Dancing with Our Stars 2016 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $200,000+!


Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The 8th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 20 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $200,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our stars, but the real event started more than four months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Broadway Automotive; Erie Insurance; Festival Foods; Gagnon Clay Products; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; NXC Imaging; Schneider Foundation, Toonen Properties and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and 101 WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle the crowd. The evening began with dinner and followed with our amazing dance program where each star dancer performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.


People’s Choice award for showcase one: Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski, Foxtrot – “Kill of the Night.” Photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Karen Classon. The owner of SKB Management raised $87,000 to support the local Red Cross.


People’s Choice award for showcase two: Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte., Jive – “Shut Up and Dance.” Photo by Mark Witte/American Red Cross. 

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Kati Donaho and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Kill of the Night.” The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Jen Berres-Dart and Michael Witte for their Jive to “Shut Up and Dance.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” and a Bolero to “Alone.”

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured - the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka

Judges Choice: Anna Allen and Michael Witte for their two performances: Pictured – the Foxtrot to “Sexy Silk” photo by: Dave Pruszka/American Red Cross. 

Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and Nikolay Karchev, Jay Morth and Heather Wudstrack for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion:
Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
Karen Classon – SKB Management
Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency
Lori Dufek – Account Manager, NXC Imaging
Maureen Gagnon – Co-owner, Gagnon Clay Products
Zeb Metzler – Learning & Development Specialist, Innovative Services
Dan Terrio – Learning Facilitator, Humana
Marty Williams – Owner/Dentist, Sierra Dental

Also, thank you to our pro dance partners: Rane Cegelski and Brad McDonald from DanceSport of Green Bay; Bill Beschta; Jamie Blair, Michael Witte and Mina Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Jim Gagnon, Toby Crawford and Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club of Appleton.

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

3D Figurines Fundraiser at DWOS 2016

Avatarium 3D’s modular studio will be setup in the reception hall of Dancing with Our Stars 2016, providing guests the unique opportunity of creating a 3D figurine of themselves. 20% of each sale will be donated to the American Red Cross.


Individuals or couples enter the array featuring more than 100 HD cameras, and they strike a pose. In a fraction of a second, the 360° HD camera array captures you from every angle. Afterwards, you select their favorite pose(s). Proprietary Avatarium software sorts and processes the images, which are then modeled into a preliminary figure by 3D artists. State-of-the-art 3D printers bring the virtual model to life.


Can’t Make the Show – Watch our Live Stream!

camera cornerWe are less than a week away from “raising the roof” on the KI Convention Center’s NEW ballroom with a packed house of  800+ guests.  Are you not able to see the action in person?  We have you covered. Thanks to our friends at Camera Corner Connecting Point you can still be part of the action by viewing our live stream.

Live stream link: http://livestream.com/cameracornergb/dwos2016

On event night, starting at 7:00pm, you will be able to see our dancers perform, and you can continue to support them by voting (donating) online.

Voting site: https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser

We also encourage you to take the conversation online using #DWOS16 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Let’s get it trending worldwide on February 20th!






Meet our Dancing with Our Stars 2016 Judges

Jay MorthJay Morth, Judge

Jay Morth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of the Arts degree.  He started ballroom dancing at a young age, but really started to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing his sophomore year in college at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He has been dancing ever since and volunteered teaching at DanceSport of Green Bay from 2009 to 2012.

Jay is the owner of Ballroom by Jay, LLC, as well working as an employee at Get Out and Dance. He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the DVIDA American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha. Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and lumberjacking.


HeatherHeather Wudstrack. Judge

Heather Wudstrack is a DC Everest graduate and has been an instructor with Get Out & Dance since 2009. She enjoys teaching both social and competitive students and is passionate about her dancing. She loves the creative and challenging aspect to dancing and loves sharing her passion for dancing with her students. She is a nationally-ranked teacher on the World Pro-Am circuit and is a current Professional Smooth competitor with her professional partner, Jay Morth.  In her free time, Heather enjoys training with Jay and spending time with her friends, family and her husband, Lee.

Nikolay KarchevNikolay Karchev, Judge

Mr. Nikolay was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He started dancing at age 7 when his mother took him to the ballroom dance studio. While in Bulgaria he was a three-time Bulgarian champion in International Latin, Standard and in the 10 Dance Championship.

He moved to the United States and worked at a Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Phoenix, Arizona for two years. In 2008, he moved to Wisconsin and has earned many awards as a dancer and teacher. Nikolay was the Fred Astaire Dance Studios National Rising Star Rhythm Champion in 2009 and in 2010 earned the Top Customer Service Award and the Top Overall Teacher Award for the Wisconsin Region.

Throwback Prom for the American Red Cross


Have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience Prom all over again? At Throwback Prom, you don’t need to worry about hiding your booze, the punch is always spiked, there are no chaperones, you actually like your date and the music is always loud. Pull out that prom dress or that polyester leisure suit that has been sitting in the back of your closet since the 1970’s and join us for fun evening of music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, laughs, raffles and an event full of memories as we raise funds for a great cause.

All proceeds will benefit the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.

Join us: Saturday, January 30 from 6:30pm-11:30pm at Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.

i-m8hkZKm-XLEvent features:

  • Specialty drink “spiked punch”. Every purchase will contribute $1 to the  American Red Cross.
  • Countless raffles and silent auction items.
  • Music provided by Elite Music Service
  • Corny Prom photos taken by Defining78
  • Prom Court competition at 8:30p where our court will fight for your dollars in an effort to be crowned Prom King and Queen.
  • Special throwback prom offers by a select number of preferred vendors in the Green Bay area. Watch this invite for more information!
  • A sneak peek at one of the dance routines by our host and “prom emperor” DWOS 2016 star dancer Dan Terrio and his partner “prom empress” Mina Witte of Simply Ballroom of Green Bay.

Formal attire required. Can be Prom fashions from any generation.
** PLEASE NOTE: This does not mean you need to rent a tuxedo or buy a brand new dress. What this means is we would request that semi-formal attire is not worn. Business suits, cocktail dresses, costumes that indicate a “formal” feel are acceptable.**

Advanced tickets (available up until January 29th): $25 single / $35 Couple (save $10 buying before event). Purchased at the door day of event: $35 single / $45 couple – 21+ only

**Ticket cost includes entrance into event, hors d’oeuvres and one ticket for raffle entry**

Advanced tickets are on sale at Green Bay DuBois Formalwear locations (Broadway, Military Ave, and Hansen Rd) in the Green Bay area, Sassy Girl and Brett Favre’s Steakhouse.

Will Call option: If you wish to purchase your tickets online, here are the steps:
1) Log onto https://www.crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/fundraiser/danterrio
2) Click on ‘Donate to the Red Cross’ and enter in necessary information along with specific amounts ($25 for 1 ticket, $35 for a couple-2 tickets). Make sure you have your name and preferred email in the appropriate areas.
3) Underneath comments, type in “Throwback Prom”, click submit.
4) Throwback Prom volunteers will email you to confirm the purchase of the tickets and with further instructions.
5) Night of the event: check in at the registration desk and your tickets will be ready for you.

EVENT SPONSORS: Brett Favre’s Steakhouse, Elite Music Service, DuBois Formalwear, Sash & Bow

This event is being organized by Dan’s Drive to 5 Campaign for the American Red Cross, a campaign to raise funds for Dan Terrio’s journey to the Dancing With Our Stars 2016 Mirrorball Fundraising Trophy.

Can’t attend but wish to donate? You can contribute directly to the American Red Cross at: