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Local celebrities participate in the 'Dancing with Our Stars' event
Local celebrities participate in the 'Dancing with Our Stars' event

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CTF) -- After months of rehearsals, local “stars” will demonstrate their dance moves at the seventh annual Red Carpet for Research event "Dancing with Our Stars," on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Hosted by the Arkansas Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation, the evening will take place at the Statehouse Convention Center's Governors Hall IV located at 101 East Markham Street in Little Rock and will raise funds for the Children's Tumor Foundation. “Our Stars” are community leaders that will be paired with local dance instructors to compete for one of two coveted mirror ball trophies. Attendees can vote online ahead of the event at http://grow.ctf.org/RedCarpet2014Voting or in person. The evening will include complimentary pictures on the red carpet, a reception, a seated dinner, and dancing.

Two Arkansas Chapter Advisory Board Members will serve as Masters of Ceremony, Melissa Thoma, a former "Star," and Rick Fleetwood, last year’s winner of the championship mirror ball trophy. This year's "Dancing with Our Stars" lineup includes Vincent Insalaco, III, a community service volunteer; Paul H. Phillips, M.D. of the Pediatric Neuro-Ophthalmology department of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Jones Eye Institute; Thomas Blackmon, President of Blackmon Auctions; Gloria Redman, a community volunteer; Dawn Scott, the Emmy award-winning Evening Anchor of KTHV Channel 11; and LeAnn Wolf, Owner of Mind Over Matter Organizing and a community volunteer. The stars will be paired with community dance instructors from Beyond Ballroom, Dance Time with Monika, Fred Astaire, Let’s Dance Studio, as well as independent instructors Samy Rash and Lisa Harper.

Online voting is now open. Supporters can vote for their favorite dancers any time before the event or in person on the night of the gala. For more information, please visit www.ctfarkansas.org.

When asked why she got involved in the "Dancing with Our Stars" event, Dawn Scott said, "That’s easy, because it helps the children and families who need it most. These kids have suffered and endured beyond what most of us can imagine. Dancing for a minute or two (no matter how I look!) to make their lives a little easier is absolutely worth it. There are people living in my community who are suffering and that motivates me to help however I can."

Thomas Blackmon agreed with Scott and said, "I was honored to be asked to participate in this event that raises money for a great organization and a cause that affects so many children and adults. I cannot say no to a child in need. When you think you are having a bad day, I encourage you to take a walk through the halls of a children’s hospital and your perspective will be put in the correct place."

The mission of the Children’s Tumor Foundation is to end NF through research and raise awareness of the disorder through community events and a nationwide network of NF Clinics. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. It affects millions of people worldwide and may arise in any family regardless of gender, race, or ethnic origin. Even though one in every 3,000 people has neurofibromatosis, NF is under-recognized and under-diagnosed. 

(Source: Children's Tumor Foundation)