Jackie Larsen Gets Her Heart Pumping with the Quickstep!

Jackie Larsen, owner of Fitnessology, knows about working out, fitness, and being heart healthy. She is giving her heart an extra work out by choosing a fast paced quickstep as one of her two dances for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross.

At the American Red Cross we also promote people to be healthy and prepared. Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED programs are designed to give you the confidence to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Additional training in bloodborne pathogens, oxygen administration and injury prevention can be added to CPR and first aid training to prepare you to prevent and respond to life-threatening emergencies.

Red Cross Preparedness programs in first aid, CPR and AED are available for any age and can be tailored to the needs of specific groups and individuals. Whether you work with children, want training for employees, are a professional rescuer, or simply want to know how to help someone in an emergency, the American Red Cross has a program for you.

Want to learn more on getting trained? Call our Health and Safety Department at 920-227-4290.

Want to helps support Jackie and her “heart healthy” Quickstep – VOTE at www.arclakeland.org

The “real” Mirror Ball Trophy has Been Giving Out……

But I think our five ladies, would have given Jennifer Grey a run for the trophy! Check out our awesome ladies on their journey to become the fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy Winner! Like what you see!  VOTE!   www.arclakeland.org

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

Jackie Finds Out If She’s Fit For The Dance Floor

In my hand is an 8 1/2 x 11 tattered photo of an 8-year-old girl in a white leotard, grass skirt, and lei around her neck.  As I chuckle, I recall dance lessons, recitals, and a hidden fantasy; yes, to land into the arms of Patrick Swayze and dance the night away.  I got sidetracked with a life full of amazing events!  My greatest accomplishment is my four spectacular children and nine grandchildren.

God has blessed me with many people and opportunities. Through the years I have owned several businesses ranging from decorating to fitness. I have always served people.   When I think back to why I started a business revolving around fitness, it all began with my father and his life choices.   He was an overweight smoker.  Dad suffered multiple strokes and he spent the end of his life he was in a wheelchair dying at the young age of 61. Upon my father’s death, I looked at myself, 50 pounds overweight, and a smoker wondering “where I was going to end up?”  So change had to start with me.  I started exercising, revamped my eating patterns, and I quit smoking. From a cheerleading and dance team coach, to a teacher at the YMCA and NWTC, TV educator, personal trainer, and even to a competitive body builder, my journey through fitness has been extensive.  I became a new me! I became passionate to motivate and provide the tools for others to achieve their goals. Fitnessology began 14 years ago and is a private personal wellness and training business.  It has evolved since its early days in a small storefront on Washington Street to the 10,000 square foot facility on Voyager Drive. Every day when I take notice of the people served by my business I am fulfilled, speechless, and grateful.

Fitness has opened many doors for me; the American Red Cross and Dancing with the Stars 2011 being one.  My acceptance had a bit of hesitation.   Not because of the competition, as competing is not new to me, but rather because of the time commitment and focus required to fulfill my internal desire to be the best that I can be. But thinking back to Patrick Swayze, I quickly regained my composure. “Yes, I can do it!”

It is a privilege to raise money for the American Red Cross.   We are both in the business of saving lives, whether it’s CPR or exercise. It is an honor to give back to this community.  Come and enjoy the evening with me and provide the money to save lives.  You never know, the next life you save may be your own!

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.