Official 2018 Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross Poster!

Join us in saluting this amazing team and our sponsors for their dedication to community service. Props also to Harle Photography LLC for designing yet another awesome poster. #DWOS18 #RedCrossAllStar

People interested in purchasing tickets to either the Friday, Feb 23 Disco Ball event or the Grand Event on Saturday, Feb 24 (limited seating available) should send an email to: redcrossdwos@gmail.com.

 

Get to Know our Dance Pros: Rane Cegelski; RS Ballroom Instruction

I’m very excited to be returning as a Pro-Dancer for this year’s “Dancing with Our Stars.” I’ve enjoyed meeting and working with so many amazing people throughout the years.

I was first introduced to ballroom dancing from watching “Dancing with the Stars” on TV, and got started from the local Dancing with Our Stars as a volunteer the first year.

I recently spent a few months in the Twin Cities learning and working with some of the country’s best coaches and dancers. This year will be my 9th year dancing in this event, and the first year I volunteered. When I’m not ballroom dancing I enjoy spending time with friends, family, collecting vinyl, being outdoors, and traveling.

Get to Know our Dance Pros: Arthur Murray Dance Studio – Madison

Charles Michaels is the dance director and co-franchisee of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Madison, WI. Competing with his favorite partner, his wife Sarah, he has made the finals in numerous One-Dance competitions. He has also gone on to win multiple Future Champion titles with the Arthur Murray organization. Charles and Sarah’s dog Obi is at the studio with them every day and would love to learn to dance, but is limited due to his two left feet. 

Get to Know DWOS All Star: Adam Rockman

I made a major life change in 2010 when I decided to leave the motorsports industry I worked in for more than 10 years to return to school to pursue my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  I graduated in 2012 and began working at Bellin Health where I am currently employed as a registered nurse (RN) in the intensive care unit (ICU).

I love my new career.  As an ICU RN, I often work with people on the worst day of their lives.  Although being an RN can be physically and emotionally exhausting, helping my patients and their families through tough times is one of the things that keeps me motivated in my job.

Originally from Escanaba, Michigan, I’ve has been living in the Green Bay area since attending St. Norbert College where I played football for the Green Knights.  I have a son named Troy and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Desmo.  We live together with my wonderful wife and DWOS teammate, Emily Matesic.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience wasn’t really a moment at all.  It was the people.  This event has brought an eclectic group of people together because they all have a passion for helping people.  There are so many people involved with this event from all walks of life that are freely willing to give their time, money, services, and expertise to support the Red Cross.  I remember walking into the venue the night of the event and seeing how happy and excited everyone was.  Seeing this event come to fruition after all the months of work and preparation by so many peoples was an extraordinary feeling.

I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars because especially this last year we had all been reminded of how important the Red Cross is.  2017 seemed to be a never-ending array of natural disasters and the Red Cross was there for all of them, helping people when they need help the most.  Joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars is a way of helping that organization in a way I couldn’t do simply by myself.  Combine that with the camaraderie and good times that you get with a group of people brought together for a common cause and joining the cast of DWOS All-Stars was a no brainer.

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star Emily Matesic

I’ve worked in broadcast journalism for more than 15 years. I’ve been with WBAY-TV since August 2005, and in 2010 was promoted to Fox Valley Bureau Chief.

After a year as a production assistant on “Special Edition” (now “MSNBC Investigates”), I accepted a job as a reporter at WENY-TV in upstate New York in 2001. A month later I was anchoring. In 2002, I led the team that produced, wrote and edited a 90-minute, commercial-free special commemorating the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, earning the New York State Associated Press Award, the station’s first AP award.

I’ve covered a lot of memorable stories, but my personal favorite was flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds when the elite aerobatic unit came to EAA AirVenture to perform for the first time in the summer of 2014.

A former Division I college soccer player, I still enjoy playing soccer today. I also volunteer for the American Red Cross, especially during the Dancing with Our Stars fundraisers.

And while I made Northeast WI my home, I’m originally from Pittsburgh and love to cheer for the Steelers.  As they like to say in my hometown, you can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!

What is my favorite moment from my two previous DWOS experiences?  I don’t think there is one thing I don’t like about DWOS.  But my favorite is probably the relationships I’ve built over the years with the other dancers and volunteers.  It is seriously the BEST group of people EVER!!!

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? WHY NOT!!!  This is not only such a fun event, but the good it does for those in Northeast WI is inspiring.  I’ve done this twice before and I couldn’t NOT do it the final time.

Double Down for the Red Cross!

Emily Matesic, Adam Rockman and Lisa Pritz are coming back for the final year of Dancing with Our Stars. In an effort to raise funds for the American Red Cross we hosting a Casino Night that will be filled with casino-style gaming tables, basket raffles, food, friends and fun! Get through the long winter months and warm up by testing your luck at the gaming tables!

The event is Saturday, January 20th at The Woods. Doors open at 6:30 PM with the gaming tables starting at 7:30 PM.

Ticket sales:
$25 in advance $40 at the door
Includes $100 funny money and light appetizers

To purchase tickets:
1) Log onto https://www.crowdrise.com/redcrossallstars
2) Click on ‘Donate to this fundraiser’ and enter the amount based on the number of tickets you are purchasing.
3) In the comment field type in “CASINO NIGHT 2018″ and your name, click submit.
4) Night of the event: check in at the registration table and your tickets will be waiting for you.

It’s a TRIPLE WIN kind of night! You WIN, the Red Cross WINS and the community WINS! All proceeds from the event go straight back into our community! We look forward to seeing you then!

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Mary Gronnert

I’m the Coordinator for the Schneider Foundation.  I’ve been married to Hank Kollross for 17 years and have four children and five grandchildren ranging from 1 year to 20 years.  We love to golf and put the top down on our ’69 Pontiac Firebird and cruise.   As a board member for CASA of Brown County, I have a strong passion for helping abused and neglected children.

My favorite moment from my initial DWOS experience in 2013 is winning the People’s Choice Award for my Jive.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? My husband, Hank, was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia in October 2016 and needed numerous blood transfusions and platelet infusions eventually leading to a bone marrow transplant.  He said I had to do this and dedicate my dance to all the wonderful people who take the time to donate blood, platelets and organs to help others.   Thanks to all the treatments, donors and, by the Grace of God, he is now cancer-free. I especially want to thank his bone marrow donor, a 19-year-old female, whom we hope to meet some day. We call her Jessica and I am dedicating my dance to her this evening.

American Red Cross Kicks Off 10th & Final Dancing with our Stars Campaign

The 10th and final “Dancing with Our Stars” (aka DWOS) campaign supporting the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin is now underway. Billed as “Dancing with Our Stars 2018: All-Star Edition, presented by the Schneider Foundation”, local community members who participated in previous years are returning to once again be Star Dancers.

The DWOS alumni committed to participate are:

  • Anna Allen: Howard-Suamico School District
  • Chelsea Anderson: University of North Carolina
  • Billi Jo Baneck: Brown County Public Safety
  • Keith Cronin: Green Bay Packers
  • Kati Donaho: Hyatt Regency
  • Mary Gronnert: Schneider Foundation
  • Tracy Lemsky: Associated Bank
  • Emily Matesic: WBAY-TV 2
  • Zeb Metzler: Innovative Services
  • Bill McGlin: Shawano County Public Safety
  • Pam Niles: Women’s Specialty Care
  • Lisa Pritzl: Prophit Marketing
  • Adam Rockman: Bellin Health
  • Stacy Stecker: Associated Bank
  • Dan Terrio: UnitedHealthcare
  • Jody Weyers: American Red Cross
  • Marty Williams: Sierra Dental
  • Kelly Wolff: Kimberly Clark, Aerial Pole Dance Exercise

Paul Kardish of Schneider also joins the team, taking the place of Chris Lofgren who participated in DWOS 2014. And Grant Soletski of CrossFit Green Bay is the final All-Star, dancing in place of Al Jamir who was part of the DWOS 2015 crew.

The campaign will culminate with a two-night extravaganza. First will be a Disco Dance Party fundraiser on Friday, February 23 and then the traditional ballroom dance show the following night on Saturday, February 24. Both events will take place at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay and will feature appearances by professional ballroom dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, thanks to a sponsorship by Jack’s Maintenance. People in attendance will receive the chance to win personal experiences with Peta and Maks including the opportunity to dance with them.

Shawn Kiser, Executive Producer kicking off our 10th and final year.

While this is the first time Maks will be part of DWOS, it marks Peta’s third appearance as she previously participated as a celebrity judge in 2014 and 2015. Murgatroyd is well known for teaming with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

People interested in purchasing tickets should send an email to: redcrossdwos@gmail.com.

The goal of this final DWOS campaign is to raise $600,000. In its nine-year history, DWOS has raised more than $2 million. 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.

Rane Cegelski, Ballroom by Jay, Get Out and Dance in Weston, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Madison are the participating professional dance partners for the event.

Associated Bank, Bay Industries, BayTek Games, Belmark, Broadway Automotive, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Hyatt Regency Green Bay, Jack’s Maintenance, Khrome Agency, Sanimax, Schneider, Shift Visuals, Three Three Five, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars.

More event details can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

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

American Red Cross to Unveil Final Dancing with Our Stars Cast

The American Red Cross will begin its 10th and final “Dancing with Our Stars” campaign this week. Billed as “Dancing with Our Stars 2018: All-Star Edition, presented by the Schneider Foundation”, local community members who participated in previous years are returning to once again be Star Dancers.

A private kickoff party will take place Tuesday, October 3 at The Marq in De Pere. Media members looking to attend are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

The campaign will culminate with a two-night extravaganza. First will be a Disco Dance Party fundraiser on Friday, February 23 and then the traditional ballroom dance show the following night on Saturday, February 24. Both events will take place at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay and will feature appearances by professional ballroom dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, thanks to a sponsorship by Jack’s Maintenance. People in attendance will receive the chance to win personal experiences with Peta and Maks including the opportunity to dance with them.

While this is the first time Maks will be part of DWOS, it marks Peta’s third appearance as she previously participated as a celebrity judge in 2014 and 2015. Murgatroyd is well known for teaming with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

People interested in purchasing tickets should send an email to: redcrossdwos@gmail.com.

The goal of this final DWOS campaign is to raise $600,000. In its nine-year history, DWOS has raised more than $2 million. 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.

More event details can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

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.