Each year, community leaders put on their dancing shoes in hopes of winning the title that is earned at the Dancing with Our Stars Gala. All this fun and friendly competition among participants benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation and supports the Arkansas chapter’s research and mission: to end and find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue.
CTF also provides support for children and families affected by NF. A portion of the proceeds is donated for grants to send Arkansas teens to the International NF Summer Camp held at Camp Kostopulos (Camp K).
Leading up to the grand event, we’re putting each star in the spotlight and introducing them on our blog. They will compete for the dancing title and mirror ball trophy at the Sept. 8 gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.
Meet Stacey Spivey (partnered with Matt Boyce, founder at Untapped)
A 2009 graduate of Benton High School, Stacey Spivey attended Arkansas State University and earned a radio-television degree. During her tenure, she was an ASU cheerleader and member of Chi Omega and a Channel 7 intern. Her experience as intern convinced her; she wanted to come back to the number one station in the state.
Stacey comes to Little Rock from KETK (NBC) in Tyler, Texas. She began as a reporter and quickly moved to the desk as a morning anchor/co-host. She returned to KATV Channel 7 in April 2015 as a general assignment reporter.
When she’s not reporting the news – Stacey enjoys traveling, reading, sports, spending time with her family, and anything One Direction – a popular British boy band.
A result of her Chi Omega affliliation, Stacey devotes her civic leadership to the Make A Wish Foundation. She looks forward to helping even more children through this year’s Dancing with Our Stars event, and is also excited to put on her dancing shoes and go back to her performing roots.
Inviting Arkansas: Why do you choose to live and volunteer in Central Arkansas?
Stacey: I was born and raised in Central Arkansas and my family has lived in Saline County for several generations. Arkansans are my people!
IA: Type of dance you’ve always wanted to learn?
Stacey: I have always been a huge fan of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. It was my late Nannie’s favorite show and I know she would be proud that I’m participating in this. Because of that show, I’m thrilled to learn how to ballroom dance.
IA: Dance claim to fame?
Stacey: Not necessarily a dance, but more like a skill. I can still do back handsprings.
IA: Why did you agree to be a Dancing with Our Stars contestant?
Stacey: This is an incredible opportunity to not only put my dancing shoes back on and perform, but to help fellow Arkansans. The people in this state mean so much to me and coming from a family of educators I have a heart for helping children. Through this event I have the power to change a child’s life. As I learn more about the foundation, I’m more determined to help find a cure.
IA: What do you most look forward to about the evening?
Stacey: I cannot wait to get on the dance floor and show everyone what I’ve been working towards all summer.
IA: What are you nervous about?
Stacey: Raising enough money for these kids. They need our help, so please go vote for me and help an Arkansas child.