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Published by annie, 2019-11-26 13:55:41

December 2019

December 2019

SSTTERVAEESSLE
Catholic High School
FAITH. INTEGRITY. DUTY.

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Spending a morning with Principal Steve Michele Towne
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truly takes a village to ensure that today’s editor
students are tomorrow’s visionaries. I am
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For those of you that know me, you know my boys Michele Towne, Publisher/Owner
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resource in today’s world.

I am impressed though not surprised to realize
that the classrooms at Catholic High prepare men
for nearly every path in life. We’ve highlighted a few
in this month’s issue. We are honored to celebrate
the school’s 90th anniversary and its continued
commitment to academic excellence that blends
character traits like integrity, faith and duty into its
curriculum.

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What’s SOCIAL 41 Golden Jubilee Celebration
INSIDE 42 UA Little Rock College of Business Awards Luncheon
7 Fountain Fest 42 WOWapalooza
COVER 8 Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame 43 Evening of Wishes
STORY/14 10 Festival of Wines 44 JLLR Holiday House Preview Party
11 Brewskis, Bourbon & Burgers 45 Burgers, Brats & Bluegrass
52 12 Ties that Bind 50 Denim & Diamonds
28 No Kid Hungry Dinner 50 Duck Statmp Artist Meet + Greet
29 A Night in Vegas 50 Exodus.Life Untied & Out for Life
33 Old State House Annual Supper 50 Outdoor Hall of Fame
38 Hot Springs Baron’s Ball 59 Friends of Children Luncheon
40 Crystal Bridges Reception 63 Arkansas Sheriffs’Youth Ranches
64 Tiny Hands Monster Bash
64 Cattle Baron’s Ball
64 Defenders of Potential Tailgate
65 Power of the Purse
65 Open House Preview Party

PROFILES

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Steve Straessle - Catholic High School

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Anita Middleton - Arkansas Children’s

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Nicole Darland - Little Rock Zoo

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The Opal Program - UAMS

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Marque Haupert - Hot Springs Music Festival

LIFE&BEAUTY

16 Catholic High School 90 Year Anniversary
46 Dining Review - Vault
52 Fashion - Call of the Wilderness

ON THE COVER
Steve Straessle
Photography by Rett Peek

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at least 4 weeks prior

FOUNTAIN FEST

Hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center
Contemporaries, this year’s event – at the Terry
House – celebrated the recent groundbreaking
of the reimagined Arkansas Arts Center.
Guests enjoyed music by local duo Brian
Nahlen and Jason Lee Hale as well as food +
drinks from Petit & Keet, the Chenal Country
Club, UA–Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts Institute,
Stone’s Throw Brewing, Roxor Gin and Tito’s
Handmade Vodka.

Heather Wardle, Chris Smith

Merri Chandler, Darlene Kirkpatrick

Cheri McKelvey, Kelley Cooper, Missy Penor

Michelle Kinder, Beckey Witkowski

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Amber Bagley, Steve Bingham Anna Beth & Colin Gorman Sue Frank, Charlotte Schexnayder, Ruth Hawkins Kenitra Woolfolk, Gina Moran, Meredith Johnson

Zoe Farrell, Olivia Farrell Beth Gray, Jo Luck, Paul Gray Carolyn & John Witherspoon Brenda Crites, David Gruenewald, Alice Andrews,
Keith & Allison Caldarera Julie & Joe Williams

ARKANSAS WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Marriott Hotel to
celebrate this year’s Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame inductees
– Alice Andrews, Olivia Myers Farrell, Jo Luck, Charlotte Tillar
Schexnayder, Carolyn Witherspoon, Diane Divers Blair and
Louis McPhetridge Thaden as well as the Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. Beta Pi Omega Chapter. Following the reception,
guests proceeded to the ballroom at the Statehouse Convention
Center for the induction ceremony and dinner. The Arkansas
Women’s Hall of Fame recognizes women who have contributed
to the history of Arkansas.

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Katrina Owoh, Loretta Alexander Jim & Nancy Blair

Cynthia Sims, Carolyn Blakely Elyse Collen, Mitch Bettis Jessica Ford, Ardyth Neill, Hilary Haddigan Steve & Cathy Owen, John Owens

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Stephanie & Blaire Thomas Drew Jansen & Jimmy Martin Nate Binkley, Connie & Ed Bennett Rachel Bunch, Lorrie Trogden, Angela Strauss,
Cat Hamilton

Becca Masching, Lynn Gleghorn Judy Tenenbaum, Grant & Kim Downer, Rick Fleetwood Jon Wickliffe, Harry Hastings Alan Sims, Holly Herd, Reggie Clow

FESTIVAL OF WINES

Chairmen Karen & Terry Masching welcomed friends of the
American Heart Association to this year’s Festival of Wines
featuring hundreds of wines from around the world, fare from
over 13 local restaurants, and a silent and premier auction at
Dickey Stephens Park. Presented by Arkansas Heart Hospital
Central, the event is touted as the largest wine festival in the
state. All proceeds support the American Heart Association’s
medical research and education.

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Karen & Terry Masching Kim & Raymond Battle Tracy & Liz Johnson

Wesley & Sarah Pilcher John & Cindy Fowler Hayden Finley, Katie McClanahan, Jodi Cotry Anne Marie Dillard Jazic, Stan Hasting,
Suzanne Grobmyer

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Ricky & Heather Sheeks Mandie & Calvin Haynes

Eric Shatzer, Reed Lewallen Taylor & Lance Spann

BREWSKIS, BOURBON
& BURGERS

Guests gathered at Heifer Village & Urban Breanna Keith, Gracie Beckman
Farm for Brewskis, Bourbon & Burgers
hosted by The Point 94.1. The evening’s
festivities included music, games, a build-
your-own cocktail bar, food trucks and
samplings from more than 60 different
vendors. A portion of the proceeds
support Ronald McDonald House Charities
of Arkansas and its mission to provide a
“home-away-from-home” for families of
children being treated at area hospitals
and community programs.

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Matt & Jamie Dempsey Beth Roberts, Katherine Allen, Rick & LuAnn Ashley, Jennifer & Madre Hill Kari Greenway, Amanda Moore, Dena Daniel
Kimberly Bowman

Brooke Schneider, Kelley Coca Kelly Simmons, Laurie Allison, Amy Bratcher, Heather & Chad Brown Mandy & Vince Shoptaw, Shannon & Brian Ball
Randall Moore, Todd Yakoubian Michele Meadors

TIES THAT BIND

More than 700 parents, alumni and friends of Catholic High
School enjoyed big top carnival fun, food and drinks at this
dinner + auction. Chairmen Kori Gordon and Stephanie Pace
welcomed guests to an evening of fellowship + camaraderie that
supports the Booster Club – providing funding and essentials
for extracurricular activities, eliminating that cost for families
of students.

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Kori Gordon, Stephanie Pace Kelly & Brad Baker

Rebecca McWilliams, Tracy Cooper Joy & DJ Dailey Ray Parker, Brad Baltz, Steve Straessle Andy Vondran, Stephanie Monroe, Rob Tiffee

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90 Years

STRONG

By KIM MEYER-WEBB
Photography by RETT PEEK

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL is renowned for its timeless
discipline that blends seamlessly into a curriculum of academic
excellence that continues to transform the lives of young men.
Students and alumni recognize this exceptional brotherhood as
“the Catholic High experience,” according to Catholic High School
Principal Steve Straessle. And he should know… He has spent most
of his life at the institution and believes the mission is still relevant
as it resonates throughout the classrooms and community.

For nearly a century, Catholic High School has challenged the
intellect of young men and instilled the truths of humanity: faith,
integrity and duty. “We help parents guide their sons into becoming
good husbands, good fathers and good leaders,” explains Steve.
“This goes for the boy ranked number 2 in class. This goes for the
boy ranked number 200. We have a strong belief that a rising tide
lifts all boats and focusing on high expectations elevates everyone.”
This vision is certainly reflected in the institution’s concise and
consistent administration – most notably the tenure of Monsignor
George Tribou, who graced the halls of the school for more than
50 years and remains a strong presence among faculty and families.
“We intentionally maintain one foot in our past - that which made
us great - and one foot reaching out to the future - that which
makes us better. Since Father Tribou’s death almost 20 years ago,
we’ve sailed the ship he built and found new horizons that he had no
way of knowing were there.”

When he reflects on his time as a student, Steve remembers
“teachers that were energetic and demanded creativity - one of
the teachers was Father Tribou.” He adds, “They demanded that
we look at life through lenses dipped in great writing and they
demanded that we find our own voices to understand and expand
topics like courage, compassion and love.”

The students and alumni are incredibly loyal, with a reverence
to tradition that includes modern amenities + technology. “They
combine old school adherence to duty with the new evolution of
social interaction,” Steve explains. “We have a very large and active
alumni network. They advocate for each other in a myriad of ways.
The network is strong.” And the network is diverse. “We have
a great socio-economic cross-section in our student body that is
reflected in our roots of serving families from wide backgrounds.”

Steve sums up the Catholic High experience in just two words,
“unique and attainable.” The school remains steadfast in its
commitment to inclusion + unity – intentionally keeping tuition
affordable with ample financial assistance available. Admission
is accessible to all young men. “It’s important to us that finances
are not considered for admission. So, in 90 years and more than
8,000 graduates later – Catholic High has unleashed young men
into every walk of life armed with an attitude of and adherence to
achieving high.”

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Celebrating Academic Excellence

These men - outstanding leaders, fathers and husbands - represent the
unique perspective that Catholic High School instills in its students.
As the institution embarks on nearly a century of service, its curriculum
remains relevant with a mission that resonates throughout the community.

THE EXPERIENCE • THE BROTHERHOOD • THE LEGACY
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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RAMON ESCOBAR

CLASS OF 1987 Photography by LORI SPARKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Vice President, Talent Recruitment &
Development, CNN Worldwide ADAM DUNAWAY,
“POOLBOY”
Most Valuable Lesson Favorite Teacher
Simply put, Catholic High School Father Tribou. Like so many thousands CLASS OF 1997 Yesterday vs. Today
prepared me for the world. Its values- of young men who walked the halls Heather & Poolboy Morning Show Host, Same halls, same walls, same khakis,
based education drove the principle of Catholic High, this man left a mark. KLAL Alice 107.7 FM same ties, same life lessons - faith,
of discipline, set an expectation of Though he has left this earth, his integrity, duty. The administration
excellence and instilled a deep empathy presence is still powerfully felt. He is Favorite Teacher has changed but the values and what
in me to serve others. These principles the little angel that sits on your shoulder Mr. Moran. Going into Catholic Catholic High stands for have not-
serve me every day on the job and in and reminds you to do the right thing High School, you heard stories of turning young boys into men.
life and has spurred the intellectual even though it’s the harder thing, the the toughness of his class. He was
curiosity that drives me as a journalist. unpopular thing. feared - even hated if you asked some CHS Brotherhood
It encouraged the empathy towards students. I was never his star student, The connections as an alum of
others that guides my view of the Yesterday vs. Today that’s for sure, but I liked that he was Catholic High are endless. I know
people I’m supposed to serve as a Though Fr. Tribou is gone, his fair. I liked that you got a sense that when I refer someone to a CHS
journalist. I owe my ethical view of philosophy and spirit are alive and well he really cared. He commanded your graduate that they will be treated
my profession and the world to the in Steve and its faculty. In that sense, the attention in the classroom and held kindly and fairly – whether he is
values instilled in me at Catholic High. most important part of Catholic High you accountable. As young men we the owner of a landscape business,
is the same. It’s the foundation. As the needed that. financial advisor or an HVAC
Memorable Experience world changes, it will be Catholic High’s technician. I love being able to say, “Go
I gathered with all my classmates on challenge to become more diverse and Community Service see this guy; he went to Catholic and
graduation day and had the honor reflect the world it serves. In my line of work, I see things going will take care of you.” Eight of the
to give the commencement speech on in the community - charity walks guys in my wedding were CHS chums.
with my parents present. They were Advice to Share and runs for various nonprofits, park These guys will help you move, are
immigrants who came to the U.S. with Catholic High will change your son’s life! clean-ups, disaster relief efforts. here for the birth of your children,
literally nothing but the dream of a It will challenge, push and stretch him It never surprises me; Catholic let you vent about work and home.
better life for their children. Though farther than he thinks he can go. It will High students and alumni are Life-long friendships are formed at
poor, they never let us feel poor and instill in him discipline, empathy and the always involved. this school.
they put us through school. To be able values to tackle a complicated world. It
to thank them and recognize all they will raise his bar of expectation to always
had done for me to make it to that day pursue excellence. fall. That is a fine
and make it to that stage meant the line to walk, and one that Catholic High
world to me. School does flawlessly.

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Congratulations JASON CHACKO
Catholic High!

90 years...
THE TRADITION CONTINUES

CLASS OF 2002
Branch Manager & Financial Advisor,
Morgan Stanley

4220 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock Most Valuable Lesson the classroom adapts to new technology,
(501) 224-3421 | arkansasbraces.com If I had to simplify my personality new competition and more demands on
into one word, I think it would be a student’s time, the permanent lessons
CELEBRATING THE “duty.” I’ve always been motivated by of time management, accountability and
CATHOLIC HIGH fulfilling my obligations to the best of respect all continue to be part of the
EXPERIENCE my ability, and Catholic High School is Catholic High education.
a place that drives that point home. The
87 Walker St. New York, NY school rewards work ethic just as much CHS Anecdote
as natural ability, if not more so. I was Catholic High taught me HOW to learn,
JERALD MARK taught that I will never be disappointed not just WHAT to learn. My study habits
TENENBAUM with the results of my full effort. carried me through not only Catholic
High’s rigorous curriculum, but also
CHS Graduate Favorite Teacher college, grad school and beyond into
Class of ‘90 I can point to the life lessons from my career.
Coach Richard Cochran as the most
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taught me how to appreciate literature Every graduate knows the standards
and the social commentary that it can set by Catholic High, and it shows in
provide; I still have most of the books the tight-knit community of alumni.
he assigned on my bookshelf. But just Every year the gym is filled with 650+
as important, he gave my class a tidbit men from nine different decades, joining
of passing advice that stuck with together for an alumni dinner where
me: he said that on the first night of we celebrate the continued standard of
college, someone will come and ask if excellence of the school. I think that’s a
you want to hang out, and he said do it. commitment to consistency that speaks
As a naturally shy person, that moment volumes between alumni, wherever they
came and I went against my instincts live now.
to say yes. That man is still one of my
best friends and was a groomsman in CHS Remains Relevant
my wedding. Coach Cochran’s lesson Students must learn the difficult lesson
became for me that trust is a two-way of standing on your own two feet, even
street, and it’s one that has dramatically as there are hands out to catch you if you
influenced my life. fall. That is a fine line to walk, and one
that Catholic High School does flawlessly.
Yesterday vs. Today
Tradition must be married with
innovation to remain relevant. While

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JIM DAILEY CLASS OF 1960
Director of Arkansas Tourism, Arkansas Department of
Parks, Heritage & Tourism

Memorable Experience
I remember Father Tribou playing the song, “Sixteen
Going on Seventeen,” from The Sound of Music. His
message for me was that I was too young to go steady
with one girl. “Wait a year or two,” he said.

Yesterday vs. Today
Catholic High is more diverse – especially students from
other religions beyond Catholic. What hasn’t changed
is the school’s strong foundation of faith, education and
character development. And the facilities are wonderful! I
was in the 1960 class - the last class to graduate from the
“old” school.

CHS Brotherhood
I am from a long history of Catholic High grads – my
dad, uncle, sons, son-in-law – all of us with a special
bond based on a common faith and a common experience
at an all-boys school.

CHS Remains Relevant
In today’s divided world, Catholic High stands out as a
■ refreshing model of how education built on a base of
character and biblical principles can positively impact
outcomes in families, business, community and politics.

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PROUD CHS GRADUATE CLASS OF ‘78 Lasting Impression

Catholic High School instills a certain

discipline to everyday life that gives

HEALTHY SMILES you the fortitude to manage the

successes and challenges - the peaks

and valleys - that come in the years that

follow. It’s a discipline that does not journalism career, so he said he didn’t

allow you to become consumed with want me to spend time in a class that was
self-pride when things are going well, not productive for me. He transferred
and it protects you from developing
one little mouth at a time! me into his own English class the next
self-pity when challenges mount. Four day and took a keen interest in my work
years at Catholic High instills a sense the rest of my high school career. I
Gerald W. Friend of confidence, balance and stability that was always grateful for that personal
CHS graduate lasts a lifetime.
class of ‘78 attention to my academic success.

North Little Rock Favorite Teacher The CHS Difference
I benefited from each teacher’s unique The experience at Catholic High isn’t just
Pediatric Dental Group methods for teaching, inspiring and about what is taught in the classroom. It’s
motivating me and my classmates. We also about the life-lessons that you live
NORTH LITTLE ROCK OFFICE had then – and I am certain it exists everyday walking those halls. CHS taught
today – a collection of teachers who, as me lessons about integrity and honesty,
4605 Fairway Avenue a group, molded each of us into men strength and perseverance, success and
501-771-2990 who graduated and entered the adult failure, pride and humility. It gave me
world very different from the boys who the tools I needed to not only survive in
CONWAY OFFICE entered those halls four years earlier. the world but to thrive and live in the
manner that God asks us to live.
2700 Allyson Lane CHS Anecdote
501-730-0375 One day after lunch, Father Tribou Advice to Share
pulled me aside and asked me my Consider the life-long benefits that
CONWAYNORTHLITTLEROCKPEDIATRICDENTALGROUP.COM opinion of one of the new English are offered by the positive learning
teachers. I didn’t want to be overly environment that is unique to Catholic
22 | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 | invitingarkansas.com critical, but I wanted to be honest, High. It’s not just about what is taught
so I said I did not feel his teaching in the classroom, it’s also about the life
methods were of particular benefit to lessons that are learned through the
me. Father Tribou knew that English culture that you live everyday walking
was important to my pursuit of a those halls.

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WITT STEPHENS CLASS OF 1986
CEO & Co-Chairman, The Stephens Group

Most Valuable Lesson
Catholic High School provided the discipline and
framework of values that have had a profound influence on
me to this day.

Community Service
Catholic High plays a vital role in our community. It
is a traditional high school setting with a Christian
environment. This setting is more important than
ever today.

CHS Brotherhood
The Catholic High experience is an unbelievable one,
especially as I was fortunate enough to experience it
when Father Tribou was there. You have a common bond
with anyone who went to Catholic High and those bonds
are lifelong.

The CHS Difference
The culture is what makes it different. It’s a Christian
school where not only is a good education important, but
teaching young boys to become men is a cornerstone.

CHS Remains Relevant
A classic education in a traditional environment at an all-
boys school is a unique experience today. We are fortunate
Catholic High is here and that it offers an education
different than any other in the state.

Grateful for Catholic High School

as they continue to mold boys

into men of Intelligence,
Integrity & Strength

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on 90 years!

Dan Lusk

Class of 1980

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ERIC HIGGINS

Arkansas’s Leader in Cardiovascular Care CLASS OF 1983
Pulaski County Sheriff
Leaders in Heart Health
Memorable Experience
Arkansas Cardiology, a department of One of the most memorable experiences was the senior ring mass.
Baptist Health, is the state’s leader in Seeing all of our class rings lined up on the tables in front of us –
cardiovascular care. We are committed they all looked the same, which made me think about how we were
all equal members of a brotherhood. Catholic High is a brotherhood
to providing the most advanced of boys who had it instilled in us that we were to be men of integrity
cardiovascular services in the state, who were expected to do our best not only as we represented the
including interventional cardiology, nuclear school but as we represented Christ.
cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure,
structural cardiology, and peripheral Yesterday vs. Today
vascular diagnostics and intervention. I am disappointed that they installed air conditioning a few years ago
We strive to give each patient the same (they didn’t have it while I was there!), but it’s my understanding that
immediacy and quality care that we would they never turn it on.

give a member of our family. CHS Brotherhood
Catholic High School has a reputation for graduating responsible,
Scott Davis MD ‘83 dependable men of integrity. Not only do you benefit from that
Alex Orsini MD '87 reputation, you feel obligated to live up to it for the next generation
David Jones MD ' 93 of graduates.
Wesley Fiser MD '03
Blake Norris MD father of Camp Norris ‘22 The CHS Difference
a part of the Catholic High School family, My parents wanted my brothers and me to have the best high school
congratulate CHS on 90 years of leadership! education possible, so they sent us to Catholic High. I am thankful
that they chose to send me there and remain a proud alum.
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JOHNATHAN GOREE, MD Dermatology Group of Arkansas would like to congratulate
STEVE STRAESSLE and CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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Lasting Impression students, I’m so glad that Steve Straessle
Catholic High taught me how to be a has kept that vision alive and continued
professional. Part of the maturation that tradition. At the end of every
process at CHS is the appreciation sporting event and assembly, we lock arms
of responsibility. As a student, I was and sing the Alma Mater. The final words
forced to take responsibility for my of the song are “we in some distant day
own decisions. If I forgot my lunch may brush away a tear/ born of memories
or homework, I had to deal with as these we hold so very dear.” It’s
the consequences. I also learned the amazing how those words hold true.
importance of the little things: time is
valuable and presentation is everything. Yesterday vs. Today
And I definitely learned the value of When I walked through the halls of
hard work. Catholic High recently, I felt that the ethos
of the school has not changed. I was met
Favorite Teacher with the same warm welcoming spirit. The
While I hated writing term papers, halls were filled with the buzz of confident
diagramming sentences and reading boys in their shirts and ties. But, as the
18th century English literature, I didn’t landscape of science and technology has
know at the time that I was developing changed, Catholic High has also adapted.
skills that I would use daily. I went into The school has become more modern, and
health sciences because science and technology is incorporated into all areas
math skills were my academic strengths, of education.
but I am forever grateful for my three
English/writing/literature teachers The CHS Difference
(Richard Cochran, Monsignor George Catholic High continues the same role it
Tribou and Mike Moran) who forced me has played in the past: To educate young
to challenge my weaknesses. men to be excellent fathers, dedicated
professionals and passionate altruists.
The Tradition Continues While most high schools prepare you
I have distinct memories of Father for your academic future, Catholic High
Tribou stating that the purpose of focuses on your holistic future. This is
Catholic High School was to teach not only limited to academics but also
us how to be a man. While at times, includes family life, citizenship and
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A NIGHT IN VEGAS

Chairmen Kara & Bob Woller welcomed friends Kara & Bob Woller Chris White, Samantha Stokley Mike & Karen Garrett, Jeff Marcussen
+ supporters of Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Arkansas to Mark McLarty Ford
Lincoln for an evening of high-rolling fun. Guests
enjoyed the glitz and glamour of Vegas along
with casino favorites like blackjack, poker and
roulette. The festivities preceeded the annual
golf tournament. Proceeds support the critical
services that Ronald McDonald House provides
to families whose children are receiving care
and treatment from Central Arkansas hospitals.

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CHAMPIONS
for CHILDREN

By DEANNA ATKINSON MCGILL | Photography by SARAH ODEN

Hair & Makeup by Lori Wegner
Wardrobe by Jamelih Kamran

THE CLASSIC Dr. Suess tale The Lorax is beloved “I continue to give my time and resources because our Miracle Ball for a celebration of the holiday season
by families and comforting to children. It tells community has real needs. It is especially meaningful and the miracles that happen every day at Arkansas
the story of the Lorax who speaks for the trees to see what Arkansas Children’s is contributing to our Children’s. Friends and patrons will be transported
that are threatened with destruction. The Lorax community and state.” to the 1967 Casino Royale 007 for a high-stakes
exclaims, “Unless someone like you cares a whole evening of chance. Anita notes with contrast to the
awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Early in her career, Anita worked as a registered festivities, “We can’t leave something so precious as
The sentiment reflects the philosophy of Anita nurse in the labor and delivery unit of Doctor’s the health of children to chance. Arkansas Children’s
Middleton and her family’s devotion to the welfare Hospital before joining their family business is providing a better today and a healthier tomorrow
of children. Her experience, both professionally Middleton Heat & Air. She recalls, “My love of for the kids in our entire state.” Proceeds from the
and personally, make her a natural ambassador for working with newborns heightened during my ball are impressive and continue to provide funding
Arkansas Children’s and a perfect hostess of this time at Doctor’s Hospital.” She was introduced to for a statewide health system that reaches as many
year’s Miracle Ball. Arkansas Children’s, like so many families, through children as possible. From a single hospital location
the care her children and grandchildren received. five years ago, Arkansas Children’s mission fulfillment
Anita remembers her time as a Girl Scout – cleaning “We have utilized the hospital’s exceptional services work is relentless – “providing care close to home for
parks and selling cookies – during the formative years and resources for years. After seeing the amazing Arkansas children.” Coupled with an awful lot of care
of her civic leadership. This volunteerism coupled work performed by doctors and nurses, I felt and support, as the Lorax emphasizes, from generous
with philanthropy still motivates her today. She compelled to donate both my time and resources to patrons like the Middleton family – the health and
is an active member of Rotary Club 99 where she this organization.” future for children will continue to improve.
champions for local and global change. Anita stresses,
The Middleton family will welcome guests to

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THE BESTWORK BY ANIMALS
By DEANNA ATKINSON MCGILL | Photography by SARAH ODEN

NICOLE
DARLAND

will welcome
guests to

Great Escapes
for an evening
of distinctive
artwork and
wild shopping.

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IT WAS no surprise her cross-training in the
to family and friends bird department, she was
when Nicole Darland the ideal candidate for
landed her dream job bird keeper.
at the Little Rock Zoo.
Nicole reminisces, Though her goal had
“At one point in high always been working with
school I had a guinea big cats she altered her
pig, a dove, two rats plans after meeting Cody
and three dogs. God bless my mother for dealing with all that.” Her devotion to the warthog and two red
the birds and other animals she cares for at the zoo is undeniable. As president river hogs - Passion Flower and Harry. “I fell head over heels in love.” Now she is
of the American Association of Zookeepers – Little Rock Chapter, Nicole will the bird and small hoofstock keeper at the zoo where she trains and cares for the
welcome guests to Great Escapes for an evening of distinctive artwork and warthogs, exhibit birds, kudu, yellow-backed duiker as well as occasional work
wild shopping. with the zebras, anteaters, dik dik and somali wild ass. “When Cody passed away at
the age of 15 it was the hardest day of my job. Even though it has been two years,
Throughout her childhood, Nicole naturally presumed the only way to help I have a photo of him in my car,” Nicole shares.
and be with animals was to become a veterinarian. But as she learned more Nicole serves as president of American Association of Zookeepers - Little
about zoology and related opportunities, she realized it was a career she had Rock Chapter, an organization that supports zookeepers and conservation
to pursue. “My inspiration to become a zookeeper is because of my 12th grade with continued educational opportunities. Each year, Great Escapes presents
English teacher and an assignment.” At her mother’s suggestion in relation to creations by animals from the Little Rock Zoo including extraordinary ornaments
the project, Nicole shadowed the large hoofstock (ruminants and members of and artwork. Wild shopping complemented with light snacks and drinks
the horse family) and big cat keepers at the zoo. One of the handlers shared as well as keepers to answer all critter-related questions make for a fun and
influential advice - take any job at the zoo and then move between departments informative evening. Through fundraising events, the AAZK provides support
based on personal interests. That advice led Nicole to an opening at the Little for conservation, zoo assistance and additional resources for zookeepers. Nicole
Rock Zoo Café Africa. She continued her relentless pursuit to be a zookeeper and encourages, “The more we know, the better keepers we can be and do our best
four months later accepted the seasonal lorikeet landing position. As a result of work for our animal’s best life.”

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OLD STATE HOUSE
ANNUAL SUPPER

Guests gathered on the front lawn of Alan Dranow, Daniel Cockrell
the Old State House Museum for this
annual supper. The evening began with
an outdoor cocktail reception followed
by dinner and a special program - An
Evening Remembering Sam Walton. The
presentation of the story of what would
become the largest company in global
history, including personal testimonies
about “Mr. Sam” by family and associates.
Proceeds support the Old State House
Museum Association’s dedication to
programs and exhibits at the museum.

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THE OPAL PROGRAM
FOR SENIOR OPIOID DEPENDENCY

To prevent and reduce opioid use among seniors, the Reynolds Institute has
established the Opioid Prevention for Aging & Longevity (OPAL) program.

Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., executive director
UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

When picturing someone the risks of continued opioid
with opioid use disorder, use. The program works to
the first image in your mind bring awareness of opioid
might not be one of your use disorder among seniors
grandmother, an older and to educate professionals
relative or an older friend. authorized to write opioid
Unfortunately, there’s a good prescriptions about appropriate
chance they should be among doses for mature adults.
your first thoughts.
Educating seniors and
Opioid use disorder occurs physicians about prescribing
when someone becomes opioids doesn’t benefit only
physically dependent on opioids seniors. Reducing opioid
and has an increasing tolerance use among seniors would
for higher doses. Arkansas also help restrict the supply
has the second highest opioid of prescribed opioids that
prescribing rate in the United somehow make their way into
States, according to the illegal drug sales when other
Centers for Disease Control people in their homes take
and Prevention. them from the seniors.

For patients aged 90 and Opioid use in mature adults
older, opioids are the fourth makes it difficult to accurately
most commonly prescribed diagnose dementia or other
medicine. We know something cognitive disorders because
needs to be done. In our opioids commonly can cause
Longevity Clinic at the UAMS confusion, worsen memory
Donald W. Reynolds Institute impairment and may result
on Aging, the median age of in confusion and fall injuries.
our patients is around 86 years. Over a period of time, opioid
We see a number of patients usage can become ineffective in
who are dependent on opioids. reducing pain or may worsen
chronic pain and could possibly
The risk for side effects from lead to an accidental overdose.
opioids is much greater for
patients aged 60 and older who We don’t want anybody to
have medical conditions such as get hurt by continuing to take
breathing issues and/or heart those medicines long term.
problems, depression, memory Research has shown that you
and sleep problems, and alcohol only need between three days
or substance abuse. Their use to seven days of a prescription
of opioids to treat chronic pain of opioid medication after a
can lead to negative side effects surgery or procedure or injury.
like nausea, constipation, respiratory changes, falls, walking difficulty and Beyond just a few days of opioid use, patients should try to use mindfulness,
bladder issues. meditation and even hypnosis to cope with the mental and emotional stress of
chronic pain. More than one study has shown that combinations of drugs like
To prevent and reduce opioid use among seniors, the Reynolds Institute has ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be just as effective at treating pain.
established the Opioid Prevention for Aging & Longevity (OPAL) program. Through the OPAL program, the UAMS Reynolds Institute is committed
The program, funded through a federal grant, provides educational materials to combatting the opioid crisis. We’re leading the effort and helping seniors to
to distribute at public events. become part of the solution.

The program provides statewide public education to inform seniors about

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CELEBRATING THE HOT SPRINGS

25MUSIC FESTIVAL TH ANNIVERSARY

Photography by LORI SPARKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

MARQUE HAUPERT mission fulfillment
has a song in her soul. work and, “knew the
As an accomplished Hot Springs Music
cellist, she performs with Festival was where
the Saline Symphony I would dedicate
Orchestra, the Hot my interests.”
Springs Village Bella
String Quartet and With a tenure that
independently at events spans more than
throughout the Spa City. two decades, the Hot
Through the years, as her Springs Music Festival
livelihood and adventures welcomes more than
carried her across the 100 national and
country – from the Rocky international musicians
Mountains to the sunny to the Spa City for
Florida coast – music an eclectic series of
has been a constant performances, open
companion. Marque, rehearsals and national
with a host of other radio broadcasts. It
committed volunteers, pairs mentor musicians
is looking forward to with apprentices –
the Hot Springs Music offering opportunities
Festival 25th anniversary to pre-professional
celebration next year. musicians as well as
quality productions
She was introduced to the Hot Springs
to the arts at an early community. The
age and Marque recalls mentor musicians, from
being surrounded by renowned orchestras
music throughout and choral ensembles,
her childhood. “My share the spotlight with
family has always been apprentices presenting
committed to arts, a wide range of
music and community; I concerts for patrons
clearly remember being to enjoy.
entranced by Disney’s
Fantasia and mimicking The rich culture
playing the violin with a book under my cheek and a ruler as the neck. I was a string throughout Hot
player even back then!” She followed her passion to Truman State University and Springs National Park, with its diverse venues and art galleries, provides a perfect
worked at the University of Denver for nearly two decades before a business venture landscape to celebrate the Hot Springs Music Festival. “It’s 14 days of exceptional
brought her to Hot Springs. performances around the city in churches, auditoriums and public spaces. Some
of the more creative performances include motorcycles, opera and other multi-
“I landed happily in the Valley of the Vapors and soon discovered the Hot Springs media sources.”
Music Festival,” Marque explains. “I was so moved by the community of friends that Festivities for the 25th anniversary commence next spring and already include an
came together to make the annual, two-week-long, classical music festival happen impressive repertoire. “We are one of the best kept secrets in Hot Springs. People
through their giving and volunteering.” With an unwavering devotion to music and have moved here for the water, the people and the arts culture. Culture abounds
the arts, Marque quickly realized her experience complemented the organization’s because of the dedicated community.”

hotmusic.org

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HOT SPRINGS BARON’S BALL

Davis Tillman continues to dazzle friends and patrons of Levi
Hospital with his recreation of a magical, mystical evening of
intrigue at the Baron’s Ball. Proceeds support Levi Hospital, one of
the state’s oldest and longest-serving hospitals. Guests dressed
in costume, reflecting the event’s theme of Cirque du Vampyre.
The evening featured cocktails, a silent auction and dinner. The
highlight of the event was first-class live entertainment. Davis
has helped organize and direct the annual Baron’s Ball for more
than 15 years, which helps fulfill part of the hospital’s mission to
serve all persons without regard to economic means.

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Alec Longmuir, Sandy Edwards Beth Bobbitt, Ashley Wardlow

Clay Farrar, Linda Palmer Dorothy Morris, Don Munro

CRYSTAL BRIDGES
RECEPTION

Alice Walton welcomed sponsors to a
private preview reception of Crystals in
Art: Ancient to Today at Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art. The exhibit
explores the complex connections
between crystals and art throughout the
world, spanning history and geography.
Featuring more than 75 works from Ancient
Egypt, Rome and China – the collection
will be on display through January 6, 2020.

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GOLDEN JUBILEE
CELEBRATION

Friends and patrons of the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Saline County gathered at the Riverside Club for a
golden anniversary celebration. The evening featured
performances by Heath Sanders and Justin Moore as
well as dinner and a live + silent auction. Proceeds
support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Saline County –
providing an exceptional club experience to youth
in the community that develops good character,
citizenship and a healthy lifestyle.

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UA LITTLE ROCK COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AWARDS LUNCHEON

Business professionals and community leaders
gathered at the Little Rock Marriott to celebrate the
success of UA Little Rock College of Business alumni.
Legacy Termite Vice President of Administration Jay
Helfin received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He
earned his MBA at UA Little Rock and is a member
of the UA Little Rock Business Advisory Council.
The luncheon also recognized Welspun COO Rajesh
Chokhani with the Dean’s Award for Excellence.

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WOWAPALOOZA

The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion welcomed
215 friends and patrons of Women’s Own Worth
to this annual fundraiser. Emcee Brandi Passante,
international reality star of Storage Wars, introduced
the evening’s festivities including a performance
by singer-songwriter Bailey Hefley, an Arkansas
native. Proceeds of more than $115,000 support the
programs and services Women’s Own Worth provides
and the organization’s continued mission fulfillment
work – offering domestic violence victims support
and rehabilitation.

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EVENING OF WISHES

Volunteers, donors and supporters joined Make-A-
Wish® Mid-South as they raised critical funds to assist
in granting wishes in South and Central Arkansas.
Hosted at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,
the evening included dinner and drinks, a silent and
live auction + special appearances by wish-children.
Funds support the vision to grant life-changing wishes
to every child living with a critical illness.

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JLLR HOLIDAY HOUSE
PREVIEW PARTY

Celebrating nearly three decades as Lauren Hardy, Keri Richmond
the “shopping event of the season,”
Junior League of Little Rock hosted its
annual Holiday House with more than
160 merchants from across the country.
Friends and patrons attended Preview
Party for an exclusive opportunity to shop,
with more shoppers and special events
throughout the weekend. Proceeds from
Holiday House support JLLR community
projects that improve the lives of women
and children in Central Arkansas.

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BURGERS, BRATS &
BLUEGRASS

This cookout welcomed friends and Mary Lynn Nelson, Julia Stoner Brad Allen, Sharon Morris, Steve ’Wildman’ Wilson Sherry Kline, Debbie Grooms
families to the grounds of the Governor’s
Mansion for an evening of good times +
grilling. Guests enjoyed burgers and brats
as well as brownies and banana pudding
in true Southern style. Senator Jason
Rapert and his bluegrass band Living
Grace provided lively entertainment.
Proceeds benefit the Arkansas
Governor’s Mansion  Association’s
mission of maintaining and preserving the
Governor’s Mansion.

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FOOD AND DRINK

LET’@SEAT OUT

“Vault is coolness

on steroids!”
French Onion Soup is also special. The bread
VAULT FOOD offered is intentionally only lightly baked and is
sinfully great.
Beautiful atmosphere, food and people New American
with pizazz All of Vaults steaks are fabulous, I particularly
By BRAD HUDGENS enjoy the Butter Aged Ribeye. Lamb is usually
DECOR available and there are many fresh seafood
As you may have surmised, Vault restaurant Brian Townley. If you didn’t have a great options. The Rockfish is served with smoked
was built in a historic building which in 1909 culinary experience from an earlier visit, go Maybe the most Gouda bacon risotto, roasted poblano and spicy
housed a bank vault. The building became a again! Brian’s creativity excels. His uniqueness amazing in Arkansas tomato beurre blanc. Wow! The Red Snapper
SAFE investment for owner Dr. Daron Praetzel of tastes, textures and presentations are a and Salmon are also delicious. Optional sides
who, along with general manager Randy good combination (no matter how you spin it) $ are Smoked Gouda Grits, Creamed Spinach
Womack, transformed the venue, transcending for Vault… and Truffle Honey House Fries to name a few.
most all other restaurant scenes in Arkansas. PRICE I love the Baked Alaska or the Bread Pudding
From Vault’s lighting, floors, walls, and art Brian keeps the menu fresh so there are for dessert.
to the bar, private dining area and even the regular updates. For a starter, I like the Kobe Fine dining moderate:
bathrooms, Vault is coolness on steroids! Chic is Meatballs served with risotto, house marinara Entrees $28-$50 The bar area is a fun and beautiful place to
an understatement. and micro basil. Yum! A house-made mozzarella (More for Wagyu) meet friends, or even have dinner for one or
cheese is available that is sometimes served two. Vault’s wine list, while modest in size, is
A very unique feature is backlit menus, so no with just a taste of delectable olive oil, or order VERDICT outstanding! You would expect this from Randy,
need to use your cell phone to see the offerings. the Caprese Salad. This also has fresh tomato, one of the top trained oenophiles in the state.
The restaurant can keep the lighting dimmed balsamic caviar (tiny beads of balsamic) and An astounding venue This gorgeous venue will make you want to
to a level of sultry, which along with chill music roasted garlic snow. Fresh oysters are regularly with great food linger for hours while enjoying the food and
makes it easy to feel you’re in an upscale modish available and can be ordered raw, grilled, wine. You will not be able to get enough of the
foreign country. You can take that to the bank... Bienville, Rockefeller or roasted. I’m shellfish atmosphere at Vault! I’ll see you there!
about sharing these…
Within the first few days of opening, Vault’s VAU LT
original chef left for personal reasons. The Several sushi items are on the menu which 723 Central Ave #100, Hot Springs
restaurant’s food struggled many months have become very popular. I also enjoy the (501) 596-8800
during their extensive search for top talent. Kale and Roasted Beet Salad which includes vault723.com
After looking throughout the entire region, orange supremes, pomegranate, toasted
Vault landed the very capable executive chef walnuts and honey yogurt vinaigrette. The BRAD HUDGENS
Freelance foodie, top chef,
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investment professional

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DENIM & DUCK STAMP ARTIST EXODUS.LIFE OUTDOOR
DIAMONDS MEET + GREET UNTIED & OUT FOR LIFE HALL OF FAME

Friends of Civitan Services gathered at Hill Red  Door  Gallery hosted a meet + greet Friends and supporters of EXODUS.LIFE The Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation
Barn Event Center in Bryant for a night of reception with artist Mike Marlar to benefit the gathered for this annual fundraiser honoring hosted the 2019 Hall of Fame Banquet at
boots, blue jeans and BBQ. This Southern Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation.  Arkansas Elizabeth & Tim Griffin for their work the Statehouse Convention Center to honor
glam event featured an evening of delicious native and local engineer, Marlar’s original championing families. EXODUS.LIFE is individuals whose contributions to the great
food from Gina’s Catering, live music from artwork was chosen for the 2019/20 AR Duck committed to building a healthier and safer outdoors go beyond a mere hobby. This year’s
Just Sayin’, silent auction and a jewelry pull Stamp print (the 2nd Arkansan to be awarded Arkansas through the re-education, recovery inductees include: MaryAnn King, Catherine
sponsored by Baker’s Jewelry. Proceeds from this honor in the program’s 38 years.) and reunification of families. and Tommy Murchison III, Woody Futrell and
the event support the mission fulfillment work the McCollum family.
of Civitan Services.

Ben & Bridgette Higgs Lael Foster, Mike Marlar, Lyle Foster Carl Vogelpohl & Sharon Tallach-Vogelpohl Hayden Franks, Woody Futtrell

Roy & Melanie Hale, Shelby & Chris Joiner Deke Whitback & Wayne Beech Elizabeth & Tim Griffin, Laura Monteverdi Ann & Blake Pond

Speedy & Bekka Wilkerson Melody Stanley, Jan & Larry Alman Betty & Ted Dickey Andrew Parker, Marshall Hughes

Wilson DuVall, Leah Henderson, Kim Hammer Steve & Julie Jenkins Craig Kirkpatrick, Sylvester Smith, Brad Moss, Lindsay Molock, Shorty McCollum,
Mark Johnson Myles Moss
Images provided by Rick Nation

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