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The Stars Are Back!

9th Annual Dancing with the La Crosse Stars
Friendly competition was in the air and excitement was evident as the stars met their pro dancer for the first time.

Red Cross held its annual Dancing with the La Crosse Stars Kickoff meeting last week to get all the stars and dancers together. Friendly competition was in the air and excitement was evident as the stars met their pro dancer for the first time. The event will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the La Crosse Center.

The event is a fundraiser modeled after the ABC television hit “Dancing with the Stars” and will benefit the Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Red Cross.

This year’s local “Stars” include:

Amy Zietlow – Ind. Executive Sr. Sales Director, Mary Kay

Randy Thompson – Owner, Task Karate

Drew Gavrilos – Police Sergeant, La Crosse Police Department

Tim Candahl – La Crosse County Medical Examiner

Dr. Paul Gasch – Chiropractor, Onalaska Family Chiropractic

Julie Schippers – Manager, Member Contact Center, Altra Federal Credit Union

David Winiecki – Vice President, Commercial Lending, Associated Bank

Dr. Heather Christensen – M.D. Family Practice, Mayo Clinic – Health System, Onalaska

Summer Thorson – Owner, Thorson Graphics

Brad Northrup – Owner, MN Spine and Sports Rehab

Peter Olson – Co-owner, Coach, CrossFit La Crosse Gym

The “Stars” are partnered with professional dance instructors from production sponsors; Amanda’s Academy of Dance, La Crosse Dance Center, and Nicole’s School of Dance who help them choreograph and rehearse a dance number for the pair to perform at the show. They are judged both on their performance and on their fundraising efforts for the Red Cross.

Last year just over 1,900 attendees enjoyed the event at the La Crosse Center and the teams helped raise over $145,000 for their local Red Cross.

The Scenic Bluffs Chapter has been serving the La Crosse area for over ninety-five years providing lifesaving CPR and First Aid training, disaster relief services, emergency communications for local military families and blood collection.

Tickets will go on sale October 31, 2014 and can be purchased at the La Crosse Center or through Ticketmaster. All seating is reserved and the ticket price is $20.