short for any of the other sports!). I have gotten off course with my fitness routine after having both kids but am excited to be using these different mediums to show my kids being active is important.

I am very passionate about ending homelessness in Brown County and the surrounding areas. I have been on the board of directors for Freedom House Ministries for over two years, and am excited to be partnering with the American Red Cross. I feel like these organizations really work together and am supporting both at the same time.

I work for the Hyatt as a Sales Manager focusing on Business Travel and Group business. I love this position as it gives me a chance to work with different types of people on a daily basis. My job is to bring in groups and sell the space in the KI Convention Center.

I remember dancing at a very young age at Anna Rose Riederer’s dance studio and in Fond du Lac. I believe I was about 4 or 5. I remember taking tap, jazz and ballet and baton and my parents waiting in the lobby for every class! I also remember accidentally dropping my baton off the stage at a dance competition as well. Oh—and falling on some slippery water at a nursing home, while wearing my tap shoes, right before a competition. Pretty sure I had to get stiches.

I would love to have had the chance to dance with Patrick Swayze. I mean Dirty Dancing—come on!! My favorite star dancer on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” was Kelly Monaco from Season One. To see her be so awkward with no confidence at the beginning of the season to then win the whole darn thing is pretty amazing.

Looking for a way to support Kati??  Grab that College Sweatshirt from the back of the closet and come out Saturday for “College Throwback” 

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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.