Children’s Hospital[dropcap]S[/dropcap]haron Bale, an Arkansas native, grew up in North Little Rock and attended Ouachita Baptist University, where she received a political science degree.
Bale has a heart to help others. She is involved in various organizations that have continued to impact her life: Arkansas Children’s Hospital, CARTI, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association, Easterseals of Arkansas and many more.
She continues to express her heart for philanthropic work by remaining heavily involved in various organizations throughout the Arkansas community.
Hometown: North Little Rock
First job: I taught dance in our kitchen in Hope, Arkansas, when I was 10 because I wanted a “store-bought” skirt with a “tag” in it, not a homemade one.
Favorite food: Turnip greens from Sim’s Bar-B- Que.
What word or phrase do you most overuse? “It’s a God wink” and “Every action of ours today will affect our great-great grandchildren.”
What accomplishment are you most proud of? I can’t think of anything I’ve been a part of that wouldn’t have happened without my involvement. I’m just proud to be a part of the “family of Arkansans” who know this life is not about us as individuals, but collectively as a whole.
What attracted you to your career? My ‘Bigmama,’ mother, Aunt Katie, Frances Dickerson, Beth Morris, teachers and friends’ mothers led by example of kindness, compassion and doing what was right on behalf of others. But my dream job was the TV show, The Millionaire. I wanted to give away money.
First big break: The day Hazel and Carthel Evans, my mama and dad, adopted me.
Childhood nickname: Long Tall Sally
What do you love about what you do? I love being part of a family and community who believe that we are to give as we are blessed and that I get to be involved in so many worthwhile organizations like Arkansas Children’s, Our House, CARTI, CAC, Women & Children First and all organizations that make a difference in lives, both physically and spiritually.
What living person do you most admire? There isn’t just one person I can list. I admire all the children and people who face illness and pain on a daily basis: single-parent families; every person who battles any addiction and takes steps to fight it daily; every public servant — from sanitation to teachers to firefighters, police officers and certainly our armed forces — for doing their best to keep this world safe.
What qualities do you most admire in other women? Gratitude, kindness, generosity, compassion and forgiveness of self and others.
What talent would you most like to have? The ability to express ideas and thoughts in words.
Photo by Jamison Mosley