Ray More Scholarship Fund
The Ray Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in spring of 2005 by the children of Ray Moore. Ray was a life member of the Western Arkansas Ballet Board of Directors and performed almost yearly as Drosselmeyer in the annual production of The Nutcracker. Much to his own heartbreak, he missed the 1997 and 2004 productions because of his health.
Mr. Moore grew up in Fort Smith and lost his parents at an early age. He was a graduate of Fort Smith High School class of 1955. At the time of his death, March 26, 2005, he was self-employed as a Public Records Researcher. Mr. Moore was also an Army veteran; a member of Miss Laura’s Players and was active in The Fort Smith Little Theatre.
He attributed many of the things he was able to do to the generosity of people in this community. Those who knew him know that he loved to entertain people of all ages but he especially loved children. At his request, the fund was established to help children ages 5 to 9 to be able to participate in dance that might not otherwise be able to participate because of financial reasons. Tuition, leotards, and shoes can be covered at the discretion of the Scholarship board. Western Arkansas Ballet is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.