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November 2018

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Jewelry: Jones & Son Bridal & Diamond Fine Jewelry

MAIN eveNts 18 ArKANsAs FederAL CredIt UNION

10 SpectacUALR Outstanding Coporation
12 Festival of Wines
34 Blue Plate Special 20 dIANA sMItHsON
36 AR Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch Award Dinner
38 Once Upon A Time Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
66 The Soul of Arkansas Reception
22 KAtHI JONes
Lifetime Achievement Award
54 Arts Center Reception
55 Pink Party 24 tHeA FOUNdAtION
56 The Call Banquet
57 Little Rock Cosmetic Surgery Center Outstanding Foundation
61 JLLR Fall Fiesta
67 Out for Life Awards Banquet 26 FrIeNds OF OZArK MIssION prOJeCt
68 Emergent Arts Reception
70 Harvest Nights Outstanding Volunteer Organization
72 Art of Wine
73 ACCESS Donor Jubilee 28 ANNe MArIe COY

COver Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser


Outstanding Fundraising President’s Award
33 Hs HeArt BALL sWeetHeArt prOGrAM
Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group
52 esse pUrse MUseUM
Outstanding Philanthropists
Anita Davis
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Michele Towne
[email protected]

Kim Meyer-Webb
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Ellen Scruggs

Shelly Chapel
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Annie St. Pierre
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Matmon Internet, Inc.

Kim Meyer-Webb, Michele Towne, Annie St. Pierre, Shelly Chapel PHOTOGRAPHERS
Sarah Oden
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put Rett Peek
together that overwhelm the world.” - Desmond Tutu Lori Sparkman Photography

H e believed that equality and dignity are of a brighter future and a shared responsibility CONTRIBUTORSARE YOU?
intrinsic human rights, and Desmond Tutu to make it happen. Kelly Fleming’s work at the Alexis Nalley
devoted his life to these values – cultivating Arkansas Arts Center brings art appreciation to rural Brad Hudgens
conversations about peace and the connectedness communities and Thea Foundation helps advance Renarda A. Williams
of all people. He recognized storytelling as a the arts in education - enlightening minds + spirits.
compelling tool to transform hearts and minds, Ginny & Bob Shell’s contributions span the decades FOLLOW US ON
creating similarities that overcome cultural while Anne Marie took a simple idea – collecting
boundaries. change – and became a valuable agent of change, @invitingar
combatting food insecurity throughout Arkansas. @invitingar
Each year, the Arkansas Chapter of the Association Proof that every gesture of generosity is significant.
of Fundraising Professionals celebrates individuals, inAND OUR BLOG
corporations and organizations that exemplify The art of giving is timeless – it’s meaningful and it’s
this kind of courageous citizenship. There’s FUN! INVITINGARKANSAS.COM/BLOG
always a sense of hope that doing a “little bit of
good” can “overwhelm the world” at the annual Are you IN?_ INVITINGARKANSAS.COM
National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Guests leave
empowered by examples of extraordinary civic Kim Meyer-Webb, Editor
leadership and confident that every little bit of [email protected]
goodness makes a difference.

These stories continue to impress the importance of
compassion + humility as an integral component of
The Natural State. Each one inspires the possibility

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Alfred Williams, Elaine Eubank Bridgette Norwood, Emelie Blennow Greg, Peggy and Dora Jane Flesher, Laura & Wendy Trozzi, Lisa & Chasse Conque
Jeff Hathaway

Terry Prentice, Mica Strother Ed Penick, Anne Mourning, Ed Willis, Cydney Smith, Chuck & Terri Erwin, Sandra & Bob Connor Mark & Angela Waldrip
Kevin & Cathy Crass Stephen Chaf n


The 10th annual SpectacUALR event, hosted at the Jack
Stephens Center, celebrated the continued success of the
UA Little Rock athletic department. Honorees Kevin & Cathy
Crass, along with UA Little Rock Chancellor Dr. Andrew
Rogerson and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque, welcomed
guests to an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. Proceeds
from this event support the 14 Trojan athletic programs,
bene tting the nearly 200 University of Arkansas at Little
Rock student-athletes.

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Nikola Maric, Damir Hadzic, TJ Curtis II, Horace Wyatt, Darrell Walker, Jazec
Lottie, Markquis Nowell, Kris Bankston

Dean Kumpuris, Joel Anderson Barbara & Mack Moore Christian O’Neal, Janessa & Andrew Rogerson Chris & Joe Foley

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LaShawn & Morris Kelley Barry & Heidi Brandt Christa Kauffman, Bobbie Legget, Angie Wilson, Joelle Cotros, Tammy Stafford, Gina Rafferty
Carole Dillon

Mandy & TJ Lawhon Mark Conine, Holly & Rick Dewese John Holtam, Jean McSweeney, Gina Martin, Amy Bell, Brittany Harris
Brad Johnson Bobby Whitfield, Laurie Lamb

Festival oF Wines

Chaired by Cindle and Ryan Meyer, this year’s Festival of
Wines featured hundreds of wines from around the world, fare
from more than 17 local restaurants, and silent and premier
auction at the Dickey-Stephens Park. Presented by Arkansas
Heart Hospital, with Moon and Central Distributors serving
as Wine Sponsor, the event is touted as the largest wine
festival in the state. All proceeds support the American Heart
Association medical research and education.

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Mickey Nottingham, Tammy Quick Cindle & Ryan Meyer

Lauren & Clayton Booth Drew & Korey Jackson Erin Lewis, Kelly Comer, Grace Roberts Scott & Kimberly Huff, Melinda Strickland

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Association ofThank You to Our Underwriting Sponsors
Special Thanks to: Embassy Suites, The Heritage Company and Inviting Arkansas

Fundraising Professionals

Each year, the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrates National Philanthropy Day with the
individuals, corporations, and organizations that lead our collective efforts of building a better future for Central Arkansas.

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

Kelly Fleming

Outstanding Philanthropist

Ginny & Bob Shell

Outstanding Corporation

Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Diana Smithson

AFP Arkansas Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathi Jones

Outstanding Foundation

Thea Foundation

Outstanding Volunteer Organization

Friends of Ozark Mission Project

Outstanding Volunteer Youth Fundraiser

Anne Marie Coy

President’s Award

Inviting Arkansas

Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group

Hot Springs Heart Ball Sweetheart Program

Whether it’s the youthful philanthropic spirit of the Hot Springs Heart Ball Sweetheart Program or the well-established
support of Thea Foundation, this year’s award recipients exemplify the essence of a generous community.
Their benevolence supports organizations that improve and enrich the lives of all Arkansans.
For ticket information, contact Kerina Goucher at [email protected] or 501-517-5794

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Kelly Fleming

Outstanding Fundraising Professional

As director of development for the Arkansas Arts center, Kelly Fleming continues to exceed expectations. Fiscal
accomplishments include surpassing annual goals of approximately $2 million in gifts each year of her tenure; meeting
or exceeding additional special event goals, including the re-launch of the Beaux Arts Ball and the 25th celebration of
tabriz. she established the townsend Wolfe society, in honor of the legendary director and chief curator, which has an
estimated $2 million in planned gifts. Her role at the Arts center spans beyond generating continued support; Kelly is
an integral part of the visionary team that completed its strategic plan, its reaccreditation, and its aggressive building
project and capital campaign.

But that's no surprise. More than 30 years ago, when Kelly arrived in the capital city, she went to work for the
Arkansas repertory theatre and Heifer international. At the former, she hired and worked alongside counsel during the
successful $6 million capital campaign, which allowed for the facility's renovation. At the latter, Kelly was part of the
team that helped grow the endowment by 17 percent per year and surpass the $50 million mark.

As an Association of Fundraising Professionals member, Kelly recognizes the importance of civic leadership and
volunteerism. she has conducted fundraising and leadership workshops for the Arkansas Arts council, the Arkansas
Museum Association and more. she and her husband shannon, also a fundraiser, have pledged planned gifts to current
employers, the Arts center and UAMs. Kelly also has a 27-year-old daughter, drew elizabeth Ford, who is learning the
power of philanthropy from her mother’s example.

“Be generous in spirit,” Kelly urges. “We are part of a bigger world. We have a responsibility to share our corner of it
in a respectful way, with a generous spirit toward our fellow travelers.”

By renArdA A. WilliAMs
Photography by rett PeeK

“Be genesropusiinrit.” | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 15

Ginny & Bob Shell

Outstanding BoB Shell, chairman emeritus of Baldwin with dementia.
Philanthropists & Shell Construction Co., grew up in a hard Family values are paramount to the Shells. As
working family where faith was instilled in him. a volunteer at Alzheimer’s Arkansas, Bob creat-
By RenARDA A. WIllIAmS Giving back to his faith, to his family and to ed the Family Assistance Program to financially
Photography by ReTT PeeK Arkansas remains his mission. “God has blessed support caregivers outside Carelink’s region
us in many ways and we decided to give gifts for respite care, safety home improvement and
Makeup by Thunder Crump with Face Your Day Salon on a larger scale that help the community,” Bob other needs. “I’ve witnessed Bob’s gift giving
16 | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | notes. when he thought he was making a gift anon-
Bob and his wife, Ginny, have always had gen- ymously, although I would never reveal his
erous spirits, particularly in the fields of educa- name,” notes Alzheimer’s Arkansas Director of
tion and healthcare. They have made numerous Development Carrie Wilson.
significant gifts to Baptist health - establishing As an iconic civic leader and businessman,
the Ginny and Bob Shell Alzheimer’s Center, Bob continues to encourage colleagues to make
purchasing the first robotics surgical center at contributions within their community. “God
Baptist health, naming the Ginny Shell Cafete- has been true to his word because the more we
ria at Baptist health and endowing a financial gave, the more he provided,” Bob explains. “We
assistance program for caregivers of loved ones intend to keep giving in the future.” | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 17

Rodney Showmar

for Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Outstanding For decades, arkansas Federal credit Union related committees. It’s simply a part of company
Corporation has played a pivotal role in communities through culture. “credit unions started as an altruistic endeavor
volunteerism, employee engagement, sponsorships that solved a financial problem for people who were not
By renarda a. WIllIaMs and donations. Their contributions have exceeded $2.5 served by traditional credit resources while at the same
Photography by reTT PeeK million to local charities. time supporting growth, investment and opportunities
for communities,” notes President & ceo rodney
18 | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | Through its charity of choice Program, aFcU showmar. “It’s a natural extension for us to continue that
supports seven primary organizations: the american community-focused effort in the form of philanthropy
Heart association, arkansas children’s Hospital, and volunteerism.”
alzheimer’s arkansas, carTI, Juvenile diabetes
research Foundation, ronald Mcdonald House charities The credit union selected the primary organizations
of arkansas and the University of arkansas for Medical with consideration and focus on health-related issues
sciences Winthrop P. rockefeller cancer Institute. representing five of the top seven leading causes of
This year, the credit union forecasts nearly $30,000 death in america. This enables aFcU to have the
through employee payroll deductions in support of greatest impact, helping bring treatments and, it’s hoped,
these organizations – not including fundraisers, member cures for these issues. It benefits our employees, our
donations or corporate sponsorships. customers, and everyone in our communities, the state
and the world,” explains rodney. “It’s a win-win.”
every executive at aFcU fulfills civic leadership
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Diana Smithson

Outstanding Volunteer
Her community service and civic leadership Women and children First, for which she is board
By renArDA A. WiLLiAmS spans nearly two decades. Diana Smithson has chair-elect, and the American Heart Association. Diana
Photography by rett PeeK generated more than $1,570,000 for central Arkansas has supported so many organizations and fundraisers
nonprofit organizations … proof that she’s passionate that she has developed a loyal group of friends — her
Hair by Haydon Howard with Face Your Day Salon about improving lives in Little rock. “mobile committee” — that help her with projects.
Makeup by Aaron Perkins with Face Your Day Salon
20 | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | one of the beneficiaries of Diana’s devotion is ronald “there is no one more driven, more dedicated,
mcDonald House charities of Arkansas. She currently more hard working, and more passionate than Diana
serves as chairman of the board of directors and has Smithson. She is absolutely the first person to solicit,
served as chairman of the agency’s annual fundraiser, to sign up, to donate, to recruit, to encourage, and to
chocolate Fantasy Ball, twice - at which more than help wherever needed. Diana is a difference-maker,
$500,000 was raised to support families of critically and for that all of us at ronald mcDonald House are
ill children. Diana has helped with the ball’s planning eternally grateful,” adds executive Director ronald
committee for nine years - providing sponsorship mcDonald House charities of Arkansas Janell mason.
and auction support, community engagement, event
coordination and recruiting volunteers. As the mother of an adopted teenage daughter,
Diana believes in leading by example and hopes to
in addition to her professional commitment at iberia instill the spirit of volunteerism in her daughter and
Bank, Diana serves on two other board of directors: other Arkansas youth. | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 21

Kathi Jones Hair by Haydon Howard with Face Your Day Salon
Lifetime Achievement Award Makeup by Cassie Oaks with Face Your Day Salon

By RenaRDa a. WiLLiaMS

Photography by Rett PeeK

When Kathi Jones retired last
spring from her position as president of
the CaRti Foundation, the foundation
had concluded a successful $11 million
dollar capital campaign in support of the
statewide CaRti Cancer Center.
Kathi’s tenure at CaRti was the
highlight of her three decades in
development for several organizations
in Central arkansas. Prior to joining
CaRti in 2006, Kathi worked with two
arkansas behavioral healthcare organiza-
tions - Centers for Youth & Families and
Youth home. in addition, she created an
arkansas advisory board and strategic
programming while at Winrock inter-
national and served as executive director
of the aRC of arkansas. at the CaRti
Foundation, Kathi and her team secured
critical funding for patient services, pro-
grams and equipment at CaRti.
her civic leadership includes a 20-year
membership in the Rotary Club of Little
Rock and service on the Quapaw Quarter
association Board of Directors. Kathi
joined the association of Fundraising
Professionals in 1992 and fulfilled sev-
eral roles, including president. She was
named the organization’s “Outstanding
Fundraising executive” in 2000.
Kathi was born and raised in Milwau-
kee, Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor
of arts degree in political science from
Florida atlantic University. She began
her career in political organizing and
fundraising - working around the coun-
try on a presidential campaign followed
by five years as executive director of the
Florida Democratic Party.

as she reflects on her career, she notes,
“Working with our CaRti volun-
teer campaign cabinet and the CaRti
Foundation staff to achieve our goal
was a wonderful experience. it was so
gratifying when donors recognized the
importance of this project and made
special gifts toward its fruition. Watch-
ing patients experience and receive
treatment, in this wonderful new center,
was amazing. it made me realize how,
through fundraising, we are truly help-
ing people.”

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Paul Leopoulos

for Thea Foundation
Outstanding Foundation

By renarDa a. WilliaMS
Photography by reTT PeeK

For nearly two decades, Thea Foundation has technique training for public school educators. nick leopoulos, Stacey Bowers, nancy Martin and
cultivated the education through strategic partnerships as Thea Foundation continues its advocacy work Jennifer owens, who give so much of themselves and
and true tenacity. after the untimely death of their in arkansas, its results are measurable - 17 arkansas treat their jobs as an extremely high priority in their
daughter, linda and Paul leopoulos established the public and charter schools have adopted the Thea lives. The Board of Directors and linda and i love
Thea Foundation to provide the “Thea experience” Foundation arts-integrated, whole-school reform and respect them all.”
to arkansas students. “We learned after losing our model, arkansas a+ Schools. Paul insists it’s the
daughter Thea, that her participation in the arts had a dedication of his small but mighty team that makes
direct relationship to her confidence as it did with both the work possible. “The fact is that our staff has
of our sons. The more we learned about the high- the most amazing attitude and is so dedicated to the
impact of using the arts and creativity in our schools to vision and mission of our foundation. in a way it is so
impact students no matter what their interests or their surprising to me to find individuals this capable and
path could have it occurred to us that if we did a good motivated. The foundation is totally blessed to have
job to help people understand what we now understand
that it could make a huge difference in our community.
So passing this concept forward that we learn from our
children’s experiences seemed like the right thing to do,”
Paul notes. 1

Currently, Thea Foundation focuses on three main

Thea SCholarShiPS
These scholarships are awarded annually to young
arkansans and based solely on talent. Scholarships
are often matched by almost every 4-year college and
many 2-year colleges in arkansas. To date, arkansas
students have received more than $2.3 million in
Thea Scholarships.

Thea’S arT CloSeT
Thea’s art Closet helps arkansas teachers get
supplies necessary to incorporate the arts into
classroom curriculum. This program has provided
more than $1.65 million in grants and matching
grants for arts supplies to more than 575 schools
across the state.

arTS reConSTruCTion
This program partners with cultural institutions
and arts organizations to provide new and improve
existing arts programming in arkansas schools. it
includes several elective string music programs at
elementary, middle and high schools as well as a ua
little rock partnership that provides visual arts

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Hair by Caitlin Neuwmann with Face Your Day Salon Karen & Britt Skarda
Makeup by Aaron Perkins with Face Your Day Salon for Friends of Ozark Mission Project

26 | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | Outstanding Volunteer

By rEnarDa a. WilliaMs

Photography by rETT PEEk

Ozark MissiOn Project provides
opportunities for youth groups to
engage with surrounding communities
– serving families, implementing home
improvement projects, and transforming
neighborhoods through fellowship
and camaraderie. a mission within the
arkansas area United Methodist Church,
karen and Britt skarda became involved
in OMP through their children’s camp
experiences. as senior pastor at Pulaski
Heights United Methodist Church, Britt
recognizes the importance of “sharing
the love of Christ through hands-on
involvement in the community.” He adds,
“Ozark Mission Project is a wonderful
The Friends of OMP, the auxiliary
group of Ozark Mission Project, is
comprised of volunteers that make this
work possible. This team has helped
increase the organization’s fundraising
by 800 percent in four years by hosting
fundraisers throughout the state. Devoted
volunteers, like karen and Britt, have
a network of friends and family across
arkansas willing to provide support.
karen notes, “Married 44 years now, we
have lived in several communities with
Britt serving United Methodist Churches
for 32 years.” as a result of increased
funding, Friends of OMP offers more
scholarships for camp attendance and
introduced a new elementary mission
“Our volunteers have worked more than
30,000 hours in the last year,” explains
Ozark Mission Project Executive Director
Bailey Faulkner. “Those hours represent
wheelchair ramps built for families that
are homebound. They represent youth
that were inspired to help others in our
state and bonds made for a lifetime. Our
youth come to OMP and leave wanting
to make our state a better place. We
are proud to be arkansas-based with
arkansans serving others.” | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 27

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She’S only 15 years old and a sophomore at initiative. With help from her family, she also orga- contributed to the Summer Cereal Drive.
Mount St. Mary Academy, yet Anne Marie Coy’s nized a change “count-a-thon.” Volunteers counted Anne Marie was introduced to the Arkansas
civic leadership has already impacted countless and tallied the money collected, raising more than
hungry Arkansas children, families and seniors. As $4,000 - providing more than 22,000 meals for Foodbank through a field trip and visit. She was
an ardent advocate and fundraiser for the Arkan- hungry Arkansans. impressed with the organization’s mission fulfill-
sas Foodbank, she created the Change for Change ment work and combatting food insecurity became
Campaign - collecting change during the month of In addition, Anne Marie volunteered with the her passion. her commitment to the Arkansas
February to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. Arkansas Foodbank Summer Cereal Drive. Instead Foodbank and Change for Change Campaign con-
of a summer vacation, she spent the month of June tinues as she welcomes new opportunities and ways
Anne Marie designed a campaign logo, made collecting cereal for hungry Arkansas children to improve the lives of all Arkansans.
the collection cans, contacted churches and other in communities in Central and South Arkansas.
organizations as potential distribution points, and Through encouragement and support from the Anne Marie took a simple idea - collecting change
scheduled speaking engagements to promote the community, more than 1,000 boxes of cereal were - and became a valuable change agent in her com-
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2018 National Philanthropy Day




Association of
Thank You to Our Underwriting Sponsors
ProfessionalsSpecialThanks to: Embassy Suites,The Heritage Company and InvitingArkansas

Congratulations 2018 Outstanding Honorees


EDD Taggart Architects

Bill Gray

Alzheimer’s Arkansas

Matt McLure and Philip Young

Arkansas Children’s Foundation

Enid Olvey

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch

Calvin Wright

Arkansas Tech University

LeMoyne and Jawanda Smith

Baldwin Shell

Bob and Ginny Shell


Shelia Vaught

Heifer International

Brooke Vines

Thea Foundation

Joe Griffith

United Way

Linda Barnes

Vera Lloyd and Presbyterian Village

Second Presbyterian Church

Women and Children First and Circle Communications Network

Angela McGraw

A special thanks to our sponsors

For ticket information, contact Kerina Goucher
at [email protected] or 501-517-5794

National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon
Thursday, November 15 | Embassy Suites Hotel

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AFP National Philanthropy Day President’s Award

In november 2006, AFP
outstanding Philanthropist honorees,
Linda and rush Harding, graced the first
cover of the Inviting Arkansas inaugural
Philanthropy Day issue. Thus, began
the long-enduring relationship between
Inviting Arkansas and AFP. This year
marks the 13th consecutive year the
november issue has exclusively revolved
around national Philanthropy Day.
The magazine’s mission of promoting
philanthropy and AFP annual national
Philanthropy Day celebration are a
perfect match to recognize people,
businesses and organizations that stand
out in their philanthropic works.
To date, Inviting Arkansas has
highlighted AFP national Philanthropy
Day honorees on 12 covers and published
approximately 96 stories spelling out
the contributions these honorees have so
generously bestowed on our community.
not only has the magazine promoted
AFP honorees, it also gives back to the
organization financially. The valued
amount over the past 12 years of cover
and article space, along with an annual
monetary donation, totals just under
AFP is not the only organization that
benefits from the much-anticipated
Inviting Arkansas magazine that hits
the stands the first of each month. In
any given publication, stories will be
found on missions, causes, challenges,
celebrations and successes of non-profit
organizations in the community. 4-6
organizations are highlighted each
month, and photos from a dozen or more
events fill the pages with the smiling
faces of people that support these events.
These stories and photos help raise
awareness about the organizations and
their missions and have turned many
fundraisers from small, to big, to huge
Inviting Arkansas has made a huge
impact in Central Arkansas by
promoting non-profits, the philanthropic
people who give of their time, talent and
treasure to support these non-profits,
and the professionals who work to fulfill
missions that are close to their hearts.
To quote the magazine’s founder michele
Towne, “As long as nonprofits continue
to need us, and I think they will, we’ll
continue to do it.”
By DebbIe GroomS,

AFP Ar Chapter President

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Kathryn Russell

for Hot Springs Heart Ball
Sweetheart Program

Outstanding Volunteer

Youth Group

By rENArDA A. WilliAMS

Photography by rEtt PEEK

A criticAl component of creating
stronger communities is cultivating the
next generation of philanthropists. the
Hot Springs Heart Ball Sweetheart
Program, an annual program associated
with the American Heart Association, is
doing that very thing.
comprised of high school young ladies
in their sophomore and junior year, the
Sweethearts are committed to learning
about cardiovascular diseases and leading
healthier lifestyles. the class of 2017-2018
included 39 Sweethearts and generated
a record-breaking $63,102 towards the
association’s fundraising efforts.
Kathryn and Paul russell established the
program 12 years ago in memory of their
daughter, caroline, who died at the age
of 2 from an undetected heart condition.
“We are so proud of the young ladies who
have made commitments to both their
personal heart health and to become life-
long ambassadors for the American Heart
Association,” notes Kathryn. “the skills
and information that they learn during this
program last a lifetime and contribute not
only to their own health, but also to the
health of their families and friends.”
throughout the year, the Sweethearts
participate in educational and heart-healthy
activities, and write essays about cardio-
vascular disease. the program culminates
with the introduction of the Sweethearts
at the AHA Heart Ball. this year, Jessi-
ca Jennings was recognized as the 2018
Sweetheart of the Ball for demonstrating
dedication to the program and the most
knowledge of cardiovascular disease.
Jessica received the $2,000 caroline Grace
russell Memorial Scholarship and custom
Sweetheart Jewelry designed by
lauray’s—the Diamond center. “Every
year these young ladies dedicate so much
time and effort into learning more about
heart disease,” says Director of com-
munications & Marketing National Park
Medical center Heather Buckley. “Many
young women leave this program with a
passion for healthcare, with many going
into nursing school, radiology programs
and even some in medical school.” | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 | 33

Bernadette Messina, Joe Griffith Bob Harrison, Betty Brinkley-Harrison Nancy Steenburgen, Gert Clark, Annie Hatle Julie Tabor, Ryan Miller, Jennifer Owens, Cheryl Owens

Janet Davis, Linda Lev Linda Leopoulos, Mark Roberts, Paul Leopoulos Linda Palmer, Scot Key, Dorothy Morris Kevin Kresse, Matcha Norwood
Mark & Krysten Levin Michelle Browning, Nick Leopoulos
blue plate special Rusty Guerra, Wendy See

This year’s event at the Capital Hotel featured 10 renowned
Arkansas chefs and two master mixologists. Presented by
Malvern National Bank, Chairman Rusty Mathis welcomed
friends and patrons of Thea Foundation for an evening of
gourmet bites and signature cocktails. Guests enjoyed the
opportunity to celebrate and sample the culinary talents of
Arkansans, recognize the importance of arts education across
the state and support the continued mission fulfillment work
of Thea Foundation – which advances the important role art in
education plays in lives of young people.

Don’t see your photo?

Bill Watt, Wendy Trozzi Manley Clark, Christian McDannold John & Kay Smith, Joe Thomason, Cindy Pickett Chris & Lori Schaffhauser

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Barbara Fincher, Terrie Turner Cindy & TJ Boyle Asad Ayub, Hayden Thrasher, Andy Bingham, Calvin Wright, Amy Hodges, Matt Cleveland
Justin McCarty

Dylan & Rob Saettele Catherine Johnson, Paul & Linda Leopoulos Courtney Pledger, Ray Dillon, Dorothy Morris Rodney Wright, Temeeka Steward

ar sheriffs’ youth ranch
award dinner

Hosted at the Embassy Suites, the 23rd annual Arkansas
Children’s Award Dinner honored Dorothy Morris for her
outstanding contributions to create better opportunities
for Arkansas’ youth. Guests enjoyed dinner, a silent auction
and an award presentation ceremony. Proceeds support the
programs and mission fulfillment work of Arkansas Sheriffs’
Youth Ranches – preventing child abuse and creating safe,
healthy and permanent homes for children.

Don’t see your photo?

Longhua Xu, Barbara Dodge Scott Bradley, Mike Loe, Mike Holiday, Phil Reynolds, Jeff Yates,
David Carter, Terry Miller

Linda Palmer, Leila Dodge Ginger Beebee, Ellon Cockrill TJ Griffith, Shunying Xu, JoAnn Mangione Mary Zunick, Belle & Robert Neilson, Scot Key

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Eric & Kristen Searls Alan Lee, Angela Stroud Shawn & Alicia McCoy, Suzanne & Bill Yee Michael & Megan Ruffin, Amy & Chad Green

Tommy Norman, Rosalynd Guiden Chris Thesping, Juila Napolitano, Jerry Bailey John & Jo Keith, Courtney & Garrett Otts David & Tracye Watt

Jane Carfagno, Reed Chandler Once UpOn A Time Casey Melton, Blake Landers Lisa & TR McClellan

Guests were welcomed to the Robinson Center for this annual
celebration of an Arkansas fairy tale – helping those with
disabilities live without boundaries. The evening included live
entertainment by The Goat Band, a special dessert created by
Flavours, and both silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit
United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas and its mission fulfillment of
advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship
for people with disabilities.

Don’t see your photo?

Debra Anderson, Theo Williams Jason Eddy, Amy Martin Josh & Brandi Childress, Amy & Ryan Friedman John Harren, Tim Maddox

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1 pm
Little Rock Marriott | 3 Statehouse Plaza


The Leadership in Free Enterprise Award Economics Arkansas is a private,
will be presented to nonprofit educational organization
committed to promoting economic
Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc. literacy to PreK-12 students in Arkansas.
Join us to celebrate this

champion of free enterprise,
businessman, philanthropist

and visionary of video series.

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this season’s parties = more than the LBD

Photography by SARAH ODEN

NICK NATALI with The Agency

Hair by HAYDON HOWARD with Face Your Day Salon

Makeup by AARON PERKINS with Face Your Day Salon

Shot on location at Riviera Condominiums



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Ciao Bella

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Accessory GAllery
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The perfect selection of items to

GGIFUTIDEgive + get this holiday season
Photography by SARAH ODEN

Box Turtle Gearhead Outfitters
Local Artist Julie Holt Trees Warm & Cozy
2616 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock 17821 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock
501.661.1167| 501.817.3913 |

Fresh ID
Monogrammable Totes
5914 R St, Little Rock

Haus Werk Bella Boutique Junior League of Little Rock
Bed Stu Boots Julie Vos Bracelets Recipes for Every Season
2923 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock 5623 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock
501.663.5251 | 501.603.5373 401 Scott St, Little Rock
501.375.5557 |

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Museum of Discovery
Gifts for All Ages
500 President Clinton Ave,
Little Rock

J Duke & Co.
Hog Wild
11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Little Rock
501.219.2040 |

Eggshells Pout
Holiday Essentials Fall Asleep Faster
25501 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock 11525 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock
501.664.6900 501.224.8222
Tipton Hurst
Juliska Forest Walk, Dinnerware
1801 N Grant St, Little Rock
501.666.3333 |

The Villa The Robust Olive
UNO de 50 Handmade Jewlery from Spain More Than Just Olive Oil
11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Little Rock
110 Central Ave, Hot Springs 501.379.8399 |
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hope to add
some dazzle to
your holiday




IT’S FALL y’all, so it won’t be long before the each improves food
hunt for great holiday gifts is here! For shoppers chances of and shopping for a
who love endless options, Conway Regional Health taking home great cause,” Shelia states.
Foundation’s Dazzle Daze shopping extravaganza is a huge prize. This
the perfect event! year’s grand prize is a 2018 Ford Mustang All proceeds from Dazzle Daze help purchase new
EcoBoost Coupe. Other raffle items include a Louis technology for Conway Regional Health System and
For nearly two decades, the Conway Regional Vuitton satchel, a diamond pendant, a Traeger have contributed toward the addition of items such
Women’s Council has recruited state and regional wood-fired grill and gift certificate for meat, and a as 3D breast imaging technology in the past. Amy
vendors that offer a variety of merchandise to $1,000 gift certificate for furniture. explains, “It feels good to know that a portion of my
Central Arkansas shoppers looking for something purchasing dollars goes to support the health needs
unique for friends and loved ones. This year Dazzle All shoppers are entered into the drawing for some of women in our community.” Between festivities,
Daze, hosted by Amy Reed and Shelia Isby, takes noteworthy door prizes and additional tickets may fellowship, and holiday giving this is an event you
place Nov. 15-17 at the Conway Expo Center and be purchased. Door prize winners are announced can not miss!
features almost 100 vendors. throughout the three-day event.
For information tickets, special events and how
“Dazzle Daze is one of those events that you make Special events throughout Dazzle Daze include a to put some dazzle in your holiday shopping, visit
sure is on your calendar every year,” says Amy Reed. visit from Santa who takes pictures with kids in his
“Whether you’re a newcomer, or veteran of this workshop; a Teddy Bear Clinic for stuffed animals
event, you’ll find something that will give you as who need a check-up; a Girls’ Nite Out shopping
much joy to give, as it is to receive.” preview - which is Amy’s and Shelia’s favorite event.
“It’s exciting and I love seeing all the women and
Big-ticket raffle items add appeal and excitement, their friends coming together for an evening of fun,
and the sale of only 500 raffle tickets priced at $100

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