|Antigo was the hotspot for dancing in central Wisconsin Saturday evening.|
The Boys and Girls Club’s “Antigo Thinks You Can Dance” was held at North Star Banquet Center with a very nice crowd and a great slate of dancers.
The crowd agreed that John McKenna and Kelly McKenna Patterson were the best on the floor.
McKenna is from Antigo, a son of Joseph and Ann. They brought their new baby Lola, to the festivities. Patterson is from Milwaukee.
The couple met a decade ago at the University of Wisconsin and have two children, Miles, 3, Lola, is just six weeks old.
McKenna is currently a family medicine resident and his wife, a Montessori pre-school instructor.
Taking second place was Crystal Smith, a massage therapist from Wausau, who did two remarkable tap dance routines. Third place went to 15-year-old Kamri Grant, of Antigo, an Expressions Dance Studio student and competitor who wowed the crowd with her solo jazz and lyrical routines.
The remaining competitors were hardly outshined. Randy Reif and Marilyn Greiner, of Schofield; Tori Andres and Emily Wald, of Antigo; Shari Welnetz and Jennifer Kressin, featuring Aubrie and Dixie, of Antigo; Bobbi Deede, Conner Kolz and Taylee Tucker of Antigo; and Duane Karau and Ann Marie Gross, of Ogema and Marshfield, all did a fantastic job and are commended for their efforts.
“As promised, Antigo Thinks You Can Dance was a sensational night of fun. All of the dancers were truly spectacular and we’re so grateful that the community continues to support our club and our mission to help kids in our backyard,” Liz Hayes Stickney, director of development and marketing, said.
In a dance exhibition, two Antigo women, Sue Duchan and Barbara Pease, a professional dancer, were on the floor with Randy Wilson, a ballroom dance instructor from Appleton. Charlene Barnett, another of his partners from Marathon, whistled across the North Star floor.
The evening’s program opened with a welcome from Angel Zimmerman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club here, and she introduced the dancers.
Presented by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Pinnacle Team of Jean Greening and Travis Rose, it is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers. It is essential to maintain operations and to continue to provide support for Antigo’s youth.
The Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County serves 500 registered members. Its mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It provide outcome driven programs focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and citizenship.
Liz Hayes-Stickney presents the winning trophy to John McKenna, Kelly McKenna Patterson and Lola.