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, Kackie 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.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter held its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards Banquet June 22, 2010 at the Rock Garden in Green Bay. We were pleased to have 182 volunteers and guests attend the event sponsored by the Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and Lyndahl Funeral Home.

 The officers elected to the Lakeland Chapter Board of Directors include; Eric Witczak, Nicolet National Bank, Board  Chair; Chris Vanderheyden, Double Digit Sales Growth, LLC, Vice Chair; Cathy Dworak, Green Bay Packers, Secretary, and Mike Gallagher, Schreiber Foods, Treasurer.

Following the annual meeting and dinner, the following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding volunteer support.

L-R Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Amy Hess, Judy Gregory, Disaster Services Director

 Amy Hess, Kerrie Forster Emergency Services Award for exceptional work in preparation and response to disasters in our community.

Rich Hermans, Earl and Viola Nelson Health and Safety Award for outstanding dedication to Health and Safety Services.

Pulaski Senior Center Red Cross Volunteer Drivers, Andrew Janssen Transportation Award for providing quality transportation throughout the community for seniors and those with disabilities.

 Janet Gollnick, DanceSport of Green Bay, Community Volunteer Services Award for dedication to the spirit and growth of promoting the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter and volunteerism in the community.

American Transmission Company, Corporate Benefactor Award presented to a business that has provided exceptional level of commitment and support of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Jeff Bassindale, Individual Benefactor Award for achieving an exceptional level of commitment and support financially for the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Eric Witczak, Mrs.Crane (Mary) Murphy Award for exceptional contributions by a board member to the advancement of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter.

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Kimberly Sawyer, 2010 Miss Wisconsin, and Eric Witczak, New Board Chair and recipient of the Mrs. Crane (Mary) Murphy Board Award

Richard Nelson, Ed McHugh Worker of the Year Award for exceptional reliability and dedication to the blood program

Kalie Mullins, Pulaski High School, Teen Lifeline Award, designed to recognize outstanding leadership among the Teen Lifeline Representatives of the ten area high schools.

 Our Lady of Lourdes Blood Drive Callers, Business, Group or Organization of the Year Award, presented to the group for years of dedication to the American Red Cross Blood Services program

Curt Dhein, Tosca Ltd., Hillary Lesperance Blood Services Award for demonstrating extraordinary support and significant impact on the Blood Services Program

Jerry Prellwitz, Volunteer of the Year Award for demonstrating long-term commitment and exceptional work to multiple programs of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Jody Weyers, Volunteer and Communications Director, Jerry Prellwitz, recipient of the Volunteer of the Year, Judy Gregory, Emergency Services Director, and Tina Whetung, Transportation Office Manager

 The Lakeland Chapter serves Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee (WI), Menominee (MI), Oconto and Shawano Counties and is located at 2131 Deckner Avenue, Green Bay 54302.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Local stars dance to benefit American Red Cross

$96,700 raised at 2nd annual event for the Lakeland Chapter

By Kelly McBride • kmcbride@greenbaypressgazette.com • February 22, 2010

Click HERE to view the story online at the Green Bay Press Gazette Website.

Eric and Janet (Corey Wilson/Press-Gazette)

A group of local celebrities got to shake, shimmy and sway their way to $96,700 in charitable contributions Sunday during a fundraiser for the American Red Cross.

Radio and television personalities joined local businesspeople for the second annual Dancing with the Stars event benefiting the Lakeland Chapter of the American Red Cross. Held in conjunction with DanceSport of Green Bay, the sold-out event paired the celebrity dancers with local ballroom experts for an evening of fun and fundraising.

“It’s a great, fun event,” said Mauree Childress, director of development for the Lakeland Chapter, “and the people who participate make lifelong friends, and a have a great deal of fun — and really serve as community leaders. They really are community leaders for stepping out there.”

Tickets for Sunday’s fundraiser, based on the popular reality TV show of the same name, ran $50 for individuals and $600 for a corporate table. Dancers brought in additional funds by soliciting $1 votes prior to and during the competition.

Most of the celebrity dancers started practicing for the event around Jan. 1, said Janet Gollnick, production director for the show and owner of DanceSport of Green Bay. She and the DanceSport interns who pair with the celebrities donate their time for the event.

“The routines are entertaining, but they’re not cartoonish,” Gollnick said. “They’re filled with real dancing technique. … It’s real good ballroom dancing with an entertaining focus, and playing to each star’s individuality.”

Mindy and Ben (Corey Wilson/Press-Gazette)

None of the stars had any prior ballroom experience, Gollnick said. For star dancer Mindy Bennett, owner of Balance for Body and Soul, learning the routines was a great chance to try something different.

“It’s been a blast,” she said before Sunday’s show. “I just thought it would be something new, an enjoyable experience. And it’s definitely lived up to that expectation.”

Watching the stars go from no experience to performing full routines is the best part of the experience for DanceSport intern Ben Wolf, who was Bennett’s partner Sunday.

“To see that transformation as the process goes on … it’s just the neatest experience to see them through that whole process, from start to finish,” he said.

Eric Witczak, a senior vice president at Nicolet National Bank, teamed with Gollnick to win the competition.

In its second year, the dance competition has become the Lakeland Chapter’s biggest special event. After exceeding expectations by raising $50,000 last year, organizers were optimistic for Sunday’s event, Childress said.

Raising awareness also is important, she added. Organizers plan to hold a third Dancing with the Stars event next year.

“You usually think of the Red Cross and you think of disasters and blood collection,” Childress said, “but we do so many other things.”