Happy Hour to Help the Red Cross

Watch your favorite Associated Bank Senior V.P.’s pour you drinks!

Raise a toast to Tracy Lemsky to help raise donations as she participates in this year’s Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

DATE: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

WHERE: Hagemeister Park, 325 N. Washington St, Green Bay

TIME: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Can’t make it? You can still show your appreciation by donating to her cause!


Happy Hour To Help the Red Cross - Tracy

Get to Know: Tracy Lemsky

IMG_2668I am originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community for 13 years.  It was my intention to eventually move back to the East coast but after settling in and truly enjoying what this community has to offer, my husband, Jim, and I decided to make Green Bay our home.  We enjoy traveling, biking, and spending time outdoors.  I have a smart, beautiful daughter named Chelsea who is currently a senior at UW-Madison and is the Hoofer Council President.   Although I am not a dancer, I enjoyed watching my daughter dance for the Bay Port High School Dance Team for four years.  We also have two energetic weimaraners, named Madison and Mitchell, that keep us on our toes at all times.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I get to spend my time working with an amazing team of professionals.   The special part about this team is that we all have a common goal to provide the best service to our clients and give back to our community while maintaining a healthy balance with what’s most important in life – our families.  It is wonderful to work for a company that allows their employees to give back to the community but it is extraordinary to work for a company that actually encourages and inspires you to do so.

My first real memory of dancing, if you could call it that, was when I was in grade school.  My sisters and I would play the sound track to “Grease” and do the “Hand Jive”.  We were head over heels in love with John Travolta and enjoyed doing all of the dances from the movie.  A more recent memory of dancing was doing the Rumba with my husband on our wedding day.  Although I was surrounded by our closest friends and family, it was still a nerve-racking experience.

My dream dance partner would have to be the late Fred Astaire.  His dances were fun and looked virtually effortless.   His ballroom dances with Ginger Rogers reminded me of a fairy tale romance.  They were simply beautiful.  Also, I figure at 114 years old, I wouldn’t have any problem following his lead.

My favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has to be Donald Driver.  Watching him have so much fun in every dance he did made it exciting to watch.  His charismatic way and contagious smile brought something new to the competition.

When someone asks why I support the American Red Cross, I am almost tongue-tied because there are a million reasons to support this incredible organization.  The first reason that comes to mind is the quality education they deliver.  Their classes provide the skills needed to respond to basically any emergency.  Another reason the Red Cross is remarkable is their ability to help in times of crisis.  Every time I read the paper or watch the news and hear of the lives affected by a natural disaster, I feel powerless because I want to help them all.  Supporting the Red Cross, by participating in DWOS, is my way of reaching out and helping the most people in need.

A special thanks to my family, friends, and wonderful husband for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.

Get to know Star Dancer 2013 – Rick Bondowski

9131RickI’m Rick Bondowski, Regional Retail Director at Associated Bank, I have been with Associated Bank for nearly 6 years. I serve on the board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin and the Menominee Tribal College.

I am also a dad, husband, son, brother, uncle. I am on a mission to not embarrass myself and the aforementioned parties with my participation in Dancing with The Stars competition. My wife Claudine and I are blessed to have a wonderful son Jack, who was really excited for this competition; more so to see Donald and Betina Driver dance, rather than his Dad. I enjoy hunting, golfing, coaching Jack’s sports teams, as well as cheer on the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and my alma mater Marquette University.

My early memories of dancing come from family weddings.  When I was teenager, I believed I could really cut a rug.  I realize now that the sprinkler, lawn mower and driving the bus moves I had then will probably not cut it in this competition. I also spent a little time in show choir  in junior high and still take a lot of grief for the spirit finger moves I was required to do.

My personal favorite Dancing With The Stars Celebrity is Katherine Jenkins from the season Donald  Driver won. How could you not love someone who could say “Naughty Bits” on National TV?  She was also elegant, classy and quite a good dancer.

I am proud to support a great organization like the  American Red Cross and all the humanitarian efforts they lead. The risk of embarrassing myself is a small price to pay to help raise money to support those in need, when they need it most. With that, I am somewhat of a quiet guy. This experience is one of those ‘break out of the shell events’ that everyone should try. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone can be a good thing from time to time, and I am surely doing that here! When given the chance to sit it out or dance – I hope we all choose to dance.