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!

Kathryn Bracho Perfecting her Fox Trot

You watch her on WBAY report the news, now watch as Kathryn will “be the news” dancing for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross Fundraisers. One of the dances Kathryn will be performing is the Fox Trot. Continue to “tune” in to check out her progress. Like what you see viewers —- Vote! Go to to cast your vote (donation) today. All proceeds go to your local American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter to help families, like those affected in the Walnut/Chestnut St. fire last Friday.

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

Kathryn Bracho Practicing Her Twirls & High Fives!

Today everyone should be getting out to the polls to vote…..while you are in the voting mood click on to vote for your favorite WBAY TV-2 News this Morning Anchor – Kathryn Bracho!

Why Vote?  To make sure your Lakeland Chapter has the resources to respond to emergencies at a moments notice in our community. Wednesday, October 27, volunteers opened an emergency shelter in Suring and Neopit. The shelter was available to anyone without power due to the high winds.

“I work for Menominee County Health and Human Services Department and had the privilege of working with some of your volunteers at the Neopit warming shelter/meal tonight. Many families were able to come in from the cold and get a hot meal while waiting for their power to be restored. Thank you so much.”   

 – Rachel Kielblock, Clinical Coordinator Community Support Program, Menominee County Health and Human Services

Action 2 News This Morning Anchor, Kathryn Bracho Perfecting her Grace!

Northeast Wisconsin has now been able to get their first look and read a little bit about our 10 “Star Dancers” who will be putting themselves out there in learning to dance and perform to raise money for the Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross fundraiser!  Let’s hear from them in their own words on how things are going!

Posted by Kathryn Bracho on her Facebook Wall: “So, I’m supposed to be graceful for this Dancing with the Stars thing, and what do I do yesterday? In the office of my awesome teacher, Janet at DanceSport, I turned too quickly and knocked her decorative glass bowl onto the floor, breaking it. Whoops.”  😦

**** side note: Kathryn was not dancing at the time, just booking her next lesson. From looking at the video I say she is pretty graceful!

Get to know Kathryn Bracho Anchor, Action 2 News This Morning, WBAY-TV 2

Kathryn working it in front of the green screen for the PSA taping

Kathryn Bracho is proud to be a wife to Michael, mom to Declan, and stepmom to Ashton! 

She loves anchoring Action 2 News This Morning on WBAY-TV 2, alongside Kevin Rompa.  After beginning her career as a reporter at KCCO-TV (a small station in Alexandria, Minnesota), Kathryn moved to the Badger State to become the weekend anchor at WQOW-TV 18 in Eau Claire.  At WQOW-TV she won a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award for Best Small Market Feature Story.  She was hired as a reporter in the Action 2 News Fox Valley Newsroom in 2003 and was promoted to anchor of Action 2 News This Morning in 2006.

Kathryn grew up in the Twin Cities area near one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.  She’s a University of Minnesota alumna.  Kathryn has a number of ancestors from Wisconsin, including her great-grandfather, who was born and raised in Appleton.  She loves reading books by and about women—especially the ones by her mother, who’s a published romance novelist.  Although she says it’s a lot harder to find time to read these days, with a toddler running around!  She also enjoys teaching her son the Spanish she learned from her father, who grew up in Mexico City.

Kathryn and her husband Michael live in Green Bay, and though neither of them grew up in Wisconsin (Michael’s from the U.P.), they root for the Packers.  Their son Declan was born July 19th—on his mom’s birthday!  Kathryn’s stepson Ashton is a wonderful big brother.

One of Kathryn’s favorite activities is talking with Action 2 News This Morning viewers when she’s out and about.  She’s honored to have been asked to take part in this year’s Dancing with the Stars.  She thanks you in advance for any cheering and support you can give her!


Doing a little jazz hands

Get to know Kathryn a little bit more:

1.  Describe your first dancing recollection. About how old were you and what was the occasion?

I remember being in my blue tutu with the silver stars my grandmother had sewn on it at my first dance recital when I was five years old.  I loved being on stage, and I think that translated into my career in front of the camera!

 2. Who is your dream dance partner?

 Fred Astaire, no question.  Every since I saw the movie Holiday Inn when I was little, I’ve loved him dearly.  I believe he’s the most entertaining dancer who ever lived. 

When I was 10 years old, my dance class did a number where half the girls dressed up as Fred, and half as Ginger Rogers.  (Of course, I HAD to be Fred!)  My mom took some pictures and urged me to send them, and a fan letter, to Mr. Astaire.  Being a kid, I put it off and put it off, until finally one summer morning I asked my dad to send off the letter I had written.  That afternoon, I saw on the news that Fred Astaire had died.  I was crushed—I wished I could’ve gotten the chance to tell him how much he meant to me, and I still do!

 3. Who is your favorite dancer of all time on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and why? 

 Derek Hough, because of his sheer joy every time he dances. 

Kathryn getting some wind action from co-worker and 2010 dancer, Chris Roth

4.  Why support the Red Cross with your participation?

The Red Cross does wonderful things for people during some of the toughest moments of their lives.  In my profession, I’ve had to report on tragedies families endure—like fires or floods that destroy their homes.  It’s been a comfort to me to know that the Red Cross is there for those people when they need help most. 

5. What’s your favorite song?

Good Beat, by a little-known one-hit-wonder ‘90s group called Deee-lite (Good Beat wasn’t their hit, by the way—it was Groove Is in the Heart).  I’m a sucker for dance music!

6. Hobbies or passions:

My most important passion is my family—they’re my favorite people to be with!

I love to sing, and in less busy years, I’ve been a soprano in the Dudley Birder Chorale of St. Norbert College in De Pere.  Making music enriches my life in a way nothing else can!

Murphy in the Morning & Kathryn Bracho Talk Dancing

Last night was the big announcement of our dancers for the 3rd Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. Listen to WIXX interview with our two media partners/dancers: Murphy in the Morning, Morning show host at 101 WIXX and Kathryn Bracho, Anchor, Action 2 News This Morning, WBAY-TV-2.

Audio of Murphy in the Morning, WIXX and Kathryn Bracho, WBAY

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.