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January 2020

January 2020

Woman of the Year
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LETTER inspiration: Michele Towne
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42 Makin’ the Cut
47 Spirit of Maya Awards Banquet
48 UA Little Rock Fribourgh Awards

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30 Dazzle Daze Mary Doderer - Women & Children First

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Festival of Trees Ray Tucker - UA Little Rock

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Starry Starry Night DuShun Scarbrough - Martin Luther King Jr. Commission

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Woman of the Year Reception Travis Leon Harris - Centers for Youth & Families

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Blue Plate Special Gary Troutman - Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Paint the Rock
27 Champions of Hope
The Next Course
29 Wedding Style Guide
Jackson House Cocktail Event
33 Dining Review - Bone’s Chophouse
Jr. Departmental Club
Annual Luncheon ON THE COVER
Marcy Doderer
Photography by Sarah Oden
Makeup by Merry Kline with Belle & Blush
Wardrobe from Barbara Jean

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Kim Scott, DeAnna Smith Ashley Kelley, Courtney Lloyd CONWAY REGIONAL’S DUCK DERBY
Jayme Jeane, Brook Jeane Shari Hoover, Margaret Razer
Wildly received events are a call
DAZZLE DAZE for men to see their doctor

Dazzle Daze, Conway’s annual holiday Jim & Ann Duncan Conway Regional’s inaugural Duck Derby Banquet and Hunt in 2019 were
shopping event, celebrated its 18th year as wildly received as a flock of mallard hens approaching the scatters!
with a Christmas market theme and new
ticket offers and prizes including a 5 Come January, duck hunters and outdoor enthusiasts will return to Duck
carat diamond tennis bracelet from Lee Derby for a second helping of a great time! The 2020 Duck Derby Banquet
Ann’s Fine Jewelry. With more than 80 on Jan. 6 is open to men and women and features dinner, silent and live
vendors, guests enjoyed a variety of auctions, a gun raffle, raffles for men and women, and big-ticket raffle items
merchandise on site at the Conway Expo that anyone would love to take home!
Center. Proceeds will help purchase 3D
mammography equipment at Conway The competitive
Regional, which provides superior duck hunt for teams
screening and diagnostic capabilities and of four, held the
can increase the detection of invasive following morning
breast cancer. of Jan. 7, offers
every hunter a gift
Don’t see your photo? package - and the
Visit winning team a very
grand prize to be
James Reed, Lori Ross, Marla Hambuchen, Dot Welch, Angie Longing shared equally.

Both the banquet
and the hunt are
fundraisers for
men’s health programs at Conway Regional, as well as the hospital’s guest
house for patient families.

The primary goal of Duck Derby is to raise awareness of men’s health and
encourage men to proactively seek the various screenings they need at
different stages in life.

Scoring for the hunt will be based on a point system that will award a
designated number of points for various species of ducks. A dice roll will
determine how many points will be awarded for each species. Teams will turn
in their ducks at a designated time the day of the hunt.

The banquet will be held at the University of Central Arkansas’ HPER
Center. It is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket. The most popular
raffle item of the night will likely be the “Ducked Out” 4x4 truck complete
with the bells and whistles every duck hunter wants – a leveling kit, winch,
fog lights, mud tires and more! Other popular prizes include a 2020 Polaris
Ranger 500 side-by-side in the big-ticket raffle, and an Ambush hunting boat
in the live auction.
Only 500 raffle tickets at $100 each will be sold to provide participants an
even greater chance of winning.
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Eddie & Kate St. Amour Sarah & Scott Davis Andrea Knight, Samantha Joslin, Kyndall Finnell Bobbi McDaniel, Nancy Jeffery, Jill Ricciardone

Jim & Cecile Sheppard Cindy VanVeckhoven, Shelia Vaught, Christina Day, Sherri Collazo, Kris Flaherty Steve & Heather Abed, Wendy Butler
Charley Swann, Rachel Sims Jennifer Ralston-Day


Festival of Trees Chairmen Shelia Vaught and Jennifer Day
welcomed approximately 2,500 guests to its 43rd annual four-
day holiday extravaganza.The festivities included the Sugar Plum
Ball – the perfect daddy-daughter date night, Festival of Fashion
– an 80’s-inspired runway show, and Tux N’ Trees gala – for
an elegant evening of dinner + dancing. The festival generated
more than $560,000 to support CARTI’s compassionate patient
care and services.

Don’t see your photo?

Courtney & Adam Head Albert & Traci Braunfisch

Stacy Smith-Foley, Reagan Foley Yana-Janell Scott, Frank Scott, Jr. Kristina Chudy, Kat Martin, Chanda Price, Brandon Golden Jinah & Natalia Davis, Rheeya & Kate Makan

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Mary Corry, Barbara Swesey Lauren Gunnels, Nate Disarro Kim Dates, Niles Childress Shirley Hunter, Hollye Corbell

Lindsey & Walker Bowden

Kim Ellis, Stacy Allen

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Mark & Krysten Levin Lynn & George O’Connor Kathleen & Steve Jonsson Dick & Mary Kelley Andre & Patricia Paixao

Suzanne Carter, Susan Hill Melissa Thomas, Sabine Falls, Beth Rice Mary Masching, Corey Crouch Kennedy Driskill, Shelby Rose, Ansley Watson,
Kellie Wilhite, Kelly O’Connor Matt Covington


Starry Starry Night benefiting ACCESS celebrated the
organization’s 25th anniversary in a tented event on the N.
Mississippi campus. Around 300 guests experienced the
mission of ACCESS while enjoying cocktail hour, silent + live
auctions and a program with heartfelt testimonials. Proceeds
support ACCESS’s continued mission fulfillment work of
evaluation services, full-time education, therapy training and
activities for individuals with special needs.

Don’t see your photo?

Mandy & Eric Wright Matt & Amy Bell

Liane Meadors, Tammy Simmons Jon & Ashley Honeywell Teresa Rios, Olivia Bennett Kacy & Tim Dawson Ted & Stephanie Clouser

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Cindy & Chip Murphy welcomed special guests to Fred & Mary Scarborough Angela McCraw, Diana Smithson Chuck & Terri Erwin, Chip & Cindy Murphy
their home for an evening that introduced Women &
Children First patrons to the 2020 Woman of the Year.
Arkansas Children’s President & CEO Marcy Doderer
will be recognized as this year’s Woman of the Year
for her unwavering support of children – making them
better today and healthier tomorrow. The Woman
of Year Gala, on February 15, generates support for
Women & Children First and its mission fulfillment
work empowering women and their children to live
free from domestic violence.

Don’t see your photo?

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MARCY DODERER is a champion for children. Her leadership medical care and other services for our children. It is important to
as president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s continues to improve provide resources for moms and their children who are in desperate
the health and future of ALL children. When she was introduced to need of those services,” Angela elaborates.
Women & Children First, Marcy admits she was “astounded by the
volume of women and children served” by the organization. It’s a Each year, Women & Children First garners support for its
shared mission - serving the most vulnerable families in Arkansas continued mission fulfillment work through the annual Woman
- that brings together the relentless work of Arkansas Children’s of the Year Gala. The evening celebrates the steadfast foundation
and Women & Children First. For her unwavering commitment, of civic leadership that generates necessary revenue for the
Marcy will be celebrated as Woman of the Year by Women & organization’s annual operating budget. The shelter answered
Children First. more than 7,300 calls on the 24-hour crisis hotline and provided
emergency shelter to more than 1,000 adults + children last year.
Women & Children First breaks the cycle of domestic violence “Honoring an outstanding business woman in Arkansas and a
providing crisis intervention, safe shelter, legal advocacy and champion for children mirrors our mission completely. Marcy
emotional support that are critical resources for families. “We move Doderer and Arkansas Children’s are the epitome of a positive effect
women and children out of an abusive environment into a new life on our state – saving lives with compassion.”
filled with strength and hope,” explains Women & Children First
Executive Director Angela McGraw. For more than 40 years, Marcy’s interest in healthcare spans a lifetime; her father was
the state’s largest domestic violence shelter has transformed lives a chief cardiologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and she
with a continuum of services that relies on strong community experienced the hospital for herself during a summer internship.
partnerships. Marcy adds, “At Arkansas Children’s, our values “It reaffirmed my passion and I never looked back.” During her
are aligned with Women & Children First as we work together tenure, Arkansas Children’s has emerged as the state’s only pediatric
to create a safer, healthier place to be a child in Arkansas.” The health system serving more than 700,000 children in Arkansas. As
collaboration between the two organizations is evident on the a visionary leader, she sees a future where critical services for the
campus of Arkansas Children’s at the David M. Clark Center for state’s most vulnerable residents are combined for extraordinary
Safe & Healthy Children. The facility provides a single location for results. “Adverse childhood experiences have a lifelong impact
medical treatment, mental health services and legal consultation on health,” Marcy explains. “Intervention and treatment are key
to victims of physical and sexual abuse. “When women are victims elements to ensuring a better today and healthier tomorrow for
of domestic violence or sexual assault, often their children witness families. While there are many immediate benefits to the work being
the trauma in the home. We rely on Arkansas Children’s to provide done at Women & Children First – the greatest of these is safety,
protection and hope. That hope is a tremendous gift to our state.”

WOMAN OF THE YEAR | Saturday, February 15 | Little Rock Marriott |
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Makeup by MERRY KLINE with Belle & Blush
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Photography by DERO SANFORD

AFTER NEARLY four decades, Ray
Tucker has become synonymous with
UA Little Rock Trojans basketball.
He returned to Little Rock – after
working with the Memphis Tigers
and the Oklahoma State Cowboys – to
join KTHV-Channel 11, where he was
formally introduced to Trojan athletics.
Ray remembers, “Station Owner &
General Manager Bob Brown chose to
roll the dice and get involved with UA
Little Rock athletics. We carried the
Trojans coaches show and aired games
live.” And just like that – BOOYAH! –
Ray’s love for the Capital City and its
favorite team was solidified.
Ray, along with Stacey Johnson-Smith
and Derin McMains, will be inducted
into the UA Little Rock Trojan
Athletic Hall of Fame later this month.

Ray joined 103.7 The Buzz with
Randy Rainwater for the Trojan
radio broadcast and remains one
of the hosts of Drive Time Sports.
He’s been the play-by-play radio
voice for the Trojans since 2000,
and has shared some of the most
memorable Trojan moments with
alumni and fans – including the NCAA
tournament appearances and Sunbelt
Championships. He reflects, “A special
moment was, with the odds stacked
against us, winning four games in four
days to capture the Sunbelt post-
season tournament and automatically
qualifying for the NCAA tournament.”

UA Little Rock Vice Chancellor for
University Advancement Christian
O’Neal endorses Ray’s nomination as
a UA Little Rock Trojan Athletic Hall
of Fame inductee. “Since the glittering
gold days of the Trojans in Motion
dance team and equally flashy antics
of Coach Mike Newell, one constant
remains: The Voice of the Trojans Ray
Tucker. Coaches and players have come
and gone, but Ray’s reliable broadcast
is as precise today as it was in the
1980s.” The UA Little Rock Trojan
Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes
alumni, coaches, teams, administrators
and friends of the university who
demonstrate exceptional athletic
and personal achievements with
contributions that advance the UA
Little Rock athletics. Ray has been
recognized as Sportscaster of the Year
in Arkansas and served as executive
director for the Arkansas Sports Hall
of Fame. Christian adds, “He has the
heart of a Trojan. To Ray, Trojans are
his family and Ray is family to us.”

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DUSHUN SCARBROUGH Hoxie High School Class
deftly balances his time of 1955. Other community
between family and events include a testimonial
community service. As from Sara Collins Rudolph,
executive director of the survivor of the September
Arkansas Martin Luther 1963 16th Street Bombing
King, Jr. Commission, he is in Birmingham and various
planning the nation’s largest volunteer opportunities.
day of service honoring the “Through our programming,
legacy of Martin Luther it is important to be inclusive
King, Jr. - the 2020 King and bridge generations.
Holiday Day of Impact. This Senior citizens, the special
Day of Impact complements needs community, young
the national initiative Day people - they all have a place
of Service. in what Dr. King envisioned
as the ‘Beloved Community.’”
The King Commission
“promotes and preserves The theme of the 2020
the legacy of Martin King Holiday is “Fatherhood
Luther King, Jr. throughout Reloaded” - highlighting the
Arkansas; and his principles important role of fathers
of nonviolence,” explains in every community with
DuShun. “We host programs a steadfast commitment to
in all four congressional family. “One of his most
districts. They are all famous quotes is ‘What are
designed to promote you doing for others?’ As a
education and encourage father and husband, I believe
youth to engage in positive it is important to promote
leadership development in their communities.” service throughout Arkansas,” notes DuShun. The commission works through
partnerships with Arkansas Better Dads, a program of the First Assembly of God
King Week 2020 will begin later this month in Hoxie commemorating the Church in North Little Rock. “Dr. King realized that the road to greatness was
65th anniversary of the integration of the Hoxie School District. Hosted by the paved with service.”
Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, King Week 2020 is a multi-event The Commission will host the 2020 King Holiday Day of Impact on January
observance throughout the state previewing the King Holiday on January 20. “We 20 in Little Rock. The day begins with an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the
also seek to honor and highlight the work of individuals and organizations in Governor’s Mansion - celebrating unity, faith and fatherhood – followed by a
small towns throughout the state who demonstrate Dr. King’s spirit of service,” service at Philander Smith College. “We want this theme to be the forefront of the
DuShun adds. Activities include an assembly and screening of the documentary King Holiday season encouraging stronger families, mentorship and service.”
Hoxie: The First Stand as well as a ceremony with surviving members of the

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Presented by Malvern National Bank, this year’s
event at the Capital Hotel featured four local artists
and celebrated the continued accomplishments of the
Thea Foundation. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to
indulge in the culinary talents of local chefs, recognize
the importance of arts education across the state
and support the mission fulfillment work of Thea
Foundation – which advances the important role art in
education plays in lives of young people: cultivating
self confidence, character and knowledge.

Don’t see your photo? Bijoux Pighee, Steve Binotti Rusty Guerra, Wendy See Joe Griffith, Bernadette Messina, Kaki Hockersmith &
Visit Max Mehlburger

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By DEANNA MCGILL | Photography by JULIE BIRD | Shot on location at Central Church of Christ

STRENGTH IS typically family, respect, excellence
measured by physical and hope.
power, mental fortitude and
unwavering patience. Rarely Travis remembers the
is strength defined by what mentors in the program
is missing. However, the that encouraged him to lead
journey and perspective of a life of example for others
Travis Leon Harris proves who might feel isolation
otherwise. He believes his and helplessness. “Much
achievements are a result of what we do or don’t do
of what he lacked during is because of our mindset,
this childhood. “It’s the whether it’s what we think
things that I didn’t have of ourselves or what we
that inspire me to be the allow others to put in
best person I can be,” our mind.”
Travis explains.
At the Central Church
Travis lived in what was of Christ, Travis serves as
considered one of the most pastor and works closely
dangerous crossroads in the with the youth groups
country – 15th and Peyton offering encouragement and
Streets in Little Rock. a vision for a bright future.
Infamously recognized as His wife and three children
a rough neighborhood, it provide daily inspiration.
was anything but an ideal “I am forever grateful
location for a family to to Centers for Youth &
consider home. Despite Families – it’s a big reason
feelings of isolation + why I want to help others
helplessness, Travis focused as much as I can. My goal is
on his future. “I understood to be the person I needed as
it’s not where you started, but how you finish – even though opportunities were few a teen.”
and far between, and we were more likely to be dead or in jail than go to college.” He Each year, EVOLVE celebrates the evolution of the organization’s continued
recognized these obstacles made him stronger. mission fulfillment work. Chairmen Becky & Mark Allison will welcome guests to an
entertaining evening of the Capital City’s rendition of NBC’s The Voice – featuring
Centers for Youth & Families provided hope and opportunity for Travis. Through musical acts by local artists in a fun + friendly competition. A highlight of the
its leadership program Shepherds Ranch, he realized alternatives to a hopeless evening is recognition of the Champions of Hope – the CFYF youth leadership
future. The organization offers guidance for children and families – specifically program - for their hard work and dedication creating a better community. This
during adolescence. That proved to make a BIG difference for decisions that Travis volunteer society provides young men an opportunity to serve as stewards of CFYF
made. While his peers were not making positive choices – as a result of trying to and change their perspective – much like Travis realized his full potential through
survive poverty – Travis embraced the values of Shepherds Ranch and CFYF: Shepherds Ranch.

EVOLVE | Saturday, March 14 | Statehouse Convention Center |
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Photography by
Photography by Melisa

CHAMPIONS OF HOPE is a unique BACK ROW (left to right): Taylor Dworkin, Layden Smith, Parker Gordon, Braden Bratcher, Landon Runion- Driskel, Benjamin Kelley, Reece McWilliams,
program that provides young men an Jay Gadberry, Jon Richard Sperry, Gage Morden, Bratton Ashley, Luke Lee, Andrew Dean, Louis Waddell, Lawson Ashley
opportunity to serve as stewards of FRONT ROW (left to right): Brandon Bisceglia, Campbell Pace, Rahji Cummings, Reagan Little, Edward Jones, John Eichler III., Bryce Keaton, Clark McCarley Jr., Malcolm Moore
The Centers for Youth & Families and
develop leadership skills. Champions of support the services of not only the Centers for Youth & Families, but also the 6th and Goal Football program, Arkansas Foodbank, Little
Hope, led by Jay Gadberry and Trena Rock Compassion Center, Recycle Bikes for Kids and Ozark Mission Project. The young men also participate in valuable leadership training
Nosler, are young men in 11th and 12th from various leaders in our state, including The Honorable J. French Hill, 2nd district Congressman; The Honorable Asa Hutchinson,
grades who complete a leadership, service Governor of the State of Arkansas and visits with community leaders including Dr. Fitz Hill; Jennifer Martinez Belt, Arkansas Repertory
and philanthropy program hosted by Theatre; Brent Birch, Executive Director of the Little Rock Tech Park, Buckley O’Mell, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Centers for Youth and Families. They and Jay Gadberry, Gadberry Financial Group and member of the Centers for Youth and Families Foundation Board of Trustees.
learn leadership and advocacy skills,
volunteer at The Centers and with Trena Nosler, Champions of Hope co-chair, said, “Not only do these young men learn the importance of community, volunteerism
other community organizations and and the responsibility of giving back – they finish the program educated about Centers for Youth & Families and the families helped by
raise funds individually and in groups to the organization.”
address timely social issues – including
homelessness, depression, suicide Centers for Youth & Families celebrates these young men as servant leaders and honors the values they represent: family, respect,
prevention and human trafficking. excellence and hope. For more than a century, the organization’s continued mission fulfillment has been building healthier communities
throughout Arkansas.
These young men learn the value of
community service and the difference it
makes in the welfare of the community.
As Champions of Hope, these gentlemen

CHAMPIONS OF HOPE | | 501.666.8686


MARCH 14, 2020

6 P.M.

Convention Center

100 East Markham Street,
Little Rock

Honoring Hero of Hope Rick Fleetwood, CEO Snell Prosthetics & Orthotics
Recognizing the Champions of Hope

Cocktails, Dinner & Dancing | Live & Silent Auctions
“The Choice,” musical celebration inspired by NBC’s The Voice

Featuring Bijoux, Rodney Block Collective;
Christina Muñoz Madsen, Just Cause;

Joe Purvis, Little Joe and the BK’s and Craig Wilson, Dizzy 7

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Congratulations Congratulations


Photography by Photography by Melisa We are so proud Bratton, we are so proud of you!
Photography by Photography by Melisa of you Parker! You are a gifted and talented leader!

We love you BIG! Love,
Mom and Dad
Dad, Mom, Graham, Congratulations

Tucker and Cash LAYDEN SMITH



Andrew and all
Champions of Hope!
We at Dean Dental
Solutions commend
you on your hard work
and dedication to
serving others!

Bliss and John Dean, D.D.S.
Photography by Photography by Melisa Layden we are so proud of the young man you have become. Your
Photography by Photography by Melisa heart and compassion for others speaks volumes of a character
that will continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

Mom and Dad

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We are proud of you for exhibiting respect, reverence, and
responsibility through your service at the Centers for Youth
and Families.

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Friends and families of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
gathered at Loft 1023 for this annual art auction.
Local artists – Elizabeth Dianne, Amy Hill-Imler and
Sandy Newberg – created paintings and caricatures
throughout the evening. Kathy & Spence Churchill
were celebrated with the Community Impact Award
for their commitment to the foundation’s mission
fulfillment work: finding cures for Crohn’s disease and
ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life of
individuals affected by these diseases.

Don’t see your photo? Doug & Gretchen Leech Charlotte & Jim Gadberry Janie Kelley, Kathleen Ray, Linda Edwards

Vee McCrory, Linda Justice Traci Hogue, Kathy Churchill, Jane English Amy Carroll, Leigh Compton David & Elaine Hickman, Ryan & Ashley Atkins

Congratulations Congratulations


Photography by Photography by Melisa Braden, We are so
Photography by Photography by Melisa proud of you and
Lawson, we admire your heart for service. your care and service
We are so proud of your hard work and dedication! for others. Keep up

Love, the good work!
Mom and Dad We love you!

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Mom, Dad, Luke and Olivia


Hosted at the Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South facility,
this culinary experience featured a five course meal
from local chefs Jamie McAfee, Cynthia Malik, Jordan
Davis, Scott Rains, and Shanna Merriweather. Guests
enjoyed each course with chef preparations and tips
for each dish + the perfect wine pairing selected
by Jonathan G. Looney. Proceeds support Youth
Home - a private nonprofit psychiatric treatment
and counseling center for emotionally troubled
adolescents, adults and families.

Don’t see your photo? Jonathan Q. Warren, James Butch Warren David & Donnette Napier Heather Morgan Pile, Donnie & Meaghan Ferneau

Darwin & Lisa Buehler Chris Valentine, Michele Alexander, Greg Cunningham Melody & Chris Piazza Jeremy & Chrissy Chatham, Curtis Chatham &
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THE FOUNDATION for a vibrant The beautiful lakes, historical downtown, and because they love our community,” Gary
community is built on a few basic building superior schools, delightful restaurants and makes clear. “Who better to tell our story
blocks – a lasting legacy, connected people businesses created a place where friendships and get others to experience the too-many-
and a rich culture. These components are the and memories blossomed. “It is truly home, to-count wonderful things that are a part of
result of an infrastructure comprised of a and it will always have that special feeling our everyday lives than all those who call Hot
healthy job market, strong educational options in my heart and the hearts of many other Springs home.” These ambassadors are the
and a city framework that supports bustling residents,” explains Gary. motivation for Gary’s work at the chamber
activity + growth. Hot Springs Chamber of as he advocates for the local businesses and
Commerce President & CEO Gary Troutman As the president and CEO of the Hot strategizes the next steps to keep Hot Springs
is the principal force and voice of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Gary remains on its growing trajectory.
Springs business community. He is the steadfast in his work to further bolster the
visionary of the organization and provides greatness of the city. “My belief is that if we The chamber will hosts its annual
consistent leadership as the Spa City continues lay a solid foundation, we can confidently make Installation Banquet & Meeting at the Hot
to flourish as a desirable town for thousands our case against almost any other community Springs Convention Center to celebrate the
to call home. Next month, Gary will welcome in the country,” Gary shares as he summarizes area’s businesses + community. Guests will
guests to the annual banquet that celebrates the chamber’s commitment to promoting enjoy cocktails, dinner and a year in review
the accomplishments and continued success of Garland County’s first-rate public schools as well as the critical role the Hot Springs
Hot Springs. as a key factor in a successful local industry. Chamber of Commerce plays in the bright
Attracting a competitive workforce is essential future of the Spa City. This kind of strategic
Gary is a Hot Springs native, born and to growth as businesses considering moving partnership between residents, merchants and
raised in the Spa City with parents who to Arkansas, and Gary with his team at the elected officials creates ample opportunity for a
instilled the love for The Natural State. He chamber are pursuing intentional solutions. shared vision that brings more commerce and
summarizes this love in one word: everything. visitors to work and play.
“Most of our residents live here by choice,

HOT SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INSTALLATION BANQUET & MEETING | Thursday, February 6 | Hot Springs Convention Center |
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Janie Smith welcomed guests to a Thanksgiving
cocktail event for an evening of friendly fellowship
that supports the critical services provided by the
Jackson House. Guests were greeted with a signature
cocktail and party favors – as well as entertainment
and Thanksgiving-themed hors d’oeuvres. The
Jackson House is an interfaith community crisis center
providing short-term emergency assistance for
those who need it most. Services include lodging and
counseling in additional to crisis intervention.

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create a new look for a new woman

Photography by SARAH ODEN
Hair & Makeup by HAYDON HOWARD with Red Beauty Lounge

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Little Rock Junior Departmental Club Cheryl Owens, Jennifer Owens Anne Pattillo, Kathy Fakouri, Becky Whelan Betsy Meyer, Carol Wright, Pat Blackmon
hosted its annual luncheon and fundraiser
at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.
Established more than 50 years ago, the
club’s steadfast purpose supports local
charitable organizations across Central
Arkansas. Highlights from this year’s
luncheon included a style show from J. Jill as
well as a Cecil’s Fine Jewelry gift certificate
offered through a raffle. Proceeds from
the luncheon benefit Learning Disabilities
Association of Arkansas.

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Barbara Vogel, Bucky Thomas

Audrey Riser, Mary Beth Caldwell

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September 28, 2019

Given in marriage by her father, Jaci James married
James Smith at Garvan Woodland Gardens. Jaci
is the daughter of Christian & Toni James. The
Rev. Greg Kirksey of The Church at Rock Creek
officiated. Robert & Stacy Smith are parents of
the groom. After a honeymoon in Secrets Maroma
Beach in Cancun, the couple resides in Ferndale.

“Within days, I had my heart
set on the Anthony Chapel at
Garvan Woodland Gardens.
The unique and timeless
architecture was everything I
wanted. The natural beauty of
the chapel spoke for itself.”

Mandy May Photography

Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens

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by Pam Cyphers, Rental Manager
by Jacob Jones, Owner
FINDING THE perfect party location tops
the wedding planning list. It creates a festive IT ALL BEGINS WITH THE RING
atmosphere that beckons Southern hospitality Communication is a key ingredient to a great
and illustrates the personal style of the couple. marriage. Shop together and beat the odds.
There are a variety of venues across the city, 70 percent of women hate their rings – avoid
and the Junior League of Little Rock Building the pitfalls.
meets the most discerning bride’s important
considerations. Here are few to keep in mind: BUYING THE RING IN THE “OLDEN DAYS”
Engagement ring shopping isn’t what it used
CAPACITY to be – with all the information, pictures,
Be sure the venue can styles and even brands of rings that are
accommodate your guests and offered today. Back in the ’50s (and I
party plans. Is it large enough mean the 1950s) men used to go into
for tables, bars, dancing and their local jeweler and pick from a box set
more? Ask to sneak a peek of an of three. In the display sat a trio of rings:
upcoming wedding reception an engagement ring (almost always a
or related event. Constructed solitaire), a lady’s plain wedding band and
at the turn of the last century, the gent’s band. Back then, men had it
the Junior League of Little Rock easy and always got it right because there
Building has a historic grand was little choice.
staircase and ballroom and
rooms to fit all of your needs. BUYING THE RING TODAY
Today, most men go into a jewelry store (or on a website) just like they did
Photo courtesy of Lindsey Sullivan Photography 60 years ago. However, now there are thousands of options
– multiple brand names and styles, different metals to choose from and
PARKING many different diamond shapes. It’s easy for some guys to surrender while
The ideal venue should offer on the search and just buy something to get the process over with. This
safe and ample parking. It’s a hurried buying process and other reasons contribute to 70 percent of
convenience guests expect. If women hating their ring.
parking proves to be an obstacle,
consider a shuttle or bus to BETTER TOGETHER
transport guests. Use of the newly Marriage is one of life’s most important decisions. One of first decisions the
remodeled parking lot adjacent to couple could make together is the ring set, so the best advice I could ever
the Junior League of Little Rock give a couple is communicate or shop together. How things go when you
Building is included for all events. purchase the ring that symbolizes a couple’s love can set the tone for a great
long-lasting marriage. It’s not measured by the size of the diamond, but in
Photo courtesy of Lindsey Sullivan Photography the way the couple communicates in that shared experience.

Some venues restrict catering and bar service providers. So guys, get her input, and ladies, make sure you let him know upfront what
This can significantly increase the costs and interfere with the complete it is you want in the style, brand of ring, even shape of diamond. It may take
plan for a reception. Ask the right questions: more than pictures to get the point across. Also, you probably want to try
- Are there any catering / bar service guidelines? on rings to see how it looks on
- Does the kitchen facility offer warming and cooling options? your finger. Setting up a wish list
- Is there a corking fee? at a jewelry store or on a website
is helpful, so he knows what to
The Junior League of Little Rock buy when he returns. My wife
Building welcomes a long list of and I shopped together, and she
licensed caterers and bartenders picked her ring, which happened
with no additional corking fee. to be a Tacori, customized to her
finger size, in platinum. I did the
For more than a century, the same thing we recommend to
Junior League of Little Rock everyone: Arrive together, shop
Building has played host to many together, and ladies, give him
of the biggest, boldest events input so he buys the right ring.
in the city. Contact the rental You’ll be glad you did.
manager to book your event and
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Allison & Matt welcomed friends and family to Alda’s Magnolia Hill for
their Southern fairytale wedding celebration. Guests enjoyed an intimate
ceremony and reception, complete with a grand exit of fireworks, a carriage
ride and a honeymoon in Hawaii. The bride is the daughter of Michelle &
Jimmy McCoskey; parents of the groom are Debby & Joe Steele.

"I looked at several venues, but
Alda's Magnolia Hill provided
every detail for the perfect
fairytale wedding. After meeting
Alda, I had confidence that
she would be able to help me
make my wedding experience
everything I wanted it to be.”

Lori Sparkman Photography

Alda’s Magnolia Hill

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Alda Ellis

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Design your own Happily Ever After at our award winning, picturesque 30-acre historic estate nestled on a private lake for the perfect
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This unique venue with with special touches such as a horse and carriage arrival, groom’s canoe entrance or an elegant exit in our 1939 vintage

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The Edgemont House, located in Historic Park Hill, celebrates a rich legacy of social and
business gatherings in North Little Rock. Constructed in 1927, the private palatial garden estate is home

to Chris H. Olsen. Under his vision, the Edgemont House has been restored to its original splendor
as he once again welcomes guests and organizations.

Available for weddings, receptions, corporate functions, portrait sessions and group tours.
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Chairmen Lorri Hambuchen and Mary Beth
Ringgold welcomed guests to University
of Arkansas - Pulaski Tech Foundation and
the UA-PTC Culinary Arts & Hospitality
Management Institute to this preliminary
Diamond Chef Arkansas cocktail party. Twelve
chefs competed to advance to the Diamond
Chef Arkansas competition on April 23.

Patrick Carter, Jordan Davis

Geoffrey & Dana Addison

Michael Easley, Joseph Salguiero

Marla Strecker, Charlette Moore,
Margaret Ellibee

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“This Steakhouse

is good to
the Bone!”

BONE’S CHOPHOUSE FOOD center. I like a baked potato with this, but the
Your new go-to Steakhouse Sweet Potato Casserole is better than my
Steaks and grandmother made. The Escalloped Potatoes
By BRAD HUDGENS Seafood are also amazing. The Ribeye and Porterhouse
are other popular steaks, and Prime cuts are
Bone’s Chophouse is located in Little Rock The bartenders here seem to be some of the DECOR also available.
within the former Arthur’s venue on Rahling friendliest in Arkansas. Dining at the bar is a
Circle near the Promenade. This is a fine-dining nice choice for one or two guests, a nice place Warm and inviting The seafood selection include Walleye,
and beautiful steakhouse that maintains a to meat-up… When seated in the dining room, with dark woods and Salmon, Lobster or Shrimp. The Great Lakes
high level of comfort! Some restaurants seek you can expect very pleasant attention from Walleye is one of the best fish choices in
pretention and relish in a bit of snobbery, the well trained wait staff. chandeliers Arkansas, yet the Salmon is also very good.
and I get that. There are times when I’m in Another favorite entrée is the Charleston
that mood. At Bone’s Chophouse, it’s easy to A unique start is the loved Crawfish $ Shrimp and Grits! I love the dark sausage roux
relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, Cornbread. Crawfish with peppers are cooked and creamy grits. The Jumbo Gulf Shrimp
service and even more wonderful food. This within the cornbread then topped with a PRICE are delicious either hand breaded then fried
steakhouse is good to the Bone!… Cajun Shrimp and Crawfish Sauce. This is (my fav) or broiled. The Baileys Irish Cream
yummy! The Crab Cakes are top-notch with Modest for Brulee is sinfully tasty and the Bread Pudding
The restaurant was founded in Hot Springs large chunks of fresh crab. The Fried Calamari a steakhouse is very good.
and has become a very popular spot there. is tossed in a sweet garlic chili sauce, and Entrees $18-$38
Co-owner Lee Beasley is a Spa City native is superb! The Caesar Salad is very good, This may soon become your weekly hangout!
and a successful entrepreneur across served with house made croutons, and the VERDICT No Bones about it…go to Bone’s Chophouse,
many businesses. Dean Jennings brings his Iceberg Wedge Salad is better that most with I’ll see you there!
restaurant skills to team with Lee’s business Applewood Smoked Bacon, Bleu Cheese, A consistently great
acumen; the synergy is evident. After two Tomato, Red Onion and Bleu Cheese Dressing. and approachable BONE’S CHOPHOUSE
years of perfecting their offerings, Dean and
Lee expanded Bone’s Chophouse to Little Rock Of course the steaks are a highlight! My restaurant! 27 Rahling Circle, Little Rock / (501) 821-5800
in the excellent location in West Little Rock. standard order is the Bone’s Center Cut 3920 Central Ave, Hot Springs / (501) 520-5900
Filet, medium rare minus. The meat quality
Each location has a gorgeous bar area which is marvelous, and a 1600 degree broiler
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Cheryl Batts, Vivian Flowers Pamela Smith, Andrea Lewis

Clarice Miller, Joyce Willis Janis Kearney, Frank Scott, Jr.


Friends and supporters of the Celebrate! Alvin Roy, Garbo Hearne
Maya Project gathered at the Clinton
Presidential Center for an evening that
celebrated the 2019 Spirit of Maya Award
recipients as well as the organization’s
5th anniversary. Each year, the group
commemorates the legacy of Maya
Angelou – who promoted education, the
arts and civil + human rights. This year’s
honorees are Garbo Hearne and the
late Beulah Flowers. Proceeds support
scholarships and educational workshops
for youth poets and writers.

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Lester & Melanie Scott, Joyce Elliott, Sherman Tate


Senator Joyce Elliott welcomed guests Whit, David & Riley Montague
to the Chenal Country Club to celebrate
Raye Jean Montague (posthumously)
as this year’s recipient of the UA Little
Rock Fribourgh Award. The award honors
contributions to Arkansas education,
specifically mathematics and science.
Recognized for her leadership in American
history and credited with the rough draft
design of the first U.S. Naval ship using
a computer, Montague is the first African
American recipient.The evening generated
$65,000+ for the Dr. Raye J. Montague
Scholarship Endowment.

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