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8th Annual Dancing With Our Stars Benefit Crowns New Champion, Raised over $170,000

By November 10, 2015February 27th, 2024Special Events, Ways to Give

After months of rehearsals, local Arkansas celebrities demonstrated their dance moves at the eighth annual Red Carpet for Research event “Dancing with Our Stars,” on Thursday, September 10, 2015! Hosted by the Arkansas Chapter of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the evening set a record for attendance and support, over 400 guests helped raise over $170,000 for NF research!

These stars, community leaders who were paired with local dance instructors, competed for one of two coveted mirror ball trophies and bragging rights. This year’s lineup includes (left to right) Sarah Wengel, daughter of the Governor and First Lady of Arkansas; Nick Copas, vice president at Baldwin & Shell Construction Company; Natalie Rockefeller, philanthropist and volunteer; Dr. Clea Hupp, Chair of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock History Department; Kirk Bradshaw, financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments; and Matt Mershon, general assignment reporter at KATV Channel 7.

NF Hero Myleigh and her family were presented the “NF Courage Award.” This award recognizes a local family dedicated to advancing our mission to end neurofibromatosis thru their fundraising efforts and raising NF awareness in the community. Left, Myleigh pictured with Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Rick Fleetwood, 2013 Dancing With Our Stars mirror ball trophy winner, Arkansas Chapter Advisory Board Member and one of the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, presented Natalie Rockefeller with her 2015 mirror ball trophy.

The evening also raised $30,000 for the NF Camp program, which will enable the Foundation to send 30 young adults to Camp K in Utah next summer.

Following the NF Camp presentation, the entire crowd celebrated by “calling the Hogs,” an Arkansas tradition of cheering the local college football team, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

At the end of a fun and successful evening, Kirk Bradshaw celebrated the wins of Clea Hupp (L) and Natalie Rockefeller (R).