Dancing with the La Crosse Stars was a huge success, again this year! 9 local teams spent 5 months preparing their dance routines and raising money for the Red Cross mission. They were instructed by professional dancers from three partnering dance studios (Amanda's Academy of Dance, the La Crosse Dance Centre, and Nicole's School of Dance). A lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears went in to making this event a success. Thank you to everyone who participated!
With the dedication of these teams and the financial support of our community; over $86,000 was raised during the course of this event to help contribute to our local chapter of the Red Cross! In the La Crosse area, the Red Cross responds to about 40-50 disasters each year (most of which are house fires) by providing food, shelter, clothing and canteen services. Thank you for your assistance!
Brittany and Ballzer (left) from the Z93 Morning Buzz hosted the event and had a great time! Charlotte's Bridal and Formal Wear provided beautiful dresses for them and for the dance studio owners (Right)!
Join us for Divafest this Friday night at the Radisson Hotel in down town La Crosse!
Get your tickets online here or purchase them at Mid-West Family Broadcasting (201 State Street down town La Crosse) from 8am-5pm.
Here are some of the people you'll meet and a sneak peak of some of the fun items you'll see at Divafest this Friday night! Listen to what they have to offer you!
Phillips Distributing featuring Kinky Liqueur
Matthew J. Hefti is a Wisconsin-based author and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where he served for twelve-years as as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. While enlisted, he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. His acclaimed debut novel, "A Hard and Heavy Thing," is a bold narrative spanning two wars across three continents that challenges our ideas about sacrifice and courage.
Join the La Crosse Public Library, the UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, and the Weber Center for the Performing Arts as they present an evening with Matthew Hefti as he reads from "A Hard and Heavy Thing," shares his experience writing this powerful novel after returning home from war.
HEAR HIS CONVERSATION WITH BRITTANY AND BALLZER HERE:
COURTNEY HARRELL, Team Blake, worked as a music teacher for the Boston school district while balancing motherhood. After her contract ended, a producer friend asked for her help to write a song for Chris Brown, sparking her move from Boston to L.A. to become a professional songwriter. Since moving to L.A., Courtney has written for Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, and briefly toured as a background singer for John Legend. Her son is now 18 and it's finally her time to shine.
Simone Gundy (Team Adam), has always loved music, perusing her passion through choir and musical theater. Her extracurricular activities, however, came to a screeching halt when she found out she was pregnant in ninth grade. Simone had her son as a high school sophomore and, although she left school briefly, was able to graduate with her classmates on time. After high school, Simone got a job singing on a cruise ship where she gained experience performing cover songs four nights a week. She now balances work as a processing analyst for a solar panel company while also taking college courses online.
SHE TELLS BRITTANY AND BALLZER ALL ABOUT HER JOURNEY:
KYLIE ROTHFIELD- TEAM ALICIA
In 2010, Kylie began studying at Berklee College of Music, where she developed the soul side of her voice. In 2012, she left school and moved to Nashville to pursue music. In 2014, Kylie was doing a show at the Stone Fox when she experienced a vocal hemorrhage and couldn't speak for a month. During that time, she focused her attention on writing. She is hoping to make the transition back from songwriter to vocalist. In 2010, Kylie began studying at Berklee College of Music, where she developed the soul side of her voice. In 2012, she left school and moved to Nashville to pursue music. In 2014, Kylie was doing a show at the Stone Fox when she experienced a vocal hemorrhage and couldn't speak for a month. During that time, she focused her attention on writing. She is hoping to make the transition back from songwriter to vocalist.
KYLIE TELLS BRITTANY AND BALLZER WHAT ALICIA IS REALLY LIKE, HOW SHE MADE IT ON THE SHOW AND MORE:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reminds us how important it is to check ourselves on a monthly basis for abnormalities. That includes men also! Men can also get breast cancer.
This morning one of my best friends, Chrissy Russell, joined us to share her story about surviving breast cancer. Listen to Chrissy's story here.
CLICK HERE for more information on the signs of breast cancer, support, and more!
Aaron Gibson: Team Miley
It wasn't until Aaron was 18 that he attempted his first open mic at the suggestion of his father. Afterward, Aaron did away with the shyness and started singing anywhere he could. Aaron got a business degree and joined the corporate world after graduation, but quickly jumped back on the open mic bandwagon and now performs regularly at bars and restaurants in Atlanta. Aaron also has a passion for giving back to the community and has volunteered as a counselor at a camp for kids with Tourette's syndrome called Camp Twitch and Shout for the past five years.