John Allen Shares Why He is Supporting the Red Cross!

2010 is coming to a close and as we look back, your local American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has had an extremely busy month and we need your support more than even.

From November 15-December 23 the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has responded to 17 incidences helping a total of 79 people with their immediate emergency needs. We have also provided food, water, coffee and snacks to 435 emergency workers at multiply incidences within the community.

State Farm Agent, John Allen, knows first hand just how important to Red Cross is in times of disaster. “With my experience as a State Farm agent, I unfortunately see a lot of people that need help recovering from disasters like home and apartment fires.  The Red Cross has been a great resource for people in their time of need after these and other disasters.  I am glad to personally support the Red Cross and to see State Farm support such a worthwhile cause.”

Hear John talk first hand on why he is supporting the Red Cross and check out his progress on the dance floor with his partner Taylor Watry.

Like what you see? Vote for John at http://www.arclakeland.org/

These Guys Can Dance

We have seen the ladies, now let’s check out the guys who will be competing for the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy at the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Like what you see? Vote for your favorite at www.arclakeland.org

State Farm Joins Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross as a Sponsorship Partner

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is excited to announce State Farm as an additional sponsorship partner for the Dancing with the Stars fundraising event on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

 “We are very grateful to State Farm for their sponsorship of our Dancing with the Stars event,” said Steve Maricque, Lakeland Chapter Executive Director.  “It is a fun community event that provides valuable resources for us to have available to respond when needed.” 

State Farm is not only a new sponsor this year, but State Farm Agent, John Allen is one of our ten local “star” dancers. “We appreciate John Allen’s dance skills and willingness to be involved in helping make a difference in his community,” said Maricque.

“I was thrilled that State Farm once again supported another great cause in our community,” said State Farm Agent John Allen. “With my experience as a State Farm agent, I unfortunately see a lot of people that need help recovering from disasters like home and apartment fires.  The Red Cross has been a great resource for people in their time of need after these and other disasters.  I am glad to personally support the Red Cross and to see State Farm support such a worthwhile cause.”

Additional sponsors of Dancing with the Stars include Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Evans Race & Van Dreel, CPAS and our media partners WBAY-TV2 and WIXX.

If you would like more information on this event or to “vote” (dontate) in support of John please go to www.arclakeland.org 

Check out his moves:

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

“Like a Good Neighbor” John is Kicking up his Heels for the Red Cross

My wife Paula and I have three children, Bryn, age 13, Jack, age 11, and Grant, age 8.  When I am not training for Dancing with the Stars, I try to find time to sell insurance at my State Farm Insurance Agency in De Pere.

My first and only dancing recollection is from my wedding 19 years ago (and I barely remember that)!

Other than my wife (which I almost feel obligated to say), I would have to say that my ideal dancing partner would be Kate Gosselin.  She’s the only partner who may match my skill level!

I can honestly say I have never seen ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  But from what I have seen on ESPN, I’d have to say that Jerome Bettis would’ve been my favorite dancer.

The Red Cross is a fantastic organization.  As I am in the business of helping people recover from the expected, we get to see the Red Cross first hand helping people in the time of an emergency.  This is why I decided to participate in their event!

My favorite song is “I Have Become Cumbersome,” by Seven Mary Three.  This seems so appropriate for the competition.

Besides my obvious passion for dance, I like to golf and downhill ski.  I also enjoy coaching my kids’ sports teams.  My wife and I also like to travel whenever it’s possible.

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.