Photography by Carper Creative Photography
Each year, community leaders wear their dancing shoes for the coveted winning title that is earned at the Dancing with Our Stars Gala. All this fun and friendly competition 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.
Children’s Tumor Foundation also provides support for children and families affected by NF. A portion of gala proceeds will support the Adult NF Clinic Pilot Program. We’re putting each star in the spotlight and introducing them on our blog. They will compete at the Sept. 8 gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.
Dawn Oakley Jones – Social Media Designer, Sissy’s Log Cabin
Dancing with Edgar Hall
Dawn Jones, a graduate from Beebe High School, attended the University of Central Arkansas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in International Economics. Dawn’s focus in international economics proved to be beneficial as she took on a position in her family’s business, Bruce Oakley, INC. In 2018 she married the love of her life, William Jones, and together they started their beautiful family. Dawn soon found herself transitioning into another family business, this time in the jewelry industry. Today, you can find her modeling extraordinary pieces for the Sissy’s Log Cabin brand and taking care of two rambunctious boys. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and shares a love for volunteerism, something near and dear to the heart of Sissy’s Log Cabin. “I’m a bushel grading, carat counting, mother of two, married to a tall glass of water that goes by the name of William Murphy Jones IV. I have no rhythm and zero dance experience, but I plan to give this my all in order to help the Children’s Tumor Foundation.”
In her own words…
Why did you chose to participate as a Star in the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s Dancing with Our Stars event?
My father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill & Sharri Jones, introduced me to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. I was approached with the opportunity, and after learning more about the foundation & their mission, I knew I couldn’t say no. I am so excited to have a small part in helping with such a wonderful cause.
What is something that has surprised you in preparation for the big event?
Part of my personal preparation for this event included learning more about the Children’s Tumor Foundation and how they help those affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF). It has been surprising to see how many resources are out there for the NF community, what research is being conducted, and how to get involved with this cause.
Biggest performance fear?
My biggest fear for event night would have to be falling during my performance. Although I am out of my comfort zone, I am ready to give my all for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.