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Brittney Carrington
Hot Springs Heart Ball

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Junior Departmental Luncheon

Scholarship Gala Reception

Barbara Jean Fashion Show

Dazzle Daze

Salvation Army Luncheon

Cattle Baron’s Ball

First Hotze House Reception

ACT What Matters Most

Sweethearts Tea

Reigning Cats and Dogs


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AR Black Hall of Fame Gala 44 Jonathan Looney - KUAR/KLRE
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Hawgs for a Cause Charities of Arkansas

Festival of Trees
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Ice on Ice 52 Dining Review -

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Brittney Carrington works at National website design
Park Medical Center and devotes time to
countless organizations that improve the Matmon Internet, Inc.
lives of Arkansans. Next month, she will
welcome patrons to the Hot Springs Heart photographers
Ball, commemorating the American Heart
Association’s continued mission fulfillment Rett Peek
work. Sarah Oden
Lori Sparkman Photography
Susan Miller finds time + energy to boldly Dero Sanford
care for families who rely on the Ronald
THIS SENTIMENT reflects the McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.
enduring optimism of The Greatest And Jonathan Looney, who is recognized
Generation, which my grandparents helped as one of the best sommeliers in the Capital
comprise. Their steadfast confidence in the City, shares his love of national public radio
future inspired me to always BE BOLD. at this month’s Block, Beer and Bourbon in
As Americans, we bid farewell to another support of KUAR/KLRE. Want more fun +
remarkable member of this era last month adventure in the pages of Inviting Arkansas?
and were reminded of the life + legacy It’s a guarantee - cheers to the new year!
defined by public service.
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The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation celebrated its
annual induction ceremony and welcomed guests to the
Doubletree Hotel ballroom for an elegant evening of festivities.
Honorees include Kevin Cole, Brent Jennings, Lt. Gen. Aundre
Piggee, Florence Prince, Darrell Walker and Mary Louise
Williams. Proceeds from the gala support the Black Hall of Fame
Foundation’s work – providing grants and funding to Arkansas
communities for educational and economic development. The
foundation also promoted its commemorative book.

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Centennial Bank presented the 10th annual Hawgs for a
Cause and welcomed more than 350 friends and patrons
of Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled
for an evening of “hawg wild” fun. Highlights included live
entertainment by The Marchese Hendricks Project, BBQ from
the “Big Frank” grill and a live auction. A loyal supporter of
AEDD, Little Shaneyfelt Marshall received the Craig O’Neill
Champion for a Cause award for its unwavering commitment
to the organization. Proceeds support programs + services
for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Chairmen Jennifer Day and Shelia Vaught welcomed
approximately 2,400 guests to this 42nd annual three-day
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celebrate the resilient spirit of cancer survivors and remind
constituents that CARTI joins in each family’s cancer journey.
The festival generated more than $425,000 to support
CARTI’s compassionate patient care and services.

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FOR NEARLY a century, the American Heart Association has been a relentless force for a world filled with longer, healthier lives. And with
more than 150 offices nationwide, AHA is one of the largest advocacy platforms for heart health – providing education and public awareness to
generations of families. The annual Heart Ball is hosted by AHA chapters across the country and commemorates the organization’s continued
mission fulfillment work. As the Hot Springs Heart Ball celebrates nearly two decades of success, Brittney and Hunter Carrington will welcome
patrons to an evening that remains steadfast in its unwavering commitment to improving the cardiovascular health of all Arkansans.

A native Arkansan, Brittney’s education and career path - along with Hunter’s work as a physician - have landed them in cities around the state.
They moved to Hot Springs five years ago when Hunter joined Health Star Physicians and Brittney considers it “the best decision” for their family.
With a heart for service, she recognized the opportunity to volunteer in the Spa City as an ideal way “to become more involved in the community
and meet new people.” She adds, “It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the small town atmosphere with big city amenities… the adventure
never stops.”

Brittney’s natural charisma + charm helped her settle into Hot Springs and she has established a solid reputation for her civic leadership. A
former RN, she works at National Park Medical Center as Director of Growth & Outreach where the welfare of fellow Arkansans is paramount.
While also an active member of the Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs and the Garland County Circle of Friends, her finite focus is this year’s Heart
Ball. “Being in the healthcare industry and knowing that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, it’s become a top
priority to help raise awareness and support prevention of the disease. The American Heart Association funds more cardiovascular research than
any other U.S. organization after the federal government, and events like the Heart Ball help generate more funds for more research.”

This year’s ball promises “fun and excitement” with an elegant cocktail hour and live entertainment. A highlight of the evening is the formal
presentation of the Sweethearts. Established by Kathryn and Paul Russell in memory of their daughter Caroline, the Sweetheart program offers a
unique opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors to participate in a comprehensive program designed to teach heart-healthy initiatives
and cultivate civic responsibility. “The education component of the American Heart Association’s mission is one of the organization’s greatest
contributions to heart disease prevention, which is 80 percent preventable. The Sweetheart program is an example of this education in action –
providing these young ladies with vital information to live a heart healthy life that they can share with friends and family.”


Photography by SARAH ODEN

Hair by Thunder Crump with Face Your Day Salon
Makeup by Haydon Howard with Face Your Day Salon
Dress from Unveiled Bridal Collection | Coat from Fletcher & Bensky Furs
Earrings from Jones & Son Bridal & Diamond Fine Jewelry

Shot on location at 12 Star Flats

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Brad Burleson, Sus Wright Brittney Carrington, Stephanie Tucker Miranda Collier, Shelly Koller, Ashley Brown Stacy Daniell, Charlene Simon, Jasen Daniell

Jeani Fisher, Tina Bradley Maurine Miller, Pat Switzer, Becky Ward Reagan Mitchell, Andrew Willett, Emily McPherson Wilda & Clyde Hughley

Janie Campbell, Sean Mullinex ICE ON ICE Gefer Sims, Monte Dilick Bess Sanders, Mary Moore

Hosted by the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce at the
Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, this 13th annual holiday
celebration touted an exclusive opportunity to win one of
four half-carat diamonds from Lauray’s the Diamond Center.
Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from the chef at the Arlington,
entertainment and a Diamond in the Ice signature cocktail. A
portion of the proceeds from the evening benefit the Project
HOPE Food Bank. Project HOPE Food Bank provides healthy
and affordable food options to 45 agencies – including food
pantries and feeding programs – in West Central Arkansas.

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Becky Steel, Angela Anthony Greg Mabry, Victoria & Debra Wells

Carolyn Bradford, Inge Rogers, Dee Graham


Hosted by the 100 Block of Central
Avenue in Hot Springs, this festive
shopping extravangza showcased
incredible, unique items at discounted
prices. Guests enjoyed fun, food and
goodies from The Villa, The Little
Jewelry Box, Kringles in the Park,
Kollective Coffee & Tea, Fat Bottom
Girl’s Cupcake Shop, Faith & Flair
Boutique, Uptown Apothecary, and

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THE SURPRISE proposal happened
at Taylor’s family farm, in a tent

behind the silo. “Clay claimed a baby
calf had just been born and I needed
to see it. Instead, our parents were
there to celebrate the engagement,”

Taylor remembers.

Hamp Williams
June 16, 2018 Building in Hot
Taylor is the daughter of Gay & Talmage Rosel, Jr. of Cabot. Springs, Taylor
& Clay chose the
Clay is the son of Tami & Kenneth Murphy of El Dorado. location for its
Taylor is a certified occupational therapy assistant with character and
history. “We loved
Incite Rehab and Clay works as a physical therapist for Elite that the ceremony
Therapy & Fitness. The couple resides in Conway.
and reception were
THE FIRST LOOK together – with no
“Clay turned around to see me and I just travel required,”
giggled - no tears! We waited six years for that
moment, it was surreal and wonderful.” Taylor notes.

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by Chris Norwood, AIFD, CFD, PFCI Vice President by Myka Lyles and Lorrel Lyles, Owners

YOUR WEDDING is the first big step you and DANCING INTO 2019, it feels like a never
your soon-to-be spouse will take to show family ending Christmas with all of our gorgeous
and friends your own personal style. With all Spring 2019 styles arriving every week from
eyes on you, your dress, and your flowers, this is our designers! No matter your style there is
your chance to create a statement celebration something this season for you, whether that be
that you and your loved ones will never forget. simple, boho, traditional or over the top. We
have crafted a list of some of the trends you will
Whether it’s an be seeing for 2019.
intimate gathering
or a sizable affair, MINIMAL
Tipton & Hurst’s Royal inspired, this season we
experienced and are seeing many gowns with
talented team of elegant, clean lines which fea-
floral designers and ture the double princess seams
event coordinators with covered buttons down the
can help you bring back. Paired with this timeless
your vision to life. style, we are seeing a variety of
We know you have necklines such as boat, halter
ideas for your perfect day: the gorgeous colors, the exquisite setting, the look and the classic off the shoulder.
on your guests’ faces as they arrive. Rest assured that our highly decorated Think traditional, chic with a lot
team will make your wedding-day dream a flawless reality. To schedule a of opportunity to have fun with
personal consultation, please call our Tipton & Hurst events coordinator at accessories!
THIS YEAR’S FLORAL TRENDS Fuller skirts (a-line and ballgown) with fabrics such as lace and tulle are a
classic that have definitely made an appearance this season! With this full
- We’re seeing a shift from the all-white weddings brides have chosen for skirt, you will see a range of necklines such as a plunging v neck and strapless.
the past few years to a multicolored approach. Recent popular hues are
blushes and pinks with hints of aubergine and eggplant, accented with BACK DETAIL
creams and whites. Back detail on a gown is
- More freeform organic looks are created with natural foliage, including everything. In bridal, a
textures that may even be found in the backyard. This “Southern Garden” detailed back has been going
style is currently in vogue. strong for several seasons
- The most popular flowers for 2019 are dahlias, ranunculus, and anemones now, but what you can expect
with a base of classic hydrangea and garden roses. in 2019 is a mix of illusion
- With Pantone’s announcement of “Living Coral” as the 2019 Color of the backs, detailed lace and
Year, we’ll no doubt see this color creep into fresh flower arrangements. delicate buttons!
Coral pairs beautifully with shades of pink, cream and soft green.
HOLY SPARKLES Whether the gown has
“secret” sparkle, which
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beaded tulle providing
the perfect amount of
shimmer, or encrusted
crystal appliques
through the gown, we
are definitely seeing
a lot of sparkle this
season and we love it!




YOUR WEDDING day is celebration of friends by Amy Hester, Owner
and family, so get the party started with Mayday
by Midnight. From classical to hip-hop and rock A RADIANT appearance is a must for wedding
& roll, this four-man band can provide music day bliss. That means hair and makeup
for the ceremony and cocktail hour in addition should appear effortless much like the lovely
to the reception. Let Mayday by Midnight help celebration. Preparation shouldn’t begin the
create memories that last a lifetime. Here are day- of! Start planning early to ensure your look
a few things to consider when booking your is wedding ready! The team @red have all the
wedding entertainment: elements to assist in achieving a flawless look!
A little advice to feel and look your best:
Consider every aspect of the entertainment – not just availability and music MAKEUP
genres. Budget is paramount and can be determined by number of band Event makeup will always
members as well as special requests. Deposit and refund policies should also improve photography,
be discussed. effect, and attitude! For
makeup prep consider
DETERMINE THE DETAILS enlisting the experts @red
Entertainment should have broad for engagement photos,
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reception shows. Make any song helps the bride feel
requests clear (and in writing) and pampered, and camera
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day. Music sets the atmosphere Artist Susy Melendez.
for wedding reception fun and
should reflect the couple’s personal PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
preferences and style. Find the perfect Hair and makeup trials are essential for the wedding day glam with an added
wedding band that will get guests (and WOW factor. Schedule consultations with enough time to make
keep them) out on the dance floor. adjustments. Bring inspiration (photos, mood board, Pinterest) as well as
LET’S PARTY looks to avoid – it will give the stylists a better sense of your style.
Communicate your expectations - live music can make your wedding day a
totally unique experience, so hire a band you trust and let them make the HAIR
day extraordinary and unforgettable. “Flawless bridal looks require great planning and love,” says Red Stylist Juli
Waits. The perfect hair color should happen 1-2 weeks before, possibly hair extensions for added volume and or length, and scheduling regular
treatments for added shine.

If thinking about that sun-kissed glow, try a custom airbrush tan two days
before. Radiant skin takes time, so begin a skincare routine a few months
prior to wedding festivities. Try
inviting your bridal attendants
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And remember...healthy eating,
exercise and H2O reduce stress
and improve general well-being.
Remember it’s your best day,
breath, smile and have fun!

Headshot by Meredith Melody
Wedding photo by Christopher & Nancy Nolan
Hair & Makeup by Juli Waits and Susy

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by Cindy Hudson Webb, Owner by Pam Cyphers, Rental Manager

FRANCIS M. Fine Jewelry located in downtown FINDING THE perfect party location tops
Conway is a jewelry boutique in which store the wedding planning list. It creates a festive
owner, Cindy Hudson Webb wanted to bring atmosphere that beckons Southern hospitality
the feel of a French style boutique to Arkansas. and illustrates the personal style of the couple.
“We want our clients and friends to receive over There are a variety of venues across the city,
the top customer service, from gift wrapping and the Junior League of Little Rock Building
to delivery to taking private appointments that meets the most discerning bride’s important
work with that client’s schedule.” We strive to let considerations. Here are few to keep in mind:
people know how important their business is to
us, we know there are many choices out there. CAPACITY
Be sure the venue can
THE LATEST RING STYLE accommodate your guests and
With engagement rings, we get party plans. Is it large enough
requests for anything from the for tables, bars, dancing and
popular oval shaped diamond more? Ask to sneak a peek of an
in a white gold solitaire to rings upcoming wedding reception
with amethyst center stones or related event. Constructed
and black diamond accents on at the turn of the last century,
the sides. In past years, most the Junior League of Little Rock
everything we do is custom Building has a historic grand
made and usually the customer staircase and ballroom with
has a style in mind but we are various floor plans.
always there to guide you in the
decision process. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Sullivan Photography

What I advise our engaged couples to do for wedding bands is to shop The ideal venue should offer safe
together. That way they both have input and get the finger size correct. The and ample parking. It’s a convenience
days of “matching sets” are all but gone and we have ladies that like to stack guests expect. If parking proves to be
bands of different styles with their engagement rings. And with men’s bands.. an obstacle, consider a shuttle or bus
well, let’s just say your betrothed may surprise you with what he chooses. to transport guests. Use of the newly
There are so many options available now. remodeled parking lot adjacent to the
Junior League of Little Rock Building
BRIDAL PARTY GIFTS is included for weekend and evening
I love the thoughtful ways couples choose to thank their bridal party. And events.
you can get creative here with monogram necklaces, custom made pearl
bracelets as well as many other ideas. The gentlemen have great options Photo courtesy of Lindsey Sullivan Photography
too, engraved cuff links, money clips or even pewter flasks are always
popular. For mother of the bride or friends, we love to sell a beautiful six CATERING / BAR SERVICE
pence for the traditional bridal shoe for the big day!
Some venues restrict catering and bar service providers.
When deciding on a jeweler, This can significantly increase the costs and interfere with the complete
I believe it is important to go
with someone local and an plan for a reception. Ask the right questions:
independently owned store.
That way, you can speak to - Are there any catering / bar service guidelines?
the owner and form personal
relationships. You will not - Does the kitchen facility offer warming and cooling options?
only get personalized service,
but you will end up with - Is there a corking fee?
something unique and not just
one of a thousand other rings The Junior League of Little
just like it.
Rock Building welcomes a long
list of licensed caterers and
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bartenders with no additional

corking fee.

For more than a century, the

Junior League of Little Rock

Building has played host to

many of the biggest, boldest

events in the city. Contact the

rental manager to book your

event and add your memories

to the legacy. Photo courtesy of Joel Photography

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Photography by MEREDITH MELODY

Dancers: ZEEK WRIGHT & DEANNA STANTON with Ballet Arkansas

Hair by THUNDER CRUMP with Face Your Day Salon
Makeup by HAYDON HOWARD with Face Your Day Salon
Shot on location at the Junior League of Little Rock Building

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Beverly Beck, Ed Bearss, Stacey Hurst Dabney Pelton, Julie Moncrief, Debbie Shea Nikki Lawson, Ed Bethune, Sharon Ursery OLD STATE HOUSE

Hosted by the Old State House Museum,
this year’s annual supper featured
renowned United States Civil War
historian Edwin Cole Bearss on General
Pat Cleburne of Helena – the Stonewall
Jackson of the West. Proceeds from the
evening support the Old State House
Museum’s programs and exhibits –
Cabinet of Curiosities, A Piece of My
Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans and the
First Ladies Gown Exhibit.

Don’t see your photo?

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Jim McClelland, David Bridgforth

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Come see what everyone is talking about!

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Chairmen Cindy & Bob Fields, along with
Sarah and Joseph Falasco, welcomed
friends of Wildwood Academy of Music
and the Arts to Chenal Country Club
for an evening of dinner, drinks, and
Bob & Cindy Fields

Sarah & Joseph Falasco

Sarah & Jeremy Ables

Tifany & Harry Hamlin, Melissa Thoma

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FROM USHER to AC/DC, Tragikly true to its vision and has consistently been had the privilege to play literally hundreds
White has been bringing classic dance recognized as the best band in Arkansas by of weddings and corporate parties around
songs to enthusiastic fans around the readers of the Arkansas Times. “Obviously Arkansas,” Rick explains. “We always make
Mid-South for 25 years. Rick Martin, lead that is a huge honor for us,” Rick notes. sure those people have the time of their
vocalist, started the band with bassist- “On the national circuit we are known as lives. It’s our honor to be there for them.”
vocalist Jimmy Tomlinson, guitarist- ‘that dance band from Arkansas.’ We are
vocalist Tim Reed, and drummer Michael very proud of where we’re from and we With 25 years invested in the
Smith in 1993. At that time, he noticed love our fans.” The band has played at community, the band supports countless
that there weren’t a lot of cover bands almost every venue in Arkansas, noting organizations in Central Arkansas -
doing dance music and decided to take the that each one has its own charm. including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
initiative. “This was in the middle of the American Red Cross and American
grunge phase, so people looked at us like Throughout the years, Tragikly Cancer Society - and has been the featured
we were crazy at first,” Rick recalls. White has been the headliner for music entertainment at hundreds of events and
festivals with more than 10,000 people in fundraisers. “We are always happy to do
Despite the initial response from wary attendance, but they still enjoy playing whatever we can to give back to the people
audiences, Tragikly White has remained smaller, more intimate events. “We’ve also who have given us so much.”

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Larry Stone, Millie Ward Charlie Groppetti, Todd Smith Cathy Browne, Brandon Mills, Renee Shapiro Chip Murphy, Buddy Harding, Win Rockefeller

Donna & David Cone Christian Hickingbotham, Rachel Ireland, Whitney Smith, Dianne Ross, Cathy Alexander, Rosemary Prather Sandra Storment, Van McClendon
Hayden Hickingbotham, Matthew Smith
Jack Easby-Smith

Hosted at the Capital Hotel by friends and family, this evening
introduced Woman & Children First patrons to the 2019
Woman of the Year Susan Hickingbotham. The Woman of Year
Gala, on Feb. 16, generates support for Women & Children
First and its mission fulfillment work - empowering women and
their children to live free from domestic violence.

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Susan & Herren Hickingbotham Connie & Ed Bennett, Susan Brown

Mark Lee, Terri & Chuck Erwin Natalie Rockefeller, Cindy Murphy, Joseph Goellner, Elizabeth Andreoli, Ralph Broadwater & Terry & Karen Masching, Lynn & George O’Connor
Rachel Harding Anne Jansen Broadwater

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This annual event brings the lights and Brian & Angie Davis Joel & Erin Tvedten Rush Harding, Tiffany & Daniel Robinson
entertainment of Las Vegas to Little
Rock for a night to benefit Women &
Children First. Chairman Erin Tvedten
welcomed guests to Cache restaurant
for casino-style games and cocktails as
well as friendly competition. Proceeds
of $25,000 support Women & Children
First and its mission to empower women
and their children to live independently
and free from domestic violence by
providing crisis intervention, safe shelter
and support services.

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Mollie Palmer, Lisa Brumley Melody Sugg, Bethany Howell Terral & Cathy Gammill, Bob & Ginny Shell, Allison Nelson Lindsey Simmons, Jensyn Hallett

Bailey Faulkner, Laura Eddins Heather Buckley, Kathryn Russell, Sharon Lanier, Paul & Linda Leopolous, Joe Griffith Scott Carter, Susie Shinn
Georganna Huddleston, Bill Gray Joyce Taylor


In celebration of National Philanthropy Day 2018, the
Association of Fundraising Professionals Arkansas Chapter
hosted its annual luncheon to recognize civic leadership and
philanthropy in Central Arkansas. The 2018 honorees include
Ginny & Bob Shell, Kelly Fleming, Diana Smithson, Anne
Marie Coy, Friends of Ozark Mission Project, Hot Springs
Heart Ball Sweethearts Program, Thea Foundation and AR
Federal Credit Union. Kathi Jones was recognized with the
Lifetime Achievement Award and Inviting Arkansas received
the President’s Award.

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Emily Piechocki, Rodney Showmar Enid Olvey, Ashlie Hilburn

Shannon & Kelly Fleming Jill Bobo, Lauri Currier Karen & Britt Skarda, Brittany Lord Debbie Grooms, Chris Shenep, Christine Gronwald

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JR DEPARTMENTAL Becky Whelan, Erin Whelan-Butler Cathy Hooker, Ginny Shell, Myra Hyde

The Little Rock Junior Departmental Club
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 performances
and commentary by Michael Eubanks,
saxophonist and vocalist. Proceeds from
the luncheon benefit Learning Disabilities
Association of Arkansas.

Barbara Vogel, Katherine Fakouri
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Mary Cameron, Ginny Kurrus, Michael Eubanks, Kathryn Peacock Paula Jennings, Cheryl Owens, Wanda Harnuss Kimberly Newton, Tammy Simmons
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PcelUebrBatiLngIC RADIO

THE 2ND annual That’s a lot of people
Block, Beer and Bourbon whose lives are affected
event celebrates the by public radio in a
power of public radio meaningful way.”
and provides additional
funding for KUAR/ The Corporation of
KLRE-FM (89.1/90.5) Public Broadcasting
– the Central Arkansas established NPR in
affiliates. The evening 1970 to supplement
showcases beer and content to the nation’s
bourbon as well as noncommercial and
fellowship with fellow educational radio
patrons. Jonathan stations. Today, NPR
Looney, the proprietor reaches 30 million
of O’Looney’s Wine & listeners weekly through
Liquor, will present his more than 1,000 public
picks for enjoying the stations. During this
best of both libations time of increased media
and shares his love for fragmentation, relevant
these listener-supported and accurate journalism
radio stations. is diminished. “Public
radio programming
A Little Rock native, enriches our quality of
Jonathan depends on life in Central Arkansas
public radio as his as an important part
most trusted source of Central Arkansas’
of information and the cultural landscape,”
connections it creates. Vanessa explains.
“I discovered This
American Life while I was working in Fayetteville and started tuning into the Block, Beer & Bourbon
Northwest Arkansas affiliate regularly,” Jonathan remembers. “I was, and still am, offers an opportunity to bring friends of KUAR/KLRE together for camaraderie
such a fan that I helped bring that program onto the Central Arkansas affiliate.” and the connectedness that is at the core of the public radio mission. “Because
we’re broadcast radio, most of our interaction with listeners is on-air, but Block,
Jonathan recognizes the imperative role that KUAR plays in the Capital City. Beer & Bourbon is a chance for listeners and supporters to meet and interact face-
“KUAR enriches our community and the shared stories of our lives. Most public to-face with the voices they hear on-air,” Vanessa notes. Jonathan adds, “Events
radio stations are affiliated with a university and it’s a vital partnership with like Block, Beer & Bourbon attract the well-established public radio listeners
UA Little Rock.” Development Director Vanessa McKuin adds, “Our small-but- as well as folks who are simply interested in good beer and bourbon. It’s the
mighty team works incredibly hard to provide news, information and insights to perfect introduction to ‘why public radio matters’ and how accessible it is for all
the 80,000 people each week who tune in to KUAR for news, music and culture. Americans to be better informed.”

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Bob & Martha Snider Julie & Bill Bridgforth Ed & Connie Bennett, Rachel & Nate Binkley Alan Cochran, Jose Vazquez



Each year, this gala celebrates the rich Jesse Hargrove, Raphael Lewis Orville Abrams, Sylvia Flowers, Robert Blue, Valeria Goldston, Roderick Smothers,
history and academic achievements of Frank Scott Jr. Lisa Menzies-Earvin, Jesse Trice
Philander Smith College and its mission
fulfillment work to make education more
accessible to all students. Gala guests
enjoyed dinner, dancing, and an evening
in support of Philander Forward – the
college’s mission of helping deserving
young minds to a successful college
education and the promise of a fulfilling

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Ashly & Dakota Doman Charles King, Mary Louise Williams, Ronald Newsome, Tionna Jenkins, Etta Carter, Harry Roberson, Carolyn Davidson
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Thomas Blackmon and Bill Hartnedy


IT IS difficult to attend a non-profit auction in Central Arkansas without seeing someone from Blackmon Auctions onstage working with the
crowd to get that extra dollar raised. Since the early 1980s, Blackmon Auctions has been doing auctions for charities around the state including
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, CARTI, Our House, the Rep, Easter Seals, Man of the Year, Catholic High School, Episcopal Collegiate, Ducks
Unlimited, and many more.

Tom Blackmon, one of the pioneers of the non-profit auction, lived by his motto that charging to do charity auction is counter-intuitive to helping
a charity. The Blackmon auctioneers have preserved his principle of giving back to the nonprofits in the community. Blackmon Auctions was created
with the belief that they should give back to those who devote their lives to giving, so they have and always will volunteer their time to these vital
organizations. Thomas Blackmon Jr. and Bill Hartnedy both feel that professional auctioneers are a rare find and knowing that they can use their
talents to help others is the most rewarding part of their work. Thomas says that God has blessed him and his family with a wonderful life and that
helping others is part of his responsibility as a Christian.

Each year, Thomas and Bill do around 25 non-profit auctions. With heavy work schedules and almost 100 real estate and equipment auctions a
year, time for non-profits has been tough to carve out. But, Blackmon Auctions has always found time to give back to the community and continue
the tradition that was started 40 years ago.

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By ALEXIS NALLEY CHOCOLATE FANTASY BALL | Saturday, February 9| Statehouse Convention Center |

Photography by SARAH ODEN

RONALD MCDONALD House Charities of Arkansas
is one of the most notable nonprofit organizations in Little
Rock. What started as a six-room house in 1980 has grown
into a nonprofit that assists more than 1,100 families annually
through the Ronald McDonald House as well as the Ronald
McDonald Care Mobile. Inspired by the foundation’s mission,
Susan Miller joined the Board of Directors in 2006 and has
fulfilled many additional roles. From mentoring fellow patrons
and encouraging staff to her leadership roles, Susan’s heart is
invested in this “home-away-from-home” for Arkansas families.
For her unwavering commitment, Susan will be honored at this
year’s Chocolate Fantasy Ball.

Susan is a partner at BKD, LLP and currently serves on
the RMHCA Board of Directors as well as its Executive
Committee and Development Committee and is encouraged
by the strength of the families Ronald McDonald House
helps. “Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas’ focus
of providing a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families whose
children have been sent to Little Rock for life-saving medical
care inspires me to do more, give more, and serve more,” Susan
explains. “We have amazing donors, volunteers and staff who
work hard to help the organization fulfill its mission. I consider
myself very fortunate to have been involved for the last 12

The work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of
Arkansas spans beyond the 32,000 square foot home adjacent to
Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Executive Director Janell Mason
elaborates, “We not only have the Ronald McDonald House
that keeps families close to their critically ill child at Arkansas
Children’s, Baptist Medical Center or UAMS, but we also have
the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a 40-ft mobile clinic that
provides free dental care and education to underserved children
in their own neighborhood.”

The Chocolate Fantasy Ball is the sweetest and most delicious
annual event in the Capital City. This “Eat Dessert First” gala
features more than 6,000 pieces of delectable treats, a live and
silent auction, a multi-course dinner and entertainment. “It’s
a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…a sweet evening with
your sweetie,” Janell jokes. Proceeds from the gala support
RMHCA operations and continued work throughout Central
Arkansas. “Susan’s dedication to our mission, and the families
we serve, is unparalleled. Every day we are inspired by her
leadership, strategic thinking, and focus on the success of our
organization. All of this, combined with her generous financial
support and more than a decade of involvement, make Susan
the ideal honoree for the 2019 Chocolate Fantasy Ball.”

It’s the remarkable resilience of the families that come to
the Ronald McDonald House that keeps Susan devoted to the
organization. “It warms my heart to help keep families together
in a time of need when it is so important to help in their child’s
healing process and favorably impact outcomes,” Susan explains.
“To be able to alleviate the worry of food, shelter and comfort
by providing the Ronald McDonald House means so much to

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Hair by Taylor Harris with Joels
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Guests gathered at the Capitol Hotel Janell Mason, Diana Smithson Susan Miller, Debbie Scanlon Toni Thrash, Marsha Kitterman, Sheri Collazo, Mary Rankin
for an evening of glamour and giving.
In partnership with Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Arkansas, Barbara
Jean hosted a runway show for an
exclusive look at the holiday’s hottest
styles. All proceeds benefit Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Arkansas
- an organization dedicated to enhancing
the lives of children and their families by
creating and supporting programs that
directly improve the health and well being
of children.

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Amy Neumeier, Kate Hoopchuk Ashleigh Hilton, Megan Shoptaw Alesha Arnold, Jennifer Reed, Carrie Jones, Tonya Keith Cheryl Brown, Carol Miller, Claudia Falcon

Cheryl Hill, Sarah Johnson Pam Sums, Becky May, Karen Davis Beth Fahr, Courtney Utley Reynolds, Ginny Hogue, Kristen Ford, Melissa Gates
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Chairmen Sheila Isby and Amy Reed welcomed guests
to Dazzle Daze - Conway’s holiday premier shopping
extravaganza. The 15th annual event showcased holiday gifts
to give + get from more than 75 merchants as well as an
exciting raffle for a convertible Ford Mustang. Proceeds from
the three-day event support Conway Regional Health System
and the comprehensive health care services it provides to the
communities of North Central Arkansas.

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Carolyn Dunbar, Annie Gates Elvis & Katie Opris Lori Ross, Joanna Nabholz, Marla Hambuchen Jennifer Turner, Lana Reynolds, Jeannie Ratliff,
Lindsay Brown

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