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 is donated for grants to send Arkansas teens to the International NF Camp.
We’re putting each star in the spotlight and introducing them on our blog. They will compete at the Sept. 9 gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.
Dancing with Edgar Hall
Susie Morgan began with a highly successful career in sales and marketing, and continues to serve her community and state with her enthusiasm for philanthropy. A visionary, she is inspired by challenging goals and leads with passion in raising awareness of those causes she supports. Susie is chair of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Foundation and chaired the Miss Arkansas Golf Classic for many years. She serves on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas in a leadership role, and previously lead a successful $9 million capital campaign to build a much needed new House. Susie has served on the nonprofit boards of, and chaired highly successful fundraising events for, the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Organization, Ronald McDonald House, Heart Association, Sculpture at the River Market, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, where she continues as a Life Member of its board of directors. Susie and her husband, Charles, have three children and seven grandchildren. Together, their philanthropy continues to help make Little Rock and Arkansas a better place in which to live, work and play.
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?
I love ballroom dancing and took lessons almost 10 years ago. Michele Towne knew I liked to dance and asked me if I’d be interested. I didn’t know about the CTF event, I was interested in learning more.
What type of dance have you always wanted to learn?
My dream is to someday learn the Argentine Tango.
What is your dance claim to fame?
When I was taking lessons in 2012, I won an award as a newcomer when I danced the Rumba. I even have a trophy! I’ve always loved to dance. In fact, years ago I did a classical jazz dance to Fifth of Beethoven when I competed in the Miss Arkansas pageant.
What is your biggest performance fear?
Just hoping I keep the pace and remember the steps!