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.

Oshkosh Volunteer Helping Flood Victims in Tennessee

Updated: May 07, 2010 10:26 PM EST. By Matt Smith, WBAY – click for video of story

Nearly a week after a record thirteen-and-a-half inches of rain fell in Tennessee, causing an historic flood, there is frustration, despair — but also hope.

Nashville’s mayor says flood damage will exceed more than $1.5 billion in that city alone.

At least 31 people are dead in three states — 21 of them in Tennessee.

Barbara Behling has seen the damage from Nashville to Memphis. “In many ways it’s overwhelming.”

The Red Cross volunteer from Oshkosh took a few minutes to talk with us on the phone Friday during the massive effort to get food, shelter, and aid to the people of Tennessee — help to some areas that couldn’t begin until nearly a week after the flood began.

“In many of those areas, the Red Cross is still not allowed in. You have to be a first responder or a firefighter, a policeman, search and rescue. They’re doing some body recovery,” Behling said.

To help capture the gravity of the flood, Behling tells the story of a seven-year-old girl, Priscila, whom she met at a shelter.

Priscila Marquez hugs her Red Cross teddy bear at shelter in Memphis. Photo Credit: Tracy Kiest/American Red Cross

“She said, ‘Today’s my birthday,’ and I wished her happy birthday, and she goes, ‘We lost everything,’ and I said, “Well you still have your sister.’ She goes, ‘Yup, and I have my sister because we’re good swimmers and we were able to swim out of our house.’ And I inquisitively said, ‘You swam out of your house?’ She’s like, ‘Yup. Dad opened the door and we had to swim, and we swam to the shore and now we’re safe.'”

The work in Tennessee has barely begun. Behling knows the need and loss will continue for weeks.

“It’s predicted with some rain showers tonight, so we’re all a little on edge,” she said Friday.

On Saturday a second American Red Cross volunteer from Northeast Wisconsin will head to Tennessee.