American Red Cross Announces Dates for next Dancing with Our Stars Campaign

DWOS 2017 Title Treatment-page-001The next campaign of the American Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser is set. It will begin with a kickoff party Tuesday, October 4 and culminate with the dancing show on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the KI Convention Center in Downtown Green Bay.

For the first time in its nine-year history, DWOS is recruiting teams to compete in the event in addition to its traditional individual participants. The teams will consist of two participants who will work together to raise funds. Divisions will then be created for teams and individuals with those raising the most money in each category taking home the coveted Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Regarding dancing, each participant will learn and perform one dance.

We are actively seeking suggestions for possible participants. Please email them to Shawn Kiser at skrallyman@gmail.com.

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte

Karen Classon takes home the fundraising mirror ball trophy raising over $87,000. Photo by: Mark Witte

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.

DWOS 2016 raised more than $200,000 for the local Red Cross.  Karen Classon, Owner of SKB Management, took home the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy after raising $87,000.

Information about tickets will be available at a later date. More event information can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/americanredcrossnortheastwisconsinchapter/

Twitter: @redcrosswis (#DWOS17 to join the conversation)

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.

Get to Know: Mike Spurlock from Partner, Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Associates, C.P.A.s

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photo by Frievalt Photography

Describe your first dance lesson: I was about 14, taking lessons at a church function.  My partner was about 1 ½ feet taller than me and I couldn’t miss stepping on her feet.  The town bully didn’t like me dancing with her (or any other girl for that matter), and picked a fight with me.  He was a big guy and I wasn’t (4’8’’).  He lost and I never was bullied again!  Dancing must have made me quick on my feet.

Who is your dream dance partner:  Jennifer Grey

Why support the American Red Cross: It is a world-wide supporter of people in crisis.  They are there when we cannot be.

Hobbies or Passions: I am an avid aviator.  Started when I turned 60 and haven’t looked back!  I am also a proud grandfather of six (who will be taught to fly!).  Reading, cigars, board gaming re-enactments, gardening, Young Eagles, church and other civic functions, Civic Air Patrol, modeling, did I mention flying?

Get to know: Deb DeLeers

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

I grew up in Bay Settlement, which is a community on the far east side of Green Bay, and spent most of my free time working for my father’s painting company.  As part of the painting “crew”, I got to travel through scenic Northeastern Wisconsin on a daily basis and help color countless barns red.  To this day, I’ll challenge anyone who thinks they can paint a better white stripe on a barn corner…I’m just saying.

I worked for my family’s business throughout high school and dabbled with forensics (acting) and other academic teams in my free time.   I enjoyed sports, but didn’t want to play them competitively…I liked the idea of being in our school’s theatrical productions, but realized that I didn’t really sing well…so, my high school years were pretty tame, all things considered.

As a first-generation college student in my family, I took a leap of faith and headed south after graduating from Luxemburg-Casco to pursue my undergraduate degree at UW-Oshkosh.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend too much time on the party circuit…I started dating my future husband, Jim, when I turned 21, so I spent every week catching up on schoolwork so that I could spend my weekends back in Green Bay.  When it came time to head to law school, I was petrified at the thought of living in a big city, so Milwaukee and Madison were out.  Instead, I set my sights on the golden cornfields of DeKalb, IL.  In theory, the school was perfect for me…small town charm, rural setting…  which would have been fine, until I discovered that I was allergic to the corn in DeKalb.  Needless to say, living in Milwaukee was far more attractive that I was with hives, so I found myself traveling north to finish my legal degree at Marquette University.  I don’t know what I was so afraid of…I loved the two years I spent in Milwaukee!

After graduation, I came back up to Green Bay to settle down, get married, and embark upon my new career.  I started practicing law in 2007 and quickly became connected with various community organizations.  I am currently practicing at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. and in my spare time, I serve on the Service League Board, Junior Achievement Board, and give my time and talents to various other community organizations.  While it can be an overwhelming commitment at times, I am thrilled to be able to make a difference in the community where I was born and where I am choosing to raise my family.

From little on, I believed that one day, I would do extraordinary things.  I’m quite sure my mother felt the same way…I remember her telling me that I was “one of a kind” and that I beat to my own drummer!  Looking at my life, I am happy to say that I was right.  Jim and I have been together 11 years (yes, I know I am not old enough to have been with him for 11 years), we have two wonderful children who amaze and entertain me on a daily basis, I’ve established a successful career, and I made it to the big time as a star dancer for the American Red Cross!  I am grateful for every opportunity that brought me to this very point in my life…now I can only hope for some grace on the dance floor!

Just Try….. Wise Advise from the Next Generation

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Tammy Elliott photo courtesy of Frievalt Photography.

I’m an early riser by trade my alarm goes off at 2:20am to get ready for Action 2 News This Morning at 4:30. But seriously I love the nightlife. I want to go where the people dance. I want some action, I want to live!  Are you singing along with me yet? “I love the nightlife; I got to boogie on the disco, yeah”.

When I started writing my bio that song started running through my head. “I love the Nightlife” Alicia Bridges, circa 1978. Yes, I was alive and old enough to boogie to that beat.

So I’m hoping to polish my moves I now only show off at home during a fun time my family calls: “Friday Night Dance Party”.

“Dancing with Our Stars” will be an incredible opportunity to get into the groove and express myself in a new way!