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UW Health SMPH
American Family Children's Hospital

Spotlight on Life Gala


InterContinental Milwaukee
139 East Kilbourn Avenue
Grand Salon

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Modeled after Dancing with the Stars, the evening will feature leaders from each of Wisconsin's top medical and research institutions as celebrity dancers, paired with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The dancers' performances will pay tribute to the second chances that are made possible through the miracle of transplantation and the gift of organ donation.


Proceeds from this special event will be used to support donation and transplantation awareness efforts, the NKF U.S. Transplant Games® and the transplant recipients, living donors and donor family members who make up TEAM WISCONSIN.


For the 2012 event, Jill Ellefson, UW OPO executive director, Jeff Poltawsky, American Family Children's Hospital vice president, and UW Health transplant surgeon Dr. Luis Fernandez will be among the celebrity dancers. Joining them as a special guest dancer will be Dr. Anthony D'Alessandro, Medical Director of the UW OPO.


The celebrity dancers are currently in training for the competition. Follow Jill's experience through her dance training at her personal blog: