American Red Cross “Dancing” Fundraiser to Announce 2014 Event Participants at October 1 Kickoff Party

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Another cast of local celebrities is assembling to participate in Dancing with Our Stars 2014 for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin, presented by the Schneider National Foundation.  The star dancers will compete to raise the most money and take home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy.  This year’s dancers will be revealed during a private kickoff party Tuesday, October 1st.  Presented by Festival Foods, the kickoff party will be held at The Marq on French Road in De Pere.

“This event continues to grow and create a buzz in the community,” says Chapter Executive Steve Hansen.  “The star dancers do a tremendous job not only on the dance floor but more importantly raising funds to help support local Red Cross efforts.”

Dancing with Our Stars is now in its sixth 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.  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, the transportation program and international programs.

Last year’s event raised nearly $370,000 for the local Red Cross.  Betina Driver, wife of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $158,000.

Betina Driver, and her husband and dancer partner Donald Driver, showing off their matching mirrorball trophies.

Betina Driver, and her husband and dancer partner Donald Driver, showing off their matching mirrorball trophies.

Dancing with our Stars 2014 will take place Saturday, February 15th at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Website: http://redcross.org/newisconsin

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

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NEWRedCross

Twitter: @NEWRedCross (#DWOS to join the conversation!)

The Schneider National Foundation, Arketype, Associated Bank, Bay Industries, Festival Foods, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., Green Bay Packers, Jack’s Maintenance, WBAY-TV, WIXX and the Green Bay Press-Gazette are proud sponsors of Dancing with our Stars 2014.

Dean Lindsley Starting to Heat up the Dance Floor with his Rumba

The Rumba is the perfect dance for someone crowned “Hawaiian Tropics Mr. Buns” back in the day! Dean Lindsley recalls his most memorable “dancing” experience.

While not my first recollection of dancing, my most memorable dancing recollection takes me back to 1984 somewhere on a diving board in Daytona Beach Florida while participating in the “Hawaiian Tropics Mr. Buns” contest.  Legend has it that a small amount of liquid courage and a few smooth moves won me that contest!

Like what you see? Vote  for Dean! Want to learn more about Dean, check out this article in the Green Bay Press Gazette! Click  HERE:  Pallas Textiles sets itself apart by ‘making a connection”

Why you should also vote!

When our neighbors are affected by fires, floods and tornadoes, the Red Cross is there.  When someone needs blood, the Red Cross is there.  When Americans want to be able to help in an emergency, the Red Cross is there with life-saving training.  When military members and their families need to be connected during a personal crisis, the Red Cross is there.  We are there providing rides for seniors and those with disabilities to get to medical appointments, get to the grocery store, and get to employment. Volunteers do all this important work. 

Measured by the number of people served by every dollar donated to the Red Cross, no other non-profit organization in America can boast a higher return on the donor’s investment.  Ninety-one (91) cents of every dollar donated to the organization goes to delivering programs and services.  The American Red Cross is not a government agency.  As such, it relies on charitable contributions to fulfill its mission.  Please support your American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

I think those Daddy/Daughter Dances are Paying Off!

Dean Lindsley: Vice President of Operations & Product Development, Pallas Textiles- Division of KI

I was born and raised locally, in West DePere, and currently reside in Green Bay.  I am married to my wife Julie for almost 20 years and we have a beautiful daughter Grace (10).  I have been employed for the past 23 years at KI and I am currently the VP of Operations and Product Development for their high end textile division, Pallas Textiles.   

My first dancing recollection goes back to 8th grade graduation. The school I attended, St. Boniface, brought in Shirley Van to teach all of us students the basics of dance.  She taught us the fundamentals of the Waltz, the Cha Cha, the Jitterbug and who could forget, disco moves.  This was when Saturday Night Fever and John Travolta, aka Tony Manero, were making disco dancing popular back in 1978.

When I first started dating my wife, Julie, we would go out on weekends and end up somewhere on the dance floor.  It wasn’t anything formal, just crazy, off-the-wall fun.  These days my attention has turned to my wonderful daughter Grace, who has batted her puppy dog eyes at me and convinced me for the past three years to get up on stage at the local Meyer Theater with her for the Annual Northern Dance Academy Daddy/Daughter dance.  I wouldn’t say the dads’ get strong marks for technical dancing, but the entertainment value certainly goes a long way with the crowd.

To date, Nicole Scherzinger was my favorite dancer on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  She was the complete package.  By this I mean that she was the triple threat: she could sing, she could dance, and she was “HOT”.  I am not sure I can add much more to the story than that.  Oh yeah, by the way, did I mention she was hot?     

Prior to being approached by the American Red Cross, I was always being challenged with the question of how to give more of my time, talent and money to worthy causes.  So when the American Red Cross asked if I would participate, I agreed because I was able to package all 3 of these pieces together.  I’m not certain how much of the talent portion I will create in this case, but I certainly will give a significant amount of my time and do my best to raise money for this commendable organization.

Choosing my favorite song definitely depends on which era we are talking about because I enjoy listening to all types of music.  I was, and still am’ a big fan of classic rock, such as Boston and Def Leppard.  I also like rock music such as Chris Daughtry and Nickleback, but I also enjoy some modern pop, like Usher.                    

In my spare time, I really enjoy doing anything outdoors.  I am an avid hunter and spend many hours in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.  I also grew up with a passion for golf.  While my game is not as good as I would like it to be, I still enjoy the challenge of the game.  I am a devoted cyclist.  But when things slow down in the winter months my artistic side kicks in!  I enjoy picking up a sketch pad and pencil to draw with my daughter Grace.