Vote for my Mommy, Aymee Balison Please!

Did you know that the American Red Cross has a Pet First Aid Class? Don’t forget about us dogs and cats. By being trained you can help save our life too. This is just one of the many lifesaving courses that are offered by the American Red Cross Health and Safety Department.

By voting for my Mom, you are helping to provide the needed funds to educate our community on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Want to learn more about the Dog and Cat First Aid Course? Call the Health and Safety Department at 920-227-4290.

Dog & Cat Aid – 4 Hours
Course Content: Designed to protect both the pet owner and the pet as well as the pet caretakers and their pet clients (dogs and cats) from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective actions and care that will safeguard the life of an injured pet. The course is taught by a licensed veterinarian.
Participants should indicate if they want the dog first aid booklet/DVD or the cat first aid booklet/DVD.

The “real” Mirror Ball Trophy has Been Giving Out……

But I think our five ladies, would have given Jennifer Grey a run for the trophy! Check out our awesome ladies on their journey to become the fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy Winner! Like what you see!  VOTE!

Aymee Balison Waltzing her way with Dance Partner Michael Witte

Aymee Balison, owner of Sweetpea’s Children’s Clothier, based in De Pere, Wisconsin is also the mother of 4 beautiful girls. She knows first hand how important it is to have a trained, responsible and reliable babysitter.

By voting for Aymee, you are helping the American Red Cross continue one of their most popular health and safety programs – the Babysitter’s Training Course. This class is filled with fun and interactive activities.  With the American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course, youth 11-15 years of age will gain the knowledge and confidence to be a great babysitter by caring for infants through school age children.

Hear first hand the impact this course can make on a child’s life:

Karen is 12 years old.  She was afraid to be by herself – to be home alone.  She did not feel confident to provide much help with her little sister and brother.  Karen is my “little sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  As a Red Cross staff member, I know and believe in the Babysitter’s Training Class.  So, I paid for and brought Karen to take the Babysitter Training.  Karen is now a certified Red Cross Babysitter.  Karen is confident in her ability to be in charge and take care of kids.  She helps her Mom and family, and babysits for her siblings.   She told me with a big smile, “I am earning lots of money babysitting!”  Taking the Red Cross Babysitting Class was a transformative experience for Karen.  I would like to see every 12-year-old learn take the Babysitter’s Training Class at the Red Cross.  The experience and life skills acquired strengthen individuals and their families!  It certainly was a great and needed training for Karen and her family!

— Mauree Childress, Director of Development, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

Click HERE to support Aymee and your local American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Check out ALL our Star Dancers!

Welcome to the Dancing with the Stars for American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter fundraising event.  Ten Northeast Wisconsin Stars are participating in this event.  Stars are being trained in two ballroom dances under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion, DanceSport of Green Bay.

Here’s how you can support this event and your local Red Cross:

  • Support this event and your local Red Cross and “Vote” for your favorite star dancer.  All “votes” will be counted toward your chosen star to help them earn the coveted Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy given away the night of the event.

Not sure what star you want to vote for? Check them ALL out in action!

Event Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Place: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Three Clans Complex, Green Bay

Aymee Balison Tries Out For The Ball

Aymee Balison considers herself a Green Bay native, born on the far east side — just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She was raised in Wyoming with stops in Utah, Montana and Madison before arriving in Green Bay 12 years ago where she found a place to call home.

“The people in Green Bay are just amazing.  They are so warm and so willing to help in any situation, any time.  There’s just nowhere else like the Midwest for kind, caring people.”  Just ask her and she will tell you how truly special Green Bay and its people are.


Aymee and her husband David have four spirited and beautiful daughters Emma, Kate, Grace, and Lily.  They are the inspiration for Aymee’s fun and funky store, Sweetpea’s, in De Pere, which she has owned for 10 years.  When she’s not running around after the girls, she spends time in her various  fundraising, school and board commitments.

Getting to know Aymee…

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion? My earliest recollection of dance is a bag of Barbeque potato chips straight from the vending machine.  My mom used to bribe me with them every week so I would stay in dance class.

Who is your dream dance partner? My dream dance partner would have to be my grandfather, who passed away when I was 21.  I would have loved to have danced with him at my wedding.  His love for singing and dance brought such joy to me as a child.

Who is your favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars? My favorite contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars would have to be Kate Gosselin.  “Dear Lord, please make my dancing look good by comparison and if you can’t, then please have enough pity on me to help me raise a lot of money for the Red Cross.”

Why support the Red Cross with your participation? I can’t dance and this sounds really hard and potentially embarrassing, so it’s right up my alley. No, really,  the Red Cross is a great organization…  where do I start?  Who are the first people  there to help when someone, a neighborhood, a town,  a state needs something?  The Red Cross.  Helping them help others-I’m in!

What’s your favorite song? My mom’s favorite singer was James Taylor, therefore my favorite song would be anything by James Taylor, especially “ Shower the People.”

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Announces Dancers for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

Green Bay, WI – On Wednesday, September 29 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.  Social hour begins at 4:30pm and dinner/program beginning at 5:30pm.

The 2011 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • John Allen, Owner, John Allen Insurance Agency
  • Aymee Balison, CEO, CFO, COO, Balison Family (and owner of Sweetpea’s) 
  • Kathryn Bracho, Anchor, Action 2 News This Morning, WBAY-TV 2
  • Ronda Kincheloe, Community Supporter
  • Jackie Larsen, Owner, Fitnessology
  • Dean Lindsley, V.P. of Operations & Product Development, Pallas Textiles – a division of KI
  • Murphy in the Morning, Morning show host at 101 WIXX
  • Stacy Richards, President/COO, burnham richards
  • Brad Toll, President/CEO, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kurt VandenHouten, V.P./Co-Owner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, Inc.


Our 2011 Dancing with the Stars Team - Top Row (l-r) Murphy in the Morning, Brad Toll, John Allen Middle Row: Dean Lindsley, Kathryn Bracho, Aymee Balison, Kurt VandenHouten Bottom row: Ronda Kincheloe, Jackie Larsen, Stacy Richards

These ten celebrities will be trained in two ballroom dances by DanceSport of Green Bay under the direction of Janet Gollnick, former Midwest champion. Their dance partners will be accomplished and skilled college-aged dancers from DanceSport of Green Bay.

The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy will be the dancer who scores best on the dance floor and who is supported by public and event votes. Votes will be in the form of dollars donated in support of the star dancer, both at the Dancing with the Stars event and dollars pledged in the name of the dancer prior to February 26.  Awards presentation includes “Judges Choice and People’s Choice” trophies. 

We are honored to have Ivan Seleznev of New York City, an eight time Russian champion, Rebecca Messenger, nationally acclaimed Ballroom Judge and Dan Messenger,  former National Champion and Ballroom Judge both of Milwaukee.

All proceeds for the event go to support local programs and services for the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the event will be on sale at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter, starting January 3, 2011.