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.

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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.

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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.

Check out Zeb’s Moves on the dance floor!

Vote for Zeb to “Stay Alive” for a chance to win the Fundraising Mirrorball Trophy.

Come out to Drag Bingo with the Queens of the Mirrorball Bash! 

Join the Queens for an afternoon of BINGO!! $10 gets you in the door and your first bingo card!! Extra cards can be purchased for $5! Amazing prizes for each game and a 50/50 raffle to top things off!! Proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross and TeamMcZ for Dancing with Our Stars.

When:  Saturday, February 6

Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Townline Pub & Grill

Click HERE for more information.

American Red Cross Announces Dancing with our Stars 2016 Participants

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The newest group of “star dancers” for the American Red Cross Dancing with our Stars fundraiser was unveiled Tuesday, October 6 at a kickoff party sponsored by Festival Foods.  The nine community members competing to raise the most funds to support local Red Cross efforts are:

  • Anna Allen – Teacher, Lineville Intermediate School
  • Jen Berres-Dart – Owner/Instructor, Jenstar Yoga
  • Karen Classon – SKB Management
  • Kati Donaho – Business Travel/Group Sales Manager, The Hyatt on Main
  • 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

Edit 3They will now spend the next four months learning two ballroom dances which they will perform at Dancing with our Stars 2016. That event will take place Saturday, February 20th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Dancing with our Stars is now in its eighth year and it is has been a sold-out event each year. Not only do those in attendance support local efforts, so can those not attending as the “star dancers” receive votes in the form of donations to the Red Cross. One dollar equals one vote. Donations can be made now at this website:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

The person who raises the most money between now and the end of the event will be awarded the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. 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.

Last year’s event raised $170,000 for the local Red Cross.  Ann Vande Hei, Director of Business Process Performance, Integrys, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $60,000.

DanceSport of Green Bay, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton and Bill Beschta are the participating dance partners for the event.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Dancing with our Stars donation website: http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/

Dancing with our Stars blog: http://redcrossdwosblog.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS16 to join the conversation!)

Erie Insurance, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay Packers, Schneider, Wisconsin Public Service, WBAY-TV 2 and 101 WIXX are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2016.

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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.

 

Dancing with Our Stars 2015 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $160,000!

ann cropedThe 7th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 14 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 $160,000 in net revenue to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with Our Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin 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: American Transmission Company; Broadway Automotive; Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.; Community First Credit Union; Festival Foods; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; Indira Salon & Spa; Jack’s Maintenance Service; KI; Prophit Marketing; Schneider Foundation and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette 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 all-star dance program where each star dancer celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony.

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Ann Vande Hei. The Director of Business Process Performance at Wisconsin Public Service/Integrys raised more than $58,000 to support the local Red Cross.

IMG_3572The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Lisa Pritzl and Michael Witte for their Viennese Waltz to “Letters from War.”  The People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Keith Cronin and Mina Witte for their Mambo to “Monster Winer.”

The Judges’ Choice award went to Lisa Pritzl and Michael Witte for their two performances: the Viennese Waltz to “Letters from War” and a Samba to “Can’t Touch It.”

DSC_6583Special thanks to Cami Rapson and Tammy Elliott of WBAY-TV 2 for serving as masters of ceremonies and to Chris Roth of WBAY-TV 2, Steve Teofilo of Gannett Media and Peta Murgatroyd from ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Keith Cronin, Green Bay Packers; Adam Hardy, Achieve Brown County; Al Jamir, Community Volunteer; Bill McGlin, Brown County Public Safety; Tracey Nass, Indira Salon & Spa; Pam Niles, Women’s Specialty Care; Kim Peeters, Coldwell Banker – The Real Estate Group, Inc.; Lisa Pritzl, Prohpit Marketing; Ann Vande Hei, Wisconsin Public Service/Integrys; and Rane Cegelski from DanceSport of Green Bay; Therese Clarke, Bruce Marshall and Bill Beschta of Bruce Marshall’s Dance Club; Jamie Blair, Mina Witte and Michael Witte fom Simply Ballroom of Green Bay; and Terry Irwin and Angela Cervantes from TC Dance Club of Appleton.

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

To see all the event photos check out our Flickr Site or Facebook. To view the recorded show click HERE.

Join us for the “Girlfriends” Event to Support Ann Vande Hei

6951AnnA social to benefit The American Red Cross and support Ann Vande Hei of De Pere in her quest for the 2015 Dancing with our Stars fundraising mirror ball trophy.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Angelina’s

117 N Adams Street Green Bay

5:00pm – 7:30pm

No cost to attend – but there will be opportunities to support Ann throughout the evening.

  • Hors D’oeuvres compliments of Wisconsin Public Service and Schenck SC
  • Cash bar available

RSVP by Jan 19:

Check out the latest video of Ann and Bruce and working on her Cha Cha!

Should you not be able to attend and would like to show your support, please visit:

http://crowdrise.com/dancingwithourstars/ to make a donation in Ann’s name.

Event Hosts:

  • Ann Vande Hei & Karmen Lemke, WPS
  • Diane Roundy, Schenck SC
  • Sue Olmsted, Community Volunteer
  • Jody Weyers, American Red Cross
  • Kim Schisel & Allie VanLanen, Schreiber Foods
  • Mary Gronnert, Schneider Foundation