And the Clara Barton Award goes to…

Kate Burgess

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(L-R: Shawn Kiser, Kate Burgess, Jody Weyers, and Mike Gallagher)

The Clara Barton Award is the highest honor possible. In 1881, Clara Barton was the driving force to create the American National Red Cross.

Clara was honored during her lifetime and is still honored as one of the great women of America. She was a true pioneer. She was devoted to a humanitarian mission and spurred on by her personal involvement on the front lines of the Civil War. She risked her life to assist the battered, bruised, shot and deceased on the front lines; she was forever coined “the angel of the battlefields”. Thus set in motion, one of today’s worldwide operations of today’s international Red Cross.  Her determination, perseverance and leadership are the cornerstone of today’s Red Cross. In her honor, the American Red Cross has designated the Clara Barton Award as the highest honor a volunteer can receive.

Much like Clara Barton, Kate feels a special connection to the military as her family has served our country in everything from World Wars to current conflicts. That connection with the military, as well as the HOPE the American Red Cross represents, is the driving force behind her commitment to the organization.

She’s helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years to support local Red Cross services. In February of 2012, she took home the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy at Dancing with Our Stars. In doing so, she set a then-fundraising record, bringing in more than $47,000. For four months she pounded the pavement, finding creative ways to steward her family, friends and business associates. All the while she preached the mission of the Red Cross.

Her ability to lead is evident when looking at the list of “star dancers” for Dancing with Our Stars 2013. She helped recruit several of them; bringing a new group of people to learn the mission and support the Red Cross. Those recruits included Betina and Donald Driver. She helped convince the Drivers to take part in the event and was instrumental in planning the “Drive the Red Party”, an event for Betina’s fundraising campaign, which brought in more than $140,000. Other star dancers often reach out to her for fundraising ideas and she is always willing to offer advice and support.

Another example of her leadership happened after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast last year, causing massive devastation. Her business, fulfillnet, works with several companies located in the affected areas. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts for those associates, fulfillnet practiced its Responsible Citizenship value by donating $3,000 to the Red Cross for Sandy relief efforts.

As Clara said, “It is not the in the past that the glories or benefits of the Red Cross lie, but in the possibilities it has created for the future.”

Congratulations, Kate!

We Live In a Community of Much Generosity

Out of tragedy and disaster comes the stories of courage, strength and acts of kindness. Kate Burgess, CEO, FulfillNet and her team, demonstrate firsthand how a small act of kindness can make a big impact.

In honor of the companies they serve, many on the East Coast, they have chosen to forego a traditional holiday gift and instead give a significant donation to offer assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Thank you to Kate and your team for your $3,000 gift to the American Red Cross!  Your gift will go far in providing hope and help to those in need.

Thank you for being a friend of the American Red Cross and for all you do in our community!

(Below is Kate’s letter sent to their customers.) 

Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin exceeded expectations, with the largest (sell-out) crowd, record fundraising and increased awareness to programs and services. This year’s event was held on Saturday, February 18 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

Rebecca Schuld

Together, with the amazing efforts of our ten celebrity dancers, our sponsors, and with the support of the community, we raised $189,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in our community.

“Here at the American Red Cross, we are truly humbled by the outpouring of community support received through the “Dancing with the Stars” event,” said Steve Hansen, the Chapter Executive. “Saturday night, the entire event concluded with the entertainment and demonstration of dancing skills by our 10 stars, but the real event started well over three months ago, when our dancers made the commitment to raise funds to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.”

Hansen also said, “Along with the outstanding support from our sponsors and community, the dancers poured everything they had into this event by generously volunteering their time and talent to make this event a huge success. On behalf of the American Red Cross, thank you for bringing compassion and hope to those in need!”

Thank you to our sponsors including: Oneida Nation of Wisconsin; State Farm; Festival Foods; Nicolet National Bank; Broadway Automotive and the Schneider National Foundation. We also thank our media partners of WBAY-TV2 and WIXX for their promotional support.

Our dancers definitely put their best foot forward to entertain and dazzle a sold-out crowd of 810 guests and volunteers. Our evening began with dinner and followed by our all-star dance program were each celebrity performed two dances. The night concluded with the awards ceremony and open dance for all our guests with music provided by Big Mouth & the Power Tools.

Taking away the top honors for the Mirror Ball Fundraising Trophy was Kate Burgess (right), Owner & President of FulfillNet AND Staci Kring (left), Vice President, Retail Sales of Schreiber Foods. These two ladies raised $47,000 each to support the Red Cross.

The People’s Choice award for showcase one went to Tommy Lemkuil and Taryn Oleson for their jive to “Footloose”. People’s Choice award for showcase two went to Staci Kring and Rane Cegelski for their Foxtrot to “Fever”.

Alyssa Zellner and Brad Hutjens

The Judge’s Choice were awarded to Brad Hutjens and Alyssa Zellner, for their Cha Cha to “Give Me Everything (Tonight)” for showcase one and for showcase two Matt Smith and Kari Hinrichs won for their Waltz to “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”.

Special judges award went to Tom Lemkuil and Kate Burgess for their showmanship and Staci Kring for her technical expertise.

Special thanks to George Graphos, Cami Rapson and Chris Roth WBAY-TV 2 Anchors for being the masters of ceremonies and to Rebecca Messenger and Tom Choudoir for their professional, colorful and official judging commentary.

Dawn McCoy and Chris Flores

Thank you to all our star dancers for their time, commitment, energy and passion: Kate Burgess, Owner & President of FulfillNet; Tommy Fox, On Air Personality, WIXX; Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicole National Bank; Staci Kring, Vice President, Retail Sales, Schreiber Foods; Tom Lemkuil, Architect; Dawn McCoy, Owner of Tranquility Spa; Tricia Nell, Attorney, Liebmann Conway Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.; Rebecca Schuld, Meteorologist, WBAY-TV2; Matt Smith, Weekend Morning Anchor, WBAY TV2; Robert (Bob) Warpinski Jr, IBM Senior Location Leader & Client Executive;  and Janet Gollnick, owner of DanceSport of Green Bay and artistic director of the event, Rane Cegelski, Chris Flores, Kari Hinrichs, Jay Morth, Taryn Oleson and Alyssa Zellner from DanceSport of Green Bay.

Thank you to our committee, volunteers and most of all the community for supporting your local American Red Cross of Northeast WI.

To view photos and video of the entire evening please go to our Facebook Page.

American Red Cross Dancers Announced for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Fundraising Event

On Wednesday, September 28 the ten celebrity all-star dancers were announced for the 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars for the American Red Cross. This event will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel, Green Bay.

The 2012 “Dancing with the Stars celebrity line-up includes:

  • Kate Burgess, Owner/President of FulfillNet
  • Tommy Fox, On Air Personality WIXX
  • Brad Hutjens, Vice President/Chief Credit Officer of Nicolet National Bank
  • Staci Kring, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales, of Schreiber Foods
  • Tom Lemkuil,  Architect
  • Dawn McCoy, Owner of Tranquility Spa
  • Tricia Nell, Attorney, Liebmann Conway Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
  • Rebecca Schuld, Meteorologist, WBAY-TV2
  • Matt Smith, Weekend Morning Anchor, WBAY-TV2
  • Robert (Bob) Warpinski Jr, IBM Senior Location Leader & Client Executive, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Brown County

To view additional pictures of the live announcement click HERE.

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 is most 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 18.  Awards presentation include “Judge’s Choice” and “People’s Choice” trophies.

We are honored to have Dan Messenger of Milwaukee, a former National Champion and acclaimed Ballroom Judge, as judge.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be WBAY Anchors Cami Rapson, George Graphos and Chris Roth.

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 in Green Bay, starting January 4, 2012.