Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser Exceeds the $100,000 Goal in Year Three Thanks to an Amazing Team of Dancers

Everything this year was bigger and better for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter with DanceSport of Green Bay. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 26 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay.

Together with the amazing efforts of our ten celebrity dancers and our sponsors we raised over $112,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community. ”We set our sights on a goal of $100,000 and, blasted it to $112,268,” said Mauree Childress, Director of Development and organizer of the event. “I am personally humbled by all of talents, compassion and efforts our team of dancers and the community has done to support this event.”   

“The event was incredibly successful and we are so grateful for the wonderful support from our community,” said Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Lakeland Chapter. “We needed help and the community responded. The support came at a time when we have experienced a significant increase in local fires resulting in our already exceeding our annual budget for direct assistance.” Maricque goes on to say, “We will continue to need help as additional local disasters happen throughout our community.”

Thank you to our sponsors Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, State Farm, Broadway Automotive and Evans Race & Van Dreel CPAs. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 720 guests and volunteers. Our evening began with dinner and followed by our all star dance program were each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with honor dances from George Graphos and Janet Gollnick, and Mindy Bennett and Ben Wolf, followed by the awards and open dance for all our guests.

Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-Owner, Van's Lumber & Custom Builders, with the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy Raised High. (photo courtesy artessence llc)

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-owner, Van’s Lumber and Custom Builders.

The People’s Choice award, sponsored by LeMieux Toyota, went to Stacy Richards and Jay Morth for their Viennese Waltz to “Time of my Life” – smooth category. People’s Choice for the rhythm was awarded to Aymee Balison and Michael Witte for their Cha Cha to “DJ Got us Fallin’ in Love.”

New category this year was the Judge’s Choice awarded to Dean Lindsley and Alyssa Zellner for their passionate tango to “Asi Se Baila El Tang” (from Take the Lead) and in a tie for Rhythm honors was Ronda Kincheloe and Rane Cegelski for their jive to “Sea Cruise” and Jackie Larsen and Michael Witte for their Paso Doble to “Malaguene”

Special thank you to Bill Jartz and Cami Rapson, WBAY-TV 2 Anchors, our masters of ceremonies and our judges for their colorful commentary, Ivan Seleznez, Rebecca Messenger and Tammie Domek.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: John Allen, State Farm Insurance Agent and Owner; Aymee Balison, owner of Sweetpeas’s; Kathryn Bracho, Action 2 New This Morning Anchor; Ronda Kincheloe, Community Supporter; Jackie Larsen, Owner of Fitnessology; Dean Lindsley, Vice President Operations & Product Development Pallas Textiles – Division of KI; Murphy in the Morning, Morning Show Host at 101 WIXX; Stacy Richards, President/COO, burnham richards advertising; Brad Toll, President & CEO of Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kurt Vandenhouten, Co-Owner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders; and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay and artistic director of the event, Rane Cegelski, Chris Flores, Naomi Metz, Jay Morth, Taylor Watry and Michael Witte from DanceSport of Green Bay.

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

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VALENTINE SWEETHEART PACKAGE

Here is the Week #3 incentive voting package for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

 “VALENTINE SWEETHEART PACKAGE”

–        Romance Package from Kress Inn, includes one night’s lodging in a Whirlpool/Fireplace Suite, Seroogy’s Chocolates, Champagne, and Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast 

–        $25.00 Gift Certificate from Foxy Lady Cruises

–        $40.00 Gift Certificate from Longhorn Steakhouse

–        $10.00 Gift Certificate from Seroogy’s Chocolates

–        $50.00 Gift Certificate from Aster Park Floral

This Valentine Sweetheart Package totals over $300.00 worth of items! 

How do you enter? It’s easy! Any $25.00 or more “VOTE” will automatically qualify you in a drawing to win the package. The winner will be drawn on Monday, February 21! Thank you to all of our contributers.

Vote this Week to get a Chance to Win our FAMILY FUN PACKAGE

Haven’t voted for your favorite star for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Fundraiser? This is the week to do it! VOTE  February 7 – February 13 — All votes $25.00 or more will automatically be entered into a drawing for a very special package:

This week: Family Fun Pack 

  • Tundra Lodge – One night stay in Queen Suite – includes four water park passes gift certificate.
  • Fox Harbor Pub and Grill – Two Pizza and 100 Wing Party gift certificate.
  • Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley – 5 – $10.00 Gift Certificates (total $50.00) for Cosmic Bowling.
  • Heirloom Portraits – Gift Certificate for Portrait Sitting.

Thank you to the above business for your support. Winner will be drawn on Monday, February 14.

   

Get to know our Dance Partners: Alyssa Zellner

I grew up in a small town and was raised on a farm, and there’s nothing like the feeling of being in the country.  I am a sophomore at UW Green Bay, and I am majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science. I plan to continue my academic career at UW Lacrosse double majoring in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science with an emphasis in performance and/or fitness.

I adopted a more busy lifestyle when I joined the ballroom club my freshman year.  I’ve been participating in competitions since my enrollment in the ballroom club. My first experience was at the state competition in Milwaukee, with two other competitions, Wausau’s Fall Ball and Adagio Social Competition in Appleton, following. Learning how to ballroom dance was one of my goals ever since I was little, and now I found myself in love with it. The more I dance, the more I have grown to enjoy certain ones, in which the Tango, Waltz, Swing, and Cha Cha are some of my personal favorites, and I am anxious to master the Quickstep, Jive, and Samba.

No matter what type of day I am having, ballroom always enlightens my mood. Besides Ballroom dancing, a few other activities I enjoy are skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, showing livestock, playing with my dogs, spending time with my friends, singing, and traveling. 

I am extremely excited and honored to be part of the 2010 Dancing with the Stars fundraiser for the American Red Cross. I believe the tasks that the volunteers of the Red Cross perform are so meaningful to the community. I feel it is important to recognize what they do for those in need, and I am glad to be part of such an event to help fulfill their mission.

Get to know our Dance Partners: Chris Flores

I am from Gresham, WI.  I am currently a sophomore attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  I am majoring in Human Biology with an emphasis in exercise science and dietetics.  I have officially been involved in ballroom dancing for almost a year, but I did have some minor experience with ballroom before attending college.  I got into ballroom dancing on campus thanks to my good friend Jay. 

 Dance Questions:

Name the top competitions you have participated in? Wisconsin State Dance Competition in Milwaukee

 What are your favorite dances and why?  I enjoy all dances because they are unique in their own ways.

 Why do your support the Red Cross? They help everyone out; even those who some deem to be “bad guys”

Hobbies or passions:  Being physically active (sports, running, working out), reading, watching movies, and being with friends.

Get to know our Dance Partners: Naomi Metz

Naomi currently attends Northeast Wisconsin Technical College majoring in Business Management with the aspiration of one day owning her own dance studio.  She started dancing in 2nd grade, taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Hip-Hop.  Dancing has been her passion ever since.

During her junior year in high school she realized she wanted to expand her knowledge of dance to include Ballroom and fell in love with it.  Naomi recently competed with Ivan Saleznev at the Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio and recalls it as the most amazing experience of her dancing career to date.  She will continue training and competing with Ivan, looking forward to see what lies ahead for her and her dancing.

This past school year has also been her first year as a Choreographer for the Denmark High School Dance Team.  Naomi has a burning desire to help other dancers grow as performers and individuals.  Whether it’s through improving their technique, pointing out their strengths, challenging them to push in areas of weakness, or helping them grow in their confidence and character, she desires for dancers to be their very best!

This is Naomi’s first year taking part in the Dancing with the Stars fundraiser.  She is very excited to be volunteering for such an amazing organization, and is blessed that she can use what she loves to do most to help.  She is hoping to make Murphy and Kurt’s Dancing With the Stars journey one that they will never forget.

Dance Questions:

Name the top competitions you have participated in? Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio and the Wisconsin State in Milwaukee, WI

What are your favorite dances and why? International Cha-Cha and Paso Doble just because they have a lot of spunk and are a ton of fun to perform.

Why do your support the Red Cross? I know the amazing blessings that the American Red Cross has given not expecting anything in return and it’s refreshing to be able to help their cause.

Hobbies or passions: Dancing of course along with coaching, painting, drawing, and playing guitar.

 

 

 

 

Dance Questions:

  1.  Name the top competitions you have participated in?

        Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, Ohio

        Wisconsin State in Milwaukee, WI

  1. What are your favorite dances and why?

International Cha-Cha and Paso Doble just because they have a lot of spunk and are a ton of fun to perform.

  1. Why do your support the Red Cross?

I know the amazing blessings that the American Red Cross has given not expecting anything in return and it’s refreshing to be able to help their cause.

Hobbies or passions:

Dancing of course along with coaching, painting, drawing, and playing guitar.