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Ryan Martin's Fundraiser:

Dancing with Our Stars 2017

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BENEFITING: American Red Cross

ORGANIZER: American Red Cross

Ryan Martin

THE STORY:

 

I’m the chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a nationally known anger researcher.  I earned my doctorate from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi where I studied anger under Dr. Eric Dahlen.  I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Emotion, Research Methods in Psychology, and a capstone course on anger and violence.  Although I study healthy and unhealthy anger in a variety of contexts, I’m best known for my work on how anger is expressed through social media.  My work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today as well as on National Public Radio and various other news outlets.

I’ve been married for 16 years and have two young sons, with whom I spend most of my free time. Our family enjoys trips to Door County and visits with other family throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. In Green Bay, family time is spent at Bay Beach, the Farmers Market, the Children’s Museum, kids’ sports and dance lessons, and bike rides on various trails throughout Green Bay. When I take time for myself, I enjoy running, my favorite pastime, and run as many of the local races as possible.

My first dance memory comes from when I was around five or six-years-old and was at a wedding with my family.  I was watching people dance and I really wanted to get out on the dance floor with them but was a little bit too shy.  I went and found my mom and she invited me to dance with her.  I remember being struck by how bad I was compared to everyone else.  They had all made it look so easy and I just felt awkward and weird.

My wife, Tina, is my dream dance partner. While Apolo Anton Ohno is my favorite all-time performer from “Dancing with the Stars”. I had been a big fan of his from watching him in the Olympics, and really admired his personal story.  His freestyle dance on DWTS, though, was particularly amazing.

I moved to Green Bay from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in July of 2005, less than two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the place I called home for five years.  I had many friends, coworkers, and former students who were living throughout southern Mississippi and Louisiana, and I watched with sadness and fear as they suffered because of the storm.  I remember feeling profoundly helpless as I watched things unfold, but I also remember all the volunteers that were being dispatched by the American Red Cross to help.  It was comforting to know that someone was doing something, and that even though I couldn’t help directly, I could donate to the people who were able to.

I am excited to get involved in the Dancing with Our Stars fundraiser for two reasons. First, and most obviously, I believe in the Red Cross and value the work they do.  I am happy to raise money for the organization that was there for so many of my friends and has been there for so many others.  Second, as a teacher I am constantly encouraging my students to step outside of their comfort zone and try things that are new and difficult.  Dancing as part of this fundraiser is a chance for me to do the same. 

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To This Fundraiser

$8,415

MONEY RAISED
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  • Nathaniel Jacobson

    $100

  • Bill and Jeanne Laakso

     

  • Russ Lark

    $50

  • Joshua Schiffman

    $50

  • Janene B

    $50

  • Christina Trombley

     

  • John and Twila Marquardt

     

  • Regan A R Gurung & Martha Ahrendt

    $101

  • Joanne Dolan

    $50

  • Julia Wallace

     

  • Wisconsin Public Service Foundation

     

  • David Voelker

     

  • Eric

    $100

  • Sue and Bill Bodilly

    $50

  • Karla Jennings

     

  • Erika Zetty and Phillip Martin

    $100

  • Sheryl Van Gruensven

    $50

  • Mary Ellen Gillespie

    $50

  • Lou and Sue LeCalsey

     

  • Amanda Nelson

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Gary and Georgia Miller

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

    $45

  • Aaron + Katie Weinschenk

    $25

  • Inktober drawings (3)

    $45

  • Jena & Troy Landers

     

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Jordan Grapentine

     

  • Holly Nerat

    $15

  • Karen Sanchez

    $50

  • Monika Pynaker

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $180.22

  • Jessica Blavat

    $30

  • Mike and Sara Hurley

    $100

  • Emily Rogers

    $50

  • Paula and Wade Martin

     

  • Joshua Schiffman

     

  • Ellen Rosewall

    $50

  • Diane and Pat Ford

    $100

  • Lucy P.

    $25

  • Annie Flesch

    $25

  • Susan Finco & Ed kralovec

    $100

  • Tolerant Dog Owner

     

  • Jenell Holstead

    $35

  • Tim and Kara Pratt

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kimberly Vlies & Brian Murton

    $35

  • Kimberly Vlies

    $15

  • Mary Beth Balch

    $35

  • Lindsey Koehler

    $15

  • Kate Burns and Mark Finn

    $35

  • Bootz Family

    $50

  • Kelly & Dan Moore

    $25

  • craig martin

    $100

  • Jena & Troy Landers

    $15

  • Jason and Raquel Cowell

     

  • Darrel Renier

    $25

  • John Miller

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $34.88

  • Brian Murton

    $15

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jena and Troy Landers

    $35

  • Jack and Ginny Riopelle

    $100

  • Stephanie Murphy

    $25

  • Packers Rule

    $100

  • Jim West

     

  • Penny Forrest

    $50

  • Robert and Carrie Cera

    $125

  • JTR

    $250

  • Chris Jones

     

  • Paul & Dawn Soletski Bay Lakes Builders

    $50

  • Eric and Susan Craver

     

  • Alissa & Adam Warpinski

     

  • Paula Marcec and Paul Ehrfurth

    $100

  • Chris Farley

    $50

  • Kari Moody

    $25

  • Brenda Beck

     

  • Clifton and Paula Ganyard

    $100

  • Greg and Jennifer Davis

    $100

  • Noreen Cleary

    $250

  • Craig Francois

    $50

  • Tim and Jeannine Brown

    $50

  • Andrew Walczak

    $20

  • Tom Sieber

    $50

  • Steve and Elizabeth Kogos

    $50

  • Kim Nielsen

     

  • Gayle and Nick

    $50

  • Matt and Beth Dornbush

    $100

  • Ryan Martin

     

  • Alese Nelson

     

  • Denise Bartell & Christopher Martin

    $50

  • George Ramponi

    $25

  • Danielle Bina

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Matt Geimer

     

  • Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

    $50

  • Caroline B.

     

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $108,475 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Team Rock for the Red -

Amount Raised

$40,825

Fundraiser Title

Jim Knopf

Amount Raised

$12,645

 

51% Raised of $25,000 Goal

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Team Culinary Chemist -

Amount Raised

$11,860

Fundraiser Title

Team E-Rock

Amount Raised

$11,685

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Martin

Amount Raised

$8,415

Fundraiser Title

Team Vixens

Amount Raised

$6,040

Fundraiser Title

Tara Steinhorst

Amount Raised

$5,000

 

50% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carla Vander Loop

Amount Raised

$4,230

Donor Comments

Caroline B.

Caroline B.

7 months ago

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

DONATION: $50

Wish I could see you dance tonight. Congratulations on a very successful fundraiser! 7 months ago

Matt Geimer

Matt Geimer

7 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Danielle Bina

Danielle Bina

7 months ago

George Ramponi

George Ramponi

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Denise Bartell & Christopher Martin

Denise Bartell & Christopher Martin

DONATION: $50

7 months ago

Alese Nelson

Alese Nelson

7 months ago

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

7 months ago

Matt and Beth Dornbush

Matt and Beth Dornbush

DONATION: $100

7 months ago