And raised A LOT of money for the American Red Cross! This past weekend was Dancing With Our Stars at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Terry danced with two of our Members, Lusine Weitz and Kelly Wolff, making up Team Vixens.
Terry and Lusine did a beautiful and moving Viennese Waltz, and Kelly and Terry did a spectacular Rhythm Medley with help from several backup dancers, that brought home the judges choice award! Our Members and Staff worked very hard, not only on their dances, but Team Vixens held several fundraising events prior to the big show. Over $200,000 was raised, with Team Vixens raising $42,000 of the total!
You can watch video performances on the American Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin Chapter’s YouTube channel. Be sure to check out Lusine and Kelly’s dances. You won’t be disappointed!
John Botsford is a Vietnam Veteran battling serious illnesses, including stage-four bone cancer. In December, John and his special lady, Eunice Sheberl, were invited by friends to attend the Mid-Day Women’s Alliance Black & Pink Ball in Menasha.
“When Eunice and I walked into that ballroom, we thought we were just going out dancing for the evening. We had no idea what was about to happen”, smiled John.
You see, John’s 20-year dream was to dance with Eunice at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria on New Years Eve, so John’s friends surpris
ed him by arranging a special spotlight dance to selections from his favorite musical, “The Sound of Music”. As they danced, the room fell silent and tears of joy streamed down John’s face. The audience cried with him.
When Terry Irwin, owner of TC Dance Club International witnessed John and Eunice’s dance and heard John’s story, he knew he had to do something to make John’s dream come true for real and get them to Vienna by New Year’s Eve. “It just pulled at my heart strings”, said Terry.
Terry followed through with his quest. Terry Irwin, along with the media and hundreds of community members came together to make John’s dream come true.
John and Eunice traveled to Vienna, Austria with stops in Amsterdam, Munich, and Salzburg. They visited grand cathedrals, castles, saw the Lipizzan Stallions dance, heard the Vienna Boy’s Choir, and more.
Then, on New Year’s Eve, John and Eunice dined and danced in their finest along with thousands and met people from all over the world. Just before Midnight, the countdown began, the Palace bells rang out with gusto, and the orchestra played the Blue Danube Waltz. They hardly noticed the champagne being poured as silver streamers fell from the ceiling and enveloped them on the dance floor as their dream came true.
John eyes misted as he said, “I’ve always been strong and able to help others and now I’m having to get used to accepting help from others. Eunice and I are so blessed. Thank you, Terry Irwin, and everyone who helped make our dream come true.”
Thank you to the media in our region that helped us get the word out about the fundraising campaign. You can read more about John and his story by clicking the following links.