Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to Participate in Dancing with Our Stars Finale

The 10th and final edition of the American Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars (aka DWOS) event, which will be a two-night extravaganza in late February, will feature appearances by professional ballroom dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy thanks to a sponsorship by Jack’s Maintenance. Billed as “ Dancing with Our Stars 2018: All – Star Edition , presented by the Schneider Foundation ”, local community members who participated in previous years are returning to once again be Star Dancers. Peta and Maks will serve as celebrity judges for the Saturday, February 24, 2018 ballroom dance show. They will also make an appearance at a Disco-themed Dance Party fundraiser the night before. Both events will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. People in attendance will receive the chance to win personal experiences with Peta and Maks including the opportunity to dance with them.

While this is the first time Maks will be part of DWOS, it marks Peta’s third appearance as she previously participated in 2014 and 2015. Murgatroyd is well known for teaming with Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver to win Season 14 of ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

People interested in purchasing tickets should send an email to: redcrossdwos@gmail.com.

The goal of this final DWOS campaign is to raise $600,000. In its nine-year history, DWOS has raised more than $2 million. These are the DWOS alumni lacing up their ballroom dancing shoes one more time:

  • Anna Allen
  • Chelsea Anderson
  • Billi Jo Baneck
  • Keith Cronin
  • Kati Donaho
  • Mary Gronnert
  • Tracy Lemsky
  • Emily Matesic
  • Zeb Metzler
  • Bill McGlin
  • Pam Niles
  • Lisa Pritzl
  • Adam Rockman
  • Stacy Stecker
  • Dan Terrio
  • Jody Weyers
  • Marty Williams
  • Kelly Wolff

Paul Kardish of Schneider is also joining the team, taking the place of Chris Lofgren who participated in DWOS 2014.

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.

More event details can be found on the following Red Cross platforms:

Donation page: https://www.crowdrise.com/redcrossallstars

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

Facebook All-Star Page:  https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossAllStars/

Twitter: @redcrosswis

Use #RedCrossAllStars and #DWOS18 to join the conversation on social media!

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 – DWOS14 All Star – Jody Weyers

Love these people! My volunteer crew for my 40th Birthday Bash Fundraiser!

It’s hard to believe it was four years ago I competed in the 2014 Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross. When I look back on my journey I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences of my life.  To this day, I continue to be humbled by all the people who supported me along the way and who contributed to my fundraising campaign in shattering my goal of raising $40,000. My final fundraising total was $56,182.57!

Here we are in year 10 and the final year – it is bitter sweet!  I have been involved with this event since it was just an idea that came out of the mouth of one of our board members, Jim Gagnon, and here we are nine years later, 95 community dancers who gave of their heart and soul to support the American Red Cross and more than $2 million dollars raised for program and services.

People ask me all the time, if so successful, why is this the last year? Fundraisers have a shelf life and DWOS has had an amazing run, but it has gotten harder and harder to find people who can give the time, willing to make the commitment and have the network to be able to raise the minimum commitment we ask.

Reading over my 2014 bio (click HERE to read) so much has changed in my life, but one thing that has not changed is my work and passion for the Red Cross (16 years) and my commitment to engage and be an advocate for volunteering.

In my 2014 bio I talked about my bucket list – in the four years since, I can proudly check off: ballroom dancing, running a ½ marathon, traveling to India and seeing the Taj Mahal and I moved from Green Bay to Madison.

December 2016 in front of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

My current role with the Red Cross is Donor Recruitment Manager. I work with our community sponsor groups in Sauk and Columbia Counties and in the cities of DeForest, Windsor and Waunakee in setting up blood drives and educating the community about the importance of giving blood.

I am very fortunate I continue to work with an amazing group of volunteers from our blood drive coordinators to all our volunteers working at the drives and those behind the scenes helping to put up posters in their community, clearing the donation space of tables and chairs before the drive and being advocates to recruit donors.

Recently I was reminded, once again, the impact Red Cross volunteers have within a community when disaster strikes.  May 31, 2017, there was an explosion at the Didion Corn Mill in Cambria killing five and many others injured and needing lifesaving blood due to their injuries. Our disaster volunteers were on site immediately supporting all the emergency crews and our mental health volunteers were there to help the families impacted by being the shoulder to lean on, giving out lots of hugs, listening and providing comfort and guidance when their world has been turned upside down.  I saw the impact of the community near and far wanting to help – how they helped was by coming out and donating blood. Five days after the explosion we had a blood drive in the nearby town of Randolph.  Our goal was 56 units and we collected 80 units for a potential of 240 lives saved.  We had to turn people away because we ran out of blood bags.  The community support was again humbling and very heart-warming.

Post from donor, Madeline Spooner: We all gave blood today ❣️💉 to help victims injured in the Didion explosion in Cambria, WI. My heart breaks for the people who lost their lives, including Duel Block who was best friends with all of these sweet kids. Red Cross’ goal was to collect 56 units and a total of 80 units were given. A potential of 240 lives saved! Feels so good to do good and be surrounded by such amazing, lovely people.

Over my 16 years of working with the Red Cross and volunteers I have witnessed countless acts of kindness and am blessed to have crossed paths with some of the greatest people in our community.

My goal for the 2018 Dancing with Our Stars and the goal of our amazing All-Star dance crew is to make this year the BIGGEST and raise the MOST money from any other year. Our goal is to raise more than  $600,000.  I hope you will give a gift in support of me and the American Red Cross! (click HERE to donate).

In closing, I want to give a special thank you to Shawn Kiser, Executive Producer of DWOS. You are the big brother I never had. I am forever grateful for our friendship, teamwork, your positive “go big or go home” attitude and for always having my back. We have had so many amazing memories and laughs since you came on board in 2012. I also want to give a shout out to my #RAGECREW –— You know who you are. I am looking forward to putting on my dance shoes once again for one final performance for the Red Cross Dancing with Our Stars …… The Last Dance!!!

Here are my videos from my 2014 Dancing with our Stars journey! 

Dancing with Our Stars 2017 Fundraiser Raises Awareness for Local Services and $206,000+!

The 9th Annual Dancing with Our Stars for the American Red Cross held on Saturday, February 25 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay featured fantastic fundraising as well as spectacular dancing. Together, with the amazing efforts of our star and professional dancers, sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised more than $206,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

Taking away the top honor for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy – Team Division was Stacy Stecker and Chelsea Anderson of Team Rock for the Red. They raised more than $66,000 to support the local Red Cross. The winner of the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy – Individual Division was Jim Knopf who raised more than $25,000.

People’s Choice Champion Award went to Billi Jo Baneck and Michael Witte for their dance to “I Won’t Let Go.”  The People’s Choice Runner Up Award went to Ryan Martin and Mina Witte for their Paso Doble to “Kiss the Sky.”

The Judges’ Choice Champion Award went to Kelly Wolff and Terry Irwin for their Rhythm Medley to “One Night Only.” The Judges’ Choice Runner Up Award went to Sarah Larson and Rane Cegelski for their Harry Potter-themed Smooth Medley.

Sarah Larson and Rane Cegelski for their Harry Potter-themed Smooth Medley.

Sarah Larson and Rane Cegelski for their Harry Potter-themed Smooth Medley.

Thank you to our sponsors including: Associated Bank; AT&T; BayTek Games; Broadway Automotive; Festival Foods; Green Bay Packaging; Green Bay Packers; Kimberly-Clark; Nature’s Way; Sanimax; Schneider Foundation, Simply Ballroom, SKB Management, Tundraland and Wisconsin Public Service. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2, 101 WIXX and 94.3 JackFM for their promotional support.

Special thanks to Cami Rapson of WBAY-TV 2 and Shawn Kiser of Rally Man Entertainment for serving as masters of ceremonies and Christopher Mangless, Matthew Rassmussen and Heather Wudstrack for their professional and colorful commentary as judges.

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion:

  • Team Champagne Strut:
    • Jennie Sykes – Brand Ambassador, Elevate97
    • Jillian Dempsey – Co-owner, The Heel
  • Team Culinary Chemist:
    • Jyll Everman – Co-Owner/Executive Chef, Gather on Broadway
    • Sarah Larson – Quality Control Chemist, Nature’s Way
  • Team E-Rock:
    • Emily Matesic – Fox Valley Bureau Chief, WBAY-TV
    • Adam Rockman – BSN/RN/CCRN, Bellin Health
  • Team Rock for the Red:
    • Chelsea Anderson – UW School of Medicine and Public Health
    • Stacy Stecker – Senior Vice President/Private Banking Group Manager, Associated Bank
  • Team Vixens:
    • Kelly Wolff – Kimberly-Clark
    • Lusine Weitz – Owner, NC Janitorial

The community members competing individually:

  • Billi Jo Baneck – Dispatcher, Brown County Public Safety
  • Jim Knopf – Sales & Marketing Manager, Servpro
  • Dr. Ryan Martin – Professor of Psychology at UW-Green Bay
  • Tara Steinhorst – Founder, Colton’s Cure
  • Carla Vander Loop – Stylist/Social Media Marketing, LS Boutique
  • Woody from 94.3 JackFM – Program Coordinator/On-Air Talent

 Also, thank you to our pro dance partners:

Rane Cegelski; Terry Irwin from TC Dance Club of Appleton; Charles Michaels from Arthur Murray School of Dance in Sun Prairie; Jay Morth from Ballroom by Jay; Michael Witte and Mina Witte from Simply Ballroom of Green Bay.

To view videos of the dances click HERE.

Check out our Northeast Wisconsin Facebook Page to view event photos.

Thank you to the event committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local Red Cross.

 

Dapper Dance to Support Team Culinary Chemists

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Put on your “Sunday best” and join us for an evening of music and dancing. The night will include live music by Gypsy Trip, a ballroom dance lesson, silent auction, full bar and food. Doors open at 6pm with the dance lesson at 7 and the live music at 8pm

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at gatheronbroadway.com

Click HERE for more information and tickets!

DWOS17 – Meet our Star Dancers: Team Rock for the Red

stacy (left) and Chelsea (right)

Stacy Stecker (left) and Chelsea Anderson – Team Rock for the Red.

Stacy Stecker

Born and raised in Suamico, I am a graduate of Bay Port High School where I grew up participating in cross country, track, show choir and color guard (yes, I really did twirl a flag around the football field).  I graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a Marketing degree and I am currently furthering my education at Concordia University of Wisconsin pursuing my degree in Business Management.  I am the daughter of Gary and Georgean Simon whom without their faith, strength and strict rules, I would not be where I am today.  For the past 16 years my husband Dana and I have lived in De Pere.  It is with his love and support that I am able to participate in Dancing with Our Stars. Together we have four children: Alexandra, Broderick and his wife Kaeleigh, and our twins Gabrielle and Mason.  When I am not working I enjoy running, biking, training for half-marathons, reading, traveling and attending all of my children’s activities. I also serve on the committee for the Gourmet Wishes Dinner and I am a wish grantor for Make A Wish of Wisconsin.

As Senior Vice President and Private Banking Group Manager at Associated Bank, I am truly blessed to be part of an amazing team where we strive to provide high-value products and services to our clients, while building long lasting relationships.  Over the past ten years I have been very fortunate to work for an organization that truly believes in giving back to our community and encourages us to do so by granting its employees volunteer hours and communicating local opportunities through our “roots in our community” intranet site.

“A little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll”. Watching “The Donnie and Marie Osmond Show” is my first memory of dancing.  I was about four or five years old, and I can remember dancing to all of their songs, putting a show on for my family in our living room.  Their music was contagious and I can still remember how excited I was each week to watch another episode.  I’m also a big fan of the movie “Grease”.  Who hasn’t watched it and attempted to do the “Hand Jive”.

“No one puts baby in a corner”, I love the movie “Dirty Dancing”! Patrick Swayze, my dream dance partner, was so enjoyable to watch as he danced his way into every teenage girl’s home in the ‘80’s. It was a modern day fairytale that pulled at my heartstrings and made me want to get out of my chair and learn on how to dance. I can still remember fantasizing about learning how to do “the lift”.  I hope to have “had the time of my life” at the end of my Dancing with Our Stars career.

Support Stacy and Chelsea Nov 5

Support Stacy and Chelsea Nov 5 at their Blue Jeans, Boots and Bling Event!

Being a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan I obviously have to begin with saying Donald Driver is my favorite all-time person from “Dancing with the Stars.”  He is an amazing athlete, dancer and performer who can grab your attention with his charismatic style and contagious smile. However, I really did enjoy watching Amy Purdy dance with Derek Hough on season 18.  I was in awe watching her dance across the dance floor with her prosthetic legs.  It gives me a little bit of hope that I will be able to pull off this dance competition with some grace.

There are so many reasons to support the American Red Cross.  When tragedy strikes they are there to provide help for the people who need shelter, clothing and food after a fire takes their home or an accident that requires blood supply. The Red Cross also provides CPR training and offers babysitting courses to teenage children such as my own who need to learn how to not only provide for themselves safely but also learn to care for others.  By participating in #DWOS17, I feel in some small way I can contribute to a larger cause and help so many others in that time of crisis.

Chelsea Anderson

I am originally from New England, and have been part of the Green Bay community for 16 years.  I have been here most of my life and I am proud to call it my home.  From the age of four, my parents have encouraged me give back to the community that I live in.  My first recollection was feeding the homeless when I was four years old at our local church.  I truly did not understand why children my age were hiding food in their pockets.  When I found out the reason why, that particular moment, started my passion to help others in need.  When I was in school, I started a group, Forever Loving Youth.  We collected donations of new items to give the pediatric ward at Bellin Hospital so every child that stayed in the hospital would receive something new to take home.  Following in my mother’s footsteps, Tracy Lemsky-2014 DWOS participant, I learned there are a million reasons to support the Red Cross and I wanted to help make a difference.

As an alumna of Bay Port High School, spending four years on the Bay Port Dance Team, I fell in love with not only dancing, but also how it can communicate emotions through music and motion.  Although my dance team days are over, I still get out and dance as much as I can.  I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a major in Biology.  My current position is at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health working with 3rd and 4th year medical students. I plan to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration Degree within the next year so I can eventually get involved with healthcare administration. I would like to specialize in quality assurance or clinic management.

I truly enjoy spending time outside and enjoying the fresh air – whether it be sailing on a lake, climbing or hiking at a state park, going for a run or bike ride, taking my dog for a walk, or downhill skiing out west.  I developed my passion for adventure during college when I was involved with the largest and oldest student organization on campus – Wisconsin Hoofers.  Hoofers is comprised of six outdoor recreation clubs.   I eventually was elected president at the end of my college career and had the privilege to work with an incredible staff and student leaders to help shape the future of the best student organization on campus.

A special thanks to my family and friends for their support of my personal mission to help the Red Cross.  You have all made a huge impact in my life and I don’t know where I would be without you.  I also need to give a shout out to my mom for taking on the role of campaign manager.

Want to help Team Rock for the Red take home the Team Mirrorball Trophy?  VOTE! 

 

Lineville’s Got Talent – December 18!

Support Anna Allen, 6th grade  Lineville Intermediate School Teacher on her quest to raise funds for the American Red Cross and win the Fundraising Mirror Ball Trophy. Here is a video of some of Anna’s moves with her pro partner and fellow teacher, Michael Witte. You got a glimpse of Anna’s talent, we hope you will come out to “Lineville’s Got Talent” to see more and many other students and teachers get out there on the stage!

 

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