These Guys Can Dance

We have seen the ladies, now let’s check out the guys who will be competing for the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy at the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Like what you see? Vote for your favorite at

Brad Toll Debut’s his Cha Cha at Annual Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Holiday Reception

Janet Gollnick, Owner DanceSport of Green Bay and Brad Toll

Wednesday, December 1 was the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Holiday Reception at Tundra Resort and Conference Center.  It was a beautiful party with a fabulous spread of delicious cuisine, fine local spirits and delightful treats.  It was attended by many government and community leaders.  Brad Toll, President and CEO, told the crowd that the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau was supporting the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter as their charity this season! He talked about the humanitarian services the Red Cross provides including disaster relief, blood collection, service to our armed forces, healthy and safety instruction and transportation for 60+ and individuals with disabilities. 

He then announced that he was even dancing for this good cause in the annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross.  Just as Brad was saying, “Too bad there is no music”, the music came on and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay, did a great impromptu cha cha with Brad to great applause. Our great volunteer, Barbara Vanden Langenberg brought a DWTS ballot box around and people could vote with their cash. 

Thank you to our star, Brad, DWTS co-chair Dawn Watry, DanceSport dancer extraordinare Janet Gollnick, Barb VandenLangenberg, the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all attendees for all of their support for our Dancing with the Stars event, and for the vital mission of the American Red Cross. 

Brad Toll is all About Promoting Green Bay’s Best!

Brad Toll, CEO of the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, in his “day” job promotes the best Green Bay has to offer for those out of town and within our community. In the “evening”, he’s putting his best foot forward and raising funds for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has served our community since 1916.  We provide services in eight counties: Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Oconto, Shawano and Menominee (MI).  Measured by the number of people served by every dollar donated to the Red Cross, no other non-profit organization in America can boast a higher return on the donor’s investment. Ninety-one (91) cents of every dollar donated to the organization goes to delivering programs and services. The American Red Cross is not a government agency.  As such, it relies on charitable contributions to fulfill its mission. 

Please put your BEST foot forward and “vote” for Brad and help support the 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

“Team Toll” Get’s Ready to Cut a Rug

I’m a Wisconsin native and grew up in the little town of Rosendale where 30 mph means 30 mph.  If you happen to forget, be sure to pick up a t-shirt in the local gas station that say’s “Rosendale – That’s the ticket!”  My wife, Sandy, and our little Westie, Dickens, spent 16 years living in the land of purple and are thrilled to be back in eastern Wisconsin where people bleed green and gold!

I went to college at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where I danced all night in a dance marathon for MDA. My dance career really began when I was a kid in front of our old black and white TV on Sunday afternoons.  My mom would call me into the living room to polka and waltz.  I was a real hit at all of the area wedding dances!  After college, I landed a job working for a national tour operator.  Along with sales management, I went out on tours as a tour manager. On motorcoaches, cruise ships, trains and planes I stumbled my way around the world.  Perhaps the keen sense of balance I developed will keep me from stumbling across the dance floor!  We can only hope!!

I work with a great bunch at the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. I’m a little surprised they were able to talk me into Dancing With The Stars, but they have already begun organizing “Team Toll” and I’m certain it will be a fun and exciting (and hopefully, injury free) ride!

I’m also thrilled to be supporting the American Red Cross.  Every time a tragedy is reported on the evening news, the American Red Cross can be seen aiding those in need, whether they are in Haiti, Pakistan, California, Oklahoma or just down the street.  It is an amazing organization and I’m proud to be associated with them through this fun event.

Getting to know Brad…

Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?  Thanks to my mom, I was a young polka master on the floor at every wedding dance I attended. She and I would dance around the living room during Sunday polka shows on TV. 

Who is your dream dance partner? I would love to take my 85 year old mom for a spin around the floor!  A recent fall has made that a bit difficult, but I promise to go slow! 

Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why?  I have two – Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno.  It was amazing to see how quickly these athletes could pick up the dances and perform them so flawlessly.

Why support the Red Cross with your participation? The American Red Cross is truly an amazing organization.  The help they provide reaches far and wide.  A visit to their website tells the tales of how they are helping flood victims in Wisconsin and Minnesota, fire victims in Green Bay, responding to help hurricane victims in the Caribbean, wildfire victims in Utah, flood victims in Pakistan . . . there are no boundaries when it comes to the support and relief provided by the American Red Cross.  We never know what twists and turns life may deliver, but we can always be assured that the American Red Cross will have our back.

What’s your favorite song? Whatever is playing!

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.