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 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. 9 gala, in addition to soliciting contributions + votes prior to the event.
Ted Mullenix – Owner, Mullenix & Associates
Dancing with Maddie Arancibia
“I am honored to have been asked to be a part of Dancing with the Stars, 2021 benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation! This is always a fun evening, filled with the spirit of helping this wonderful organization as everyone competes for the winning spot”
Ted grew up in small-town where his mother and father were community leaders, devoted Christians and great parents. They were both musically talented and some of his most fond memories are singing with them at home and in church. Later in life, when Ted moved to Hot Springs, he began to perform at local music venues. In 1983, he opened the first live music and comedy stage show in Hot Springs. For almost 25 years, the Music Mountain Jamboree Show entertained people from all 50 states and many foreign countries.
Ted was elected to the state legislature in 1983 to represent the people of Garland County and the wonderful people of the state of Arkansas. He was re-elected to serve seven additional terms, a total of 16 years. Following his service in the legislature, Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Ted to serve on the Arkansas Parks & Tourism Commission. He also served on the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
A love for Arkansas politics led him and his wife Julie to establish a government relations consulting firm, Mullenix & Associates, to help businesses and organizations with issues before the state legislature. They have been blessed with the many friendships formed through their work over the years. Mullenix & Associates has had the honor of being named as one the top lobbying firms in Arkansas since it was established in 1999.
“Now… Can I dance? Not sure…That’s the fun part for all to see when you attend or watch online! Keeping our eyes on the real purpose for all this, I really need your help to raise some serious dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation!”
In his own words…
Why did you chose to participate as a Star in the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s Dancing with Our Stars event?
Julie and I have participated with contributions to CTF for several years. We hope my participation will enhance what we have been able to do in past years.
What is something that has surprised you in preparation for the big event?
The amount of time needed to choose music, prepare and practice.
What is your biggest performance fear?
I don’t want to disappoint CTF staff or the wonderful friends who will be sponsoring me this year.