Spotlight on Life 2016

logo for the Spotlight on Life Gala


Champion: Beth Hubert, RN, CCRN, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
First Runner-up: Kathy Shultz, UW Health Transplant and UW OTD
Second Runner-up: Steve Pazynski, Wisconsin DMV

People's Choice Award: Kathy Shultz, UW Transplant and UW OTD

Heart & Soul Award: Dr. Jack Kleinman,
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin


About the Event

Combining dancing, rivalry, and fun, Spotlight on Life is a unique celebration of the gift of life. Representatives from donation and transplant organizations take professional dance lessons and compete toe-to-toe on the dance floor.

The event leaves the crowd cheering, and promotes organ, tissue, and eye donation. Patients, families, and supporters tune-in across the country via a live-stream to join the celebration at home.

Proceeds enable the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin to continue offering free programs and services for transplant recipients, living donors, patients and their families, and healthcare professionals throughout Wisconsin.


Heart and Soul
The dancer whose participation throughout the competition has shown spirit and true dedication to organ, tissue, and eye donation as determined by NKFW

People’s Choice
The dancer with the most votes/money raised will be awarded the People’s Choice award

Champion Awards
Our two Fred Astaire Studios guest judges will determine the Second Runner Up, First Runner Up and Champion winners

Meet the 2016 Spotlight Dancers

image of spotlight bio of Beth Hubert
image of spotlight bio of Carmen Villanueva
image of spotlight bio of Jack Kleinman
image of spotlight bio of Julie Nygaard
image of spotlight bio of Kathy Schultz
image of spotlight bio of Miranda Zuhlke
image of spotlight bio of Steve Pazynski
image of spotlight bio of Tom Engelbrecht
image of spotlight bio of Kathleen Uy

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2016 Event Sponsors


image of Adel B. Korkor, MD, Legacy of Life Partner
image of logo of Aurora Health Care, Legacy of Life Partner
logo for United Healthcare Smartphone Voting

Champion Awards

logo for the Blood Center of Wisconsin
logo of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
logo for the Lions Eye Bank
logo for Milwaukee Nephrologists
logo for RTI Donor Services
logo for UW Health Transplant Program
logo for UW Organ and Tissue Donation
logo for Joe Weirich & RBC Wealth Management
logo for Marcus Hotels & Resorts Champion Awards
logo for Curt Elliott
logo for Fred Astaire Dance Studios
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  • Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Mary Braband

Past Events

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Spotlight Dancers!

1st Place:  Brenda Knighton, RTI Donor Services
2nd Place:  James Anderson, UW Organ & Tissue Donation
3rd Place:  Anne Krueger, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Fan Favorite:  Craig Porter, MD, representing Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Photos can be viewed online here.