Children with cancer are smiling today at a Flashes of Hope shoots. Our dedicated volunteer chapter directors coordinate photo shoots within the nation's top hospitals and at special events for children with cancer. Whether photographing one child isolated in a bone marrow unit or a hundred kids having fun at summer camp, it's an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
Mary Morgan Ketchel is a native of Nashville, and a graduate of the Harpeth Hall School. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, and started her career in the Washington, DC office of US Senator Bill Frist. During her time in Washington, Mary Morgan earned a graduate certificate in Event Management from George Washington University. Paul and Mary Morgan met in the Senate and have been married for 18 years. Their two children Jack (11) and Chase (10) are in fifth and fourth grade at Oak Hill School.
Mary Morgan has developed her creative side by contributing to several lifestyle publications, and operating a small business, offering decorating and staging services. Mary Morgan currently uses her talents as a volunteer for several non-profits. For almost two decades she has been involved with Friends of Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Mary Morgan also enjoys supporting the strong and growing arts community in Middle Tennessee. In 2016 she co-chaired Nashville Ballet’s 30th anniversary Ballet Ball which was the largest and most financially successful Ballet Ball to date. She oversaw the first televised production of the ballet ball. Mary Morgan currently serves on the Nashville Ballet board. In 2017 she worked with Oz Arts to plan their second annual "Conversations". Mary Morgan brought area philanthropists together for the "Real Social Media" event, which recognized local publications for excellence in social and charitable event coverage. The event benefiting Belmont Mansion was Belmont’s largest and most lively! She is a member of Cheekwood's Swan Ball Committee, as co-chair of security, and has co-chaired both the Swan Song and Swan Sale committees. She co- chaired Wine and Wildflowers, was on the committee that developed Hyballs and Hydrangeas, and chaired two years of Cheekwood’s Breakfast With Santa. She is a sustaining member of Junior League of Nashville where she served as a council member and as co-chairman of JLN's Celebrity Tour of Kitchens. For the Nashville Symphony she has served on Ball committees, and was co-chair of the the Symphony Guild fashion show. Mary Morgan has co-chaired the Harvest Moon Ball for Second Harvest, is currently serving on a fundraising committee for the McNeilly Center, and has served on many other non-profit event committees. She has used her time and energy to support the local Chi Omega Alumni chapter. She is an active parent volunteer at the Oak Hill School, and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, in Nashville.
Mary Morgan loves to say thank you and to give back! She is honored to support and participate in the vibrant growth of our community.
The children often request to be photographed with special friends – in this case a stuffed bunny. Children are also photographed with parents, siblings, hospital staff and even fellow patients. This sweet image was captured at All Children's Hospital in Tampa, Florida.