Thank you to all who supported Dancing for Little Stars 2014!

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420 guests joined us at Dancing for Little Stars held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Oshkosh Convention Center. Hosted by Parent Connection, the event is held each April in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, with all proceeds supporting the program’s early childhood education services.


Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffles. A brief program featured the work and mission of Parent Connection and honored two community members, Pastor John Hobbins and Dr. Michelle Wihlm, for their contributions to improving the lives of children and families in the Oshkosh area. Click here to read their complete bios, as presented at the event.


The highlight of the evening was the 7th annual "Dancing for Little Stars" competition, in which nine groups and pairs of ‘local celebrities’ danced to raise money and awareness for child abuse prevention. Our dancers entertained the crowd with performances ranging from country and tap to ballroom and music through the decades.


In the end, Liz Rice Janzen & Ted Balser came out on top as the biggest fundraisers, bringing in $4,414 through their participation in the event. Bella College of Cosmetology won for "Best Costume"; the award for "Best Dance" went to the team High School Reunion.


With the generous support of our dancers, sponsors, donors and guests, Dancing for Little Stars 2014 raised proceeds of $44,800 for child abuse prevention programs in the Oshkosh area. A special thank you to all who attended and/or supported the event!


Dancing for Little Stars 2014 Sponsors:

Associate Sponsors:

Castle Pierce Printing     Kimberly Clark     Jay Manufacturing


Table Sponsors

  • 1040 Champion Ave, LLC

  • Affinity Health System

  • Aurora Health Care

  • Friends of DJ & Jacci Belter

  • Blended Waxes, Inc.

  • Bridgeview Dental

  • E.D. Chase Company

  • E. and W. Brooke Manor

  • Foster & Haley Families

  • Independence Financial, Olson Legal Group & Jones Family Chiropractic

  • InSight Eye Care

  • Julie’s Touch of Silver Dance Studio

  • Krueger Family Chiropractic

  • MARCO Promotional Products

  • Sheriff John Matz

  • Oshkosh Southwest Rotary

  • Pack Air, Inc.

  • Silver Star Brands

  • Tremble & Martin Families

  • Urban Esque/Allstate Insurance

  • West Side Tire & Auto

Banner Sponsors

  • Aurora Pediatrics

  • Arts for Kids

  • Basiliere, Thompson, Bissett & Castonia

  • Dental Design Studio

  • DiRenzo & Bomier, LLC

  • Folske Electric Services

  • Hickey Roofing, Inc.

  • Luvata

  • Outlook Group Corporation

  • Rice Janzen & Balser Families


Media Sponsors

  • Bank First National

  • Oshkosh Central Credit Union

  • Oshkosh Firefighters Charitable Trust

  • Oshkosh Northwestern Media


Thank you to all of our dancers and instructors:



Bella Academy of Cosmetology

Missy Allen

Dr. Jacci & DJ Belter

Sheyre Boswell

High School Reunion (Anna Allen, Holly Foster & Erin Martin)

Marissa Garcia

Rochelle Krapf & Kim Skorlinski

Julie & Lacey Seckar-Anderson, Julie’s Touch of Silver

Systematic, Hydromatic, Ultramatic Care Managers (Lakeland Care District)

Manila Resto


N.E.W. Rotary eClub

Oshkosh Southwest Rotary


Liz Rice Janzen & Ted Balser



A special thank you to our volunteer planning committee: Jessica Benesh, Sue Berndt, Beth Caramanidis, Jessica Johnson, John Holland, Erin Martin, Sue Patchak, Scott Peck and Jennifer Ven Rooy.


For questions about Dancing for Little Stars or to participate as a sponsor or volunteer, contact Wendy Schwalbe at 920-233-6630 ext. 101 or Thank you for your support of Parent Connection and our mission to protect children and families in our communities!

In 2013, the Parent Connection program provided 3,115 home visits to 375 families and presented to 3,050 workshop/event participants.






Fox Valley/Outagamie County

1810 Appleton Rd, Menasha

Program Manager: Andrea Alpert-Buss, email or call 920-739-4226 ext. 108


Oshkosh/Winnebago County

36 Broad St, Ste 150, Oshkosh

Program Manager: Wendy Schwalbe, email or call 920-233-6630 ext. 101




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- View the Parent Connection video, as presented at Dancing for Little Stars 2014

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