Get to know DWOS Executive Producer: Shawn Kiser

After spending nearly two decades in radio and television, I challenged myself to make a bigger difference in this world and ventured into the non-profit sector.

This is my sixth year producing Dancing with Our Stars and I’ve developed many great relationships through this wonderful event. In addition to my DWOS duties, I also serve as the Development Director at Acts 1:8 Ministry where we share God’s love through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness. Faith, family and helping the less fortunate are my priorities and that’s providing me with a very blessed and fulfilled life! Thank you all for supporting this amazing group of community volunteers!

A quick trip down memory lane – I vividly remember a conversation I had with Donald Driver in December of 2012 in which I told him I wanted to do an all-star event for the 10th anniversary. Keep in mind DWOS wasn’t even five years old at that time! It’s cool to see it come to fruition although bittersweet since it doubles as the final chapter in this amazing story. Planning for this event began about two years ago. Let’s make it a grand finale!

 

 

Hollywood Star Powers Descend On Green Bay To Benefit American Red Cross

DWTS Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy To Autograph Original Nicolosi Portrait at 10th and Final Dancing with our Stars Gala

Guests attending this Saturday’s 10th and final “Dancing with Our Stars” (aka DWOS) for the American Red Cross can win several prizes including an autographed piece of iconic American pop culture.

Frequently featured on Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Artist Nicolosi has now been commissioned to create one of his signature style original mixed media acrylic on canvas masterpieces of professional ballroom dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy right here in Green Bay.

This original artwork was created exclusively for DWOS and will be unveiled & autographed live by Peta, Maks and Nicolosi. The retail gallery value of a Nicolosi original is $30,000.

This portrait will be unveiled & autographed by the trio on Friday night at a retro Disco Dance Party fundraiser (7pm-midnight). It is the featured “Super Star” item of a high-end raffle the following night at the traditional ballroom dance show. Both events will take place at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay and will feature appearances by Peta and Maks.

Limited Edition Art Prints of the portrait (valued at $3,500 each) will also be on sale at a special charity benefit price of $500 apiece with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross. Each comes with it’s own Certificate of Authenticity.

These signed Art Prints will be on sale at the Gala and are now available for purchase online by clicking HERE.

Another big-ticket prize is a trip for two, including airfare and hotel accommodations, to the Monday, October 8th episode of “Dancing with the Stars” in Hollywood, California. Someone else will score two VIP tickets to the “Maks, Val & Peta Tour: Confidential” for Sunday, April 22nd in Chicago. Other prizes include dances with the celebrity couple.

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 “Dancing with the Stars.”

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

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 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, Simply Ballroom of Green Bay, TC Dance Club of Appleton, Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Madison and Get Out and Dance 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, Kimberly-Clark, Plae Bistro, Rally Man Entertainment, Sanimax, Schneider, Shift Visuals, Simply Ballroom, 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:

Donation page: www.crowdrise.com/redcrossallstars

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter/

Twitter: @redcrosswis

Use #RedCrossAllStars and #DWOS18 to join the conversation on social media!

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.

 

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: Ballroom by Jay

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 as 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.

Don’t miss out on this TWO NIGHT Extravaganza!

YOU do not want to miss out on the HOTTEST ticket in town!!! This is the “Last Dance” for the Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross.  We are going out with a TWO NIGHT extravaganza!  Check out the video below to find out how YOU can be part of the action.

 

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Stacy Stecker

I have been married to my husband, Dana, for 17 years and together, we have four children; Alexandra, Broderick, his wife Kaeleigh and our twins, Gabrielle and Mason.  It is with my family’s love and support that I am able to participate, once again, in Dancing with Our Stars, the All-Star Finale.  When I am not training for DWOS or taking care of my clients and team, I enjoy running, biking, reading, traveling and attending all my children’s many activities.  As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I work with an amazing team that provides high-value products and services to our clients, while building long-lasting relationships.  For the past eleven years I have been very fortunate to work for an organization that supports its colleagues to give back to the communities in which we serve.  I am grateful for their support as I go through this journey once again.

Born and raised in this community, I am proud to be part of a place that is large enough to have its own NFL team but feels small enough to always come together and help those in need.  I feel it is my duty to give back to the community that raised me which is why I am involved with our children’s activities, serve on the committee for the Gourmet Wishes Dinner, grant wishes on behalf of Make A Wish of Wisconsin and why I support the American Red Cross.

My favorite parts of the DWOS 2017 experience was the moment I realized that I could actually ballroom dance without falling and the moment I was announced as the team Mirror Ball winner for raising more than $65,000 with Chelsea Anderson for the Red Cross.  At that moment, I realized the hard work was worth it.  Through this experience, I have formed everlasting friendships that I will treasure for a lifetime.

Why did I decide to take part in DWOS All-Stars? First of all, I was honored to be considered a DWOS “All-Star” and was excited to join the team that is committed to raising the most dollars for the Red Cross.  Supporting this organization is a necessity for our community and its mission is inspiring.  By participating in the upcoming #DWOS18 and supporting the Red Cross, I feel I can, in some small way, contribute to a much larger mission to help many others in a time of crisis.

Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Tracy Lemsky

 

I am originally from New England but have been part of the Green Bay community for 17 years.  It was my intention to eventually move back to the East Coast but after settling in and truly enjoying what this community has to offer, my husband, Jim, and I decided to make Green Bay our home.  We enjoy live theater, traveling, hiking, and creating our own adventures. My beautiful daughter and 2017 Mirror Ball winner, Chelsea, is currently working on her Master’s Program for Hospital Administration at the University of North Carolina.  We also have an energetic Weimaraner, Mitchell, which keeps us on our toes at all times.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Director at Associated Bank, I get to spend my time working with an amazing team of professionals.   The special part about this team is that we all have a common goal to provide the best service to our clients and give back to our community while maintaining a healthy balance with what’s most important in life – our families.  It is wonderful to work for an organization that allows their employees to give back to the community but it is extraordinary to work for a company that encourages and inspires you to do so.

The most amazing part of my DWOS 2014 experience was the lifelong friendships that were created by a group of individuals, working as a team, to reach our financial goal for the Red Cross.  I truly think our team was unique as the bonds and friendships are still going strong. Collectively we raised over $500,000 for the Red Cross. That is definitely something to celebrate!

The biggest and most important motivation for me to participate in DWOS 2018 was to support the Red Cross. There are a million reasons to assist this incredible organization.  The first reason that comes to mind is the quality education they deliver.  Their classes provide the skills needed to respond to basically any emergency.  Another reason the Red Cross is remarkable is their ability to help in times of crisis.  Every time I read the paper or watch the news and hear of the lives affected by a natural disaster, I feel powerless because I want to help them all.

Supporting the Red Cross is my way of reaching out and helping the most people in need.   To be able to raise funds for the Red Cross, while sharing this journey with my daughter, will truly be an incredible experience.

A special thanks to my family, friends, amazing daughter and wonderful husband for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.

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.