LOGAN MORRIS: Central Florida Humanitarian, Founder of ‘Dance Abilities’ For Special Needs Kids
By Maria Sonnenberg, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living // October 5, 2017
2014 Humanitarian Award Winner
ABOVE VIDEO: Logan Morris shares her special love and passion for dancing with special needs children.
Founder of ‘Dance Abilities’ For Children With Physical, Emotional and Learning Challenges
CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – Logan Morris is an excellent dancer and the young impresario generously shares her special love and passion for dancing with special needs children in her home district of Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida.
In 2012, when Morris was just 18 years old, she presented her dance studio owner Dana Parsons with her idea of the creation of a special needs dance team.
Parsons loved the idea, and shortly thereafter Morris founded her Dance Abilities Team, which is made up of a variety of children, ages 5 years and above with physical, emotional and learning challenges.
For her high school senior project, Morris got even more creative and took the initiative to raise money through soliciting sponsorships to pay for her special students’ costumes and their registration fees.
Since Morgan started her Dance Abilities Program, it has blossomed and her heartfelt contributions to her community were lauded and showcased by her town’s Mayor and City Council when they issued a special proclamation to recognize her good deeds and character.
While Morris had several options to attend college outside of Brevard, she decided to stay local to attend college so that she can continue to teach special needs children.
Her relationships with her special students made such an impact on her personally that she even changed her major to special education, to learn more about the children that she so patiently teaches.
Her special troupe has grown from 8 to 22, which demonstrates how much the program is enjoyed and respected by the community at large.
BEST BUDDIES TEAM
Logan has been dancing at one of the area’s best dance schools, Dance Mania, for over 12 years and is a state, national, and world champion.
She has been teaching and assisting for more than eight years and has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, and pom. Logan travels throughout the country to work with middle school, high school, all-star and college dance teams.
The teachers and other students called The Best Buddies Team, who assist with the Morris’s Dance Abilities Team, have also received tremendous personal growth and understanding from being involved.
“We are all much more appreciative of our time at practice and have a much better perspective on life,” says Morris.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI
Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure
CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement. Information about the hospital and hospice volunteers will be released Oct. 7.
The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created eight years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.
All 2017 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2017 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com. The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
• BCSO Animal Services
• BCSO Honor Guard
• Brevard Guardian Ad Litem
• Brevard C.A.R.E.S
• Driven by Heart (formerly Breast Friends)
• Genesis House
• Health First Foundation
• Space Coast Harley-Davidson
• Tess Brady and OASIS
• Total Home Roofing
• Rosette Brown
• Randy Coleman
• Bill Ellis
• Bjornar and Bjorg Hermansen
• Eugene Johnson
• Adrian Lafitte
• Dr. Romain Onteniente
• Valerie Paul
• Joan Thron
• Robin Whiting
• Steve Wilson
• The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Judge Dean Moxley.
HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM
“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
“For the eight consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of “Space Coast Health Week,” a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.
JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING
This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by Florida Tech, Health First, SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Brevard Geriatrics, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Rock Paper Simple, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, Friday Night Locker Room, Safari Mail House, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.
“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.
“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 2 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo.
“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
ABOVE MAP: The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.