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YEARS #cheersto10years #10yearsandstillhere HERE WE ARE CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF 3W MAGAZINE.

Here we are celebrating 10 years of 3W Magazine. It has been a labor of love and filled our heart’s desire – to help others and be self-employed, while allowing us to start our own families.

We founded 3W Magazine as a way to fulfill a need in our community – provide a comprehensive calendar of all the nonprofit event dates in Northwest Arkansas. In 10 years we’re not so much calendar coordinators anymore as we are event planners and consultants for community giving. We joke that we’ve morphed into life coaches, rather than publishers. Ten years ago we started the magazine with aspirations to build a better community, hence our tagline, inspiring a culture of giving. We thought we could do hard things and believed in ourselves – we’ve heard this is the first true secret of success. We kicked things off in the fall of 2008 right as the great recession hit. We made less than half the amount of money we thought we’d make, but still, it was a profit. It may not have been a perfect 10, but we believe our ideas have always been worth it. We’ve never had investors, just the two of us and a passion for giving back. We champion women who support other women because becoming a mom while building a business is hard. We started out as business partners and became best friends in the process. But we’re more than business partners; we’re family.

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3W Magazine is published annually by High Heel Productions, LLC. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from 3W Magazine© 2018. All rights reserved. We at 3W Magazine make every effort to ensure the accuracy of event information. However, you should always call ahead and confirm the date and time. *Special thanks to Tesori and Fairlane Station *Page 19 Photo Credit: View of Walker Landing and lower pond from the overlook; photography by Dero Sanford. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

We took a risk and weren’t afraid to work hard. We hold the titles not only of CEO, but custodian as well. Ten years with an entrepreneurial spirit is not about being the best; it’s about being better than you were yesterday. The true impact we’ve had hasn’t been with the product we’ve created or business we’ve built, but rather the relationships we’ve formed. We’ve worked 100-hour weeks for ourselves so that we don’t have to work 40 hours for anyone else. So who inspires us? You do. Who’s helped shape our community through their philanthropy? You have. So many people give their time and funds to Northwest Arkansas nonprofits and causes, and we are thankful for every single one of you. From founding philanthropists (read about them starting on page 19) to individuals who give back and make the future of this charitable region the best place to live and work, thank you for inspiring us. For 10 years we’ve traded off weekends with time spent at galas and growing our precious families. Thank you for supporting us from the beginning and allowing our dreams to come true. From our family to yours,



January 27



Northwest Arkansas MLK Council

Literacy Council of Benton County

Scholarships will be awarded and local individuals will be honored for outstanding community service at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more information, visit

Compete against other Scrabble teams and enjoy live and silent auctions, raffles and more. For details, visit

1/27 - 4/29




Scott Family Amazeum

American Heart Association

Making a stop at the Scott Family Amazeum, this touring exhibit is a behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling world of racing and investigates the scientific process for designing super-fast cars. It includes hands-on experiences, authentic race gear and captivating memorabilia that will engage families in the process of experimenting with speed, power and performance using Hot Wheels cars and track as their tools. For more information, visit

This “party with a purpose” at the Fayetteville Town Center brings together philanthropic young professionals in support of AHA’s mission: building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. Must be 21 to attend. For more information, please visit


CABARET Walton Arts Center

Northwest Arkansas MLK Council Recommitment Banquet Bonnie and Gary Crain with Cynthia Nance

Leave your troubles outside, and enjoy some of the most memorable songs in theater history with this Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart when the world loses its way. For details, visit




FREE TAX SERVICE INITIATIVE United Way of Northwest Arkansas

United Way’s Free Tax Service Initiative is designed to help hardworking families in the Northwest Arkansas area who qualify with free tax preparation and financial literacy. For more information, visit

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)

Enjoy the sounds of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas with this concert, featuring Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 2 with SoNA Principal Horn Bruce Schultz as soloist, Satie (orch. Debussy), Gymnopédie No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Italian. For tickets, visit


PRINCESS FOR A DAY Pagnozzi Charities

Pamper your little princess with makeup, crafts, photos with her favorite fairytale princesses and more at Pagnozzi’s annual Princess for a Day. For details, please visit 10

Literacy Council of Benton County Scrabble Wars Jon and Courtney Fitzgerald, Heather Hays and Ed Wheeler

February 2


Teen Action & Support Centaer

Jackson L. Graves Foundation


All in for Teens is NWA’s casino charity event benefiting Teen Action & Support Center. For details, visit




Razorback Foundation Red Tie Gala Cole and Morgan Peterson

The Afternoon of Fairytales invites children and the youngat-heart to enjoy fairytale themed crafts, food, music and guests from a faraway land. For details, please visit


Ooh La, La! features an evening of fine dining, fine wines and gourmet chocolate. Chef Miles James of MJ Pizzeria and Jason Willems of Diamond Beverage Group create a one-of-a-kind experience with chocolate infused into every course. For more information, please visit


MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Enjoy a night of food, drinks and dancing to end domestic violence. Visit for details.


NWA WINE OPENER Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Experience an evening of food and wine tasting with live and silent auctions at the John Q. Hammons Center. For more information, visit




Razorback Foundation

Enjoy a night of bidding on unique silent auction items, dinner and celebrating the accomplishments of student-athletes. For details, visit

Arkansas Public Theatre

Mel Brooks’ comedy film is now a hilarious musical. Winning a record 12 Tony Awards, it’s a must-see show. For tickets and more information visit


KICKOFF PAR-TEE The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

This family-friendly Super Bowl watch party includes multiple game viewing areas, music from Kix104, a silent auction, games for kids, and tailgating food and beverages. For details, visit



This Tony Award-winning musical is about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. For more information and tickets, please visit


St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School A Knight to Remember Mark and Erin Lewis and Meg and Mark Kreuter

Our mission is to empower women and enhance their lives. In Northwest Arkansas, we’re doing that by sponsoring the American Heart Association, Bentonville Film Festival, Arkansas Public Theatre, Network of Executive Women, and more. Learn more at

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BEAVER LAKE POLAR PLUNGE Special Olympics Arkansas

Join plungers at Beaver Lake for Special Olympics Arkansas’ largest polar plunge. Participants that don’t want to plunge can opt for a “Chickened Out” shirt in lieu of jumping. To register, visit


FIESTA FUNDRAISER St. Joseph Catholic School

Enjoy a fiesta themed dinner benefiting St. Joseph Catholic School. For details, visit



Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Crimson & Cream Ball Rachel Johnston, Tiffany Hughes-Butler, Letitia Johnson, Aterra Lowe, Stephanie Adams and Catandra Johnson Williams

Chase Family Foundation

Chase the Blues Away is a fun-filled evening at the Fayetteville Town Center that includes a wine pull, silent auction, music and food prepared by amazing chefs. For details, visit


MASQUERADE BALL Walton Arts Center

Grab your mask for an evening of live music, live and silent auctions and much more. Please visit for more information.


A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

A Knight to Remember at Embassy Suites features a great night out with silent and live auctions, music, dancing, specialty drinks and much more. For details, email



Havenwood’s signature event includes silent and live auctions, a guest speaker and more. For more details, visit


ARTS RISING Arts Center of the Ozarks

Celebrate Arts Rising at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in downtown Springdale. Join and support this annual event and invest in the power of art to help our communities thrive. Learn more at


GO RED FOR WOMEN American Heart Association

This luncheon at the John Q. Hammons Center includes a purse auction, women’s expo, guest speaker, health screenings and more. For more information, visit



Join the Children’s Safety Center at the Chancellor Hotel for the Partners Plus Prevention Breakfast. You’ll hear from honored guests and learn more about the center’s programs. For more information, please visit


CRIMSON & CREAM BALL Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Northwest Arkansas alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host its annual Crimson & Cream Ball benefiting multiple scholarships. For more information, visit

Jackson L. Graves Foundation Ooh La, La! Angie and James Graves





OCCUPATION: CEO of The Duley Group/Director of Growth for HRG BIO: As CEO of The Duley Group, Mike leads by example, working hard to ensure his team maintains a laser-like focus on customer satisfaction. Always smiling and exuding a passion for people, Mike is madly in love with his wife Cody and two adorable daughters, Evelyn and Sinclaire. He grew up in Miami and attended Florida State University. He now calls Rogers home, and while he’s understandably obsessed with the Seminoles, this naturalized Arkansan is also more than proud to call the Hogs whenever he can! PERSONAL STATS: You can count on Mike to have an infectious smile every time you see him. He exudes joy and has a zest for life. He’s one of the most positive people we’ve ever met. His hobbies include real estate, college football, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. His ultimate goal is to connect others and pay life forward. He and Cody have a chalkboard in their home and when friends come to visit, they get to sign it, leaving a little bit of inspiration behind with a quote or personal anecdote. Anyone who truly knows Mike will tell you he makes life more fun. CURRENT PHILANTHROPIC WORK: Longtime board member for the American Diabetes Association, sponsor of a room at Arkansas Children’s Northwest and general cheerleader of all things doing good PAST INVOLVEMENT: Kiss a Pig candidate for the American Diabetes Association; part of American Cancer Society - Real Men Wear Pink; chairperson for Paint the Town Red; business school mentor at Florida State University; helped with Junior Achievement, a middle school program to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy; Razorback Foundation sponsor; and Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O’ Night Divine Charity Ball sponsor DEVOTES: 10-20 hours each month to giving back WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County and the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter MOST MEMORABLE PHILANTHROPIC MOMENT: Winning Kiss a Pig in 2009 and raising $40,000 for the American Diabetes Association in eight weeks INSPIRATION FOR GIVING: “I’ve been blessed with good health, a great family and wonderful friends. I don’t ever want to take that for granted. Great mentors and leaders have invested in me, and I simply want to ‘pay it forward’ however I can.” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: He biked 100 miles to raise money for the American

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Trike Theatre

American Diabetes Association Kiss a Pig Gala Julie Joyce

Laughter & Libations features a night of comedy, games, dinner, cocktails and more at the Record in downtown Bentonville. For more information, please visit


RENT Walton Arts Center

This musical follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams. For tickets and more information, visit


ORCHID SHOW AND SALE Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

This event includes orchid displays with judging and awards, orchid sale and mini classes on orchid selection and care. For more details, visit


STARLIGHT GALA Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The Starlight Gala is a night of elegance and entertainment. Proceeds from the Starlight Gala will enhance the lives of abused and neglected children. Visit to learn more.


HAAS VEGAS Haas Hall Academy

Join Haas Hall Academy for the first-ever Haas Vegas casino night and live auction at the Record in Bentonville. The fundraising event includes blackjack, Texas hold ‘em, roulette, craps and an auction of everything from sports memorabilia to vacations. For more details, visit




Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

This family-friendly fundraiser helps to improve the lives of lowincome families by changing public policy. Guests enjoy varieties of soups, breads and desserts donated by local restaurants. Learn more at


YOUTH OF THE YEAR Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

Youth of the Year is a celebration of Boys & Girls Club of Benton County’s outstanding youth. For more information, please visit


GIVE KIDS A MIRACLE TELETHON Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Thanks to donors like you, countless brave children and their families have been touched by Arkansas Children’s. To make a donation or learn more, visit


AAO CORPORATE GAME DAY Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)

Spend a day of team building and friendly competition. Events include dodgeball, volleyball, relay challenges, a quiz bowl and more. For details, visit



Students at the University of Arkansas host this 12-hour dance marathon to raise funds for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. For more details, visit

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County Youth of the Year Kelly and Stephen Beringer

“I LOVE THAT WE’RE ALL A FAMILY AND IT FEELS LIKE HOME.” WHEN POOJA RETURNS FROM FIGURE SKATING NATIONALS FOR THE THIRD TIME, she knows she’ll be greeted by a group of friends. “They’re all supportive about my skating and excited to see how I’ve done. I feel really proud that they care about how I do.” THE NEW SCHOOL IS A SPECIAL PLACE where students are given the freedom and opportunities to grow together in a supportive environment of learning and discovery.  “I love that we’re all a family and it feels like home. Over the years you learn how to interact with each other more. I was really shy when I first came here, but ever since I got to elementary, I started opening up to everyone.” Teachers here strive to instill this confidence and match it with dynamic teaching so our students are prepared to tackle anything.   NOW, POOJA LOVES A CHALLENGE. She’s a decorated figure skater, a talented violinist, loves algebra, can do 80 pushups and is ready to master piano.

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American Diabetes Association Kiss a Pig features fine cuisine, live and silent auctions, and entertainment as community leaders vie for the chance to kiss a pig to thank it for producing the first source of insulin. For more details, visit




Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Join the campaign to kick off April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Enjoy a hotdog lunch at the Northwest Arkansas Community College before placing pinwheels at locations across Benton County to represent each confirmed child abuse case. For details, visit

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Soup Sunday Blake McGilton, Chelsea Penn and Chuck Simmons


Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)


Experience team building and your own March Madness at this 3-on-3 basketball tournament at AAO P. Whitaker Sports Center. For details, visit

The Spark Foundation

The Cow Paddy Run is a 5K and 1K fun run at Gulley Park hosted by The Spark Foundation. Proceeds support innovative educational projects in schools through the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation. For details, visit



3/30 - 4/8

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)

Hear the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas perform Pops, featuring your favorite music from the Hollywood big screen. For tickets and information, please visit



This luncheon celebrates the successes of Life Styles, Inc., clients, staff, volunteers, employers and the Northwest Arkansas community. For details, visit

LIVING ON LOVE Arkansas Public Theatre

Sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways with this delightful romantic comedy. Tickets and information are available at



Join in the fight against premature birth and supporting programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. To register and for more information, visit



ALS Association invites you on a trail ride in Huntsville to celebrate the life of Janet Glenn and help in the fight to end ALS. For more information, visit


ART WITH AN ALTITUDE KITE FESTIVAL Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy high-flying fun for the whole family at the Art with an Altitude Kite Festival. Bring your own kite or make one on-site with the experts from KaleidoKites. For more details, visit



NWA Fashion Week highlights designers, artists, boutiques and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired creative community in Northwest Arkansas. For details, visit 24

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Starlight Gala Erica and Chad Zubriski


Who inspires us? Who has helped shape Northwest Arkansas through their philanthropy? There are so many people working to make our community a better place to live that we’ve been able to publish a magazine for 10 years recognizing their devotion to charity. Within these pages we celebrate many of those who have given their time, talent and treasures.

the Waltons


“The philanthropic work the Walton Family Foundation does today is rooted in one of Sam and Helen’s core principles – the unshakable belief in the power of people to transform their lives. They were incredibly bold philanthropists – a trait passed down through younger generations of Walton family members who are shaping the foundation’s mission today.” - Kyle Peterson, executive director of the Walton Family Foundation “If we work together, we'll lower the cost of living for everyone ... we'll give the world an opportunity to see what it's like to save and have a better life,” Sam Walton said during his acceptance speech for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. It was then that he articulated what would become Walmart’s official company purpose. Sam Walton was born in 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and he married Helen Robson in 1943. The Waltons moved to Bentonville in 1950, and opened Walton’s 5&10 on the downtown square. After the success of this store, he opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers. In 1970, Walmart became a publicly traded company, and the first distribution center and Home Office opened in Bentonville in 1971. Walmart is now the largest retailer in the world. Each week, more than 260 million customers and members visit the 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. In 1987, the Walton Family Foundation was founded, and it exists independently of the Walmart Foundation. The foundation has continued the philanthropic vision started by Helen, who passed away in 2007 and Sam, who passed away in 1992. In 2017, the Walton Family Foundation celebrated 30 years of family philanthropy. Carrie Walton Penner, granddaughter of Sam and Helen, said on the Walton Family Foundation blog that her grandparents knew the power of opportunity. Some of the Walton family’s namesake philanthropic efforts in Northwest

Arkansas include the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center in Bentonville, Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization for all to enjoy. Philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, daughter of Helen and Sam Walton, led the Walton Family Foundation’s founding of the museum, and she serves as the chairwoman of museum’s board of directors. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on Nov. 11, 2011. According to the Crystal Bridges blog, brothers Steuart and Tom Walton — grandsons of Helen and Sam — are spearheading the Walton Family Foundation’s development of a visual and performing arts venue. Both have served on Crystal Bridges board of directors, cultivating their interest in American art with support for their hometown. The brothers are working hard to revitalize downtown Bentonville with partnership in Ropeswing Hospitality as well as the city’s Market District, where Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food is located. “Our family is committed to giving back to the place where we grew up,” says Steuart. “Surrounded by urban trails and new culinary offerings, this concept will complement our work in Northwest Arkansas – raising the quality of life for all residents, especially the millennial generation.”

the Walkers


“Partners in every aspect of life, together Willard and Pat touched the lives of thousands of Arkansans with their generosity.” - Mandy Macke, executive director of the Walker Charitable Foundation Another notable philanthropic family in Northwest Arkansas is the Walkers. Pat and Willard Walker met in 1941 while working at the SH Kress department store in Coffeyville, Kansas, and they married May 3, 1942. In 1959, Sam Walton hired Willard Walker to manage Walton’s 5&10 in Fayetteville. Walker became a cornerstone of the company and was a major stockholder. Even as their financial portfolio grew, the Walkers shied away from the spotlight. The couple established the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation in 1986. Mandy Macke, executive director of the foundation, said Willard and Pat supported many different causes and organizations, but their giving was simple: help people reach their full potential. Some of the first recipients of their giving were Springdale Public Schools, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas, Walton Arts Center, The Jones Center and Washington Regional Medical Center. Over the years, the Walkers gave their time, money and support to many organizations in our community. This was done through their commitment to serving on boards, attending local fundraisers, direct monetary giving to immediately impact the people most needing help in their community and through strategic large impact grants, allowing organizations in NWA to expand accessibility and programming and create long-term change. “Willard and Pat were everyday people. They were genuinely humble philanthropists in the purest sense of the word. They wanted to help their neighbors without any recognition in return,” Macke said. “It wasn’t until recipient organizations convinced Willard and Pat that if people knew

of their support, the organization would actually benefit more. Willard and Pat were committed to the residents of NWA and wanted to ensure the continued opportunities to improve the quality of everyone’s lives." Willard passed away in 2003. Until Pat’s passing in 2016, she continued an active role on the foundation board. “Today, we exist to honor the legacy of our founders through charitable giving and to promote the virtues of integrity and generosity that characterized their lives,” Macke said. “It is important that the funds Willard and Pat were blessed with and have chosen to share in a philanthropic way with those around them are managed and granted with the highest degree of stewardship.” The Walker Charitable Foundation is dedicated to providing support to nonprofit organizations that promote health care, education and humanitarian causes. “Without quality health care, education and equal access to all community based programs, it is a challenge to reach your full potential,” Macke said. Willard and Pat Walker were philanthropists for three decades, and their foundation has given away more than $100 million to Arkansas charities in the past 15 years alone, Macke said. The couple’s strategic planning has enabled the continuation of that good work for years to come. “The legacy they have left behind will hopefully continue to encourage future generations to be more engaged in the improvement of their community,” Macke said.

the Joneses


“I want the people of the community to realize that The Jones Center is not just for me, but for everybody … and to be part of it; because I want this to go on for years and years when I can’t be here anymore.” - Bernice Jones Harvey and Bernice Jones spent their entire lives giving back to the Northwest Arkansas region they loved as well as the entire state. Their shared values of humility and compassion were expressed through their many contributions to improve the health and education for all in the region and the state. Harvey founded the largest private trucking business at that time in the United States, Jones Truck Lines. Harvey and Bernice were instrumental in the establishment of the Springdale Memorial Hospital, now part of the Northwest Health System, said Brandi Holt, advancement specialist at The Jones Center. After the hospital opened, the Joneses contributed to the establishment of its Coronary Care Unit, constructed a hotel facility for families of patients and invested in eye care equipment. The couple remained lifelong supporters, both serving on the hospital board of directors. Following Harvey’s death in 1989, Bernice helped establish the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS, and founded the Harvey and Bernice Jones Chair in Developmental Pediatrics and the Bernice Young Jones Chair in Ophthalmology to help further medical education in the state of Arkansas. In the early 1930s, Harvey and Bernice came to the aid of the Springdale Public Schools as they were being forced to close due to lack of funding, Holt said. The Jones family rented a church, hired a teacher and purchased school supplies. They continued to support the school system

with the establishment of a scholarship foundation, donation of land for Jones Elementary school construction and the donation of the system’s first classroom computers. In Bernice’s later life, she established the Harvey and Bernice Jones Learning Center at the University of the Ozarks as well as the Bernice Jones Endowed Chair in Community at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. In 1994, Bernice Jones created the Jones Trust to provide Quality of Life for families across Northwest Arkansas. Her most notable contribution is The Jones Center, the 220,000-square-foot recreation and education center in Springdale, which opened the following year, providing the region’s first indoor leisure pool and ice arena. The Jones Center was built from the original Jones Truck Lines terminal facility after its closing. When The Jones Center opened in 1995, Bernice knew that in order for it to thrive, the center would need community involvement. Bernice passed away in 2003, but she and Harvey’s legacy lives on. Today, the Jones Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that owns and manages a total of four regional facilities including The Jones Center, The Center for Nonprofits at the JTL Shops and The Harvey Jones Education Building, all located in Springdale, as well as The Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s in Rogers.

the Hunts


“The people of Northwest Arkansas helped make J.B. Hunt what it is today, and through our blessings we have been able to give back to the community.” - Johnelle Hunt When it comes to generous, hardworking families in Northwest Arkansas, there’s another name that continues to pave the way – the Hunt family. Mrs. Hunt has often been quoted as saying, “To whom much has been given, much is expected,” and she continues to live out this motto every day. Johnelle DeBusk Hunt was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas, and met Johnnie Bryan (better known as J.B.) Hunt when she was a junior in high school. The couple were married 55 years, until J.B.’s passing in 2006, and blessed with two children. In 1961 the couple sold their home and took out loans to start a rice hull packaging operation. By 1969, the Hunts bought five trucks and seven trailers to found J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., what has grown to be one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. The company is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas, and since its initial public offering in 1983, it boasts $6.6 billion in sales, according to Forbes Magazine. In 2016, J.B. Hunt was posthumously inducted into the Supply Chain Hall of Fame (alongside Henry Ford and others) for his industry-changing handshake with the railroads where he pioneered intermodal transportation – a risky business decision at the time to transition trailers to railways. Although she retired from the trucking company in 2008, Johnelle’s entrepreneurial spirit continues as she manages Hunt Ventures – the

group who is primarily responsible for the conception and development of the more than 700-acre project in Rogers known to locals as Pinnacle Hills. In 2014, Johnelle donated six acres of this land to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) and has given more than more than $8 million in cash and property to Mercy Health System Northwest Arkansas. Since J.B. passed away, Johnelle has stayed actively involved in the development projects and companies that were started by Mr. Hunt. Most recently, she is a principal in Sage Partners Real Estate Solutions and has constructed Northwest Arkansas’ newest cemetery, Pinnacle Memorial Gardens, along with the accompanying 3,000-square-foot Hunt Chapel – something that J.B. always dreamed of completing but never got to see it to fruition. Johnelle says for her and J.B.’s personal philanthropic efforts, giving to their church has always come first, followed by health care and education. She is on the advisory board for The Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute as well as a founding executive board member of the Ozark affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Johnelle said her current philanthropic efforts include Arkansas Children’s Northwest, The New School and Arkansas Game & Fish Nature Center. “Any investment in the community, whether it is health care, education, jobs or real estate development, enhances the area,” she says.

the Tysons


Mark Cochran, vice president of agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, Barbara Tyson, Cheryl Tyson and John Tyson at the dedication of the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences Nov. 16, 2017

"The corporation has to be in society, to be a good neighbor, and to do its work within a social setting. … Tyson Foods believes that, if we don’t take an active part in the community, we won’t deserve a place in it very long.” - Don Tyson Tyson Foods, Inc., is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership – continued by John’s son, the late Don Tyson, and now grandson John H. Tyson who is board chairman – Tyson Foods is headquartered in Springdale. As a company, Tyson Foods has worked with major hunger and disaster relief organizations to create awareness of hunger through the KNOW Hunger campaign. It has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein since 2000. In 2015, the company committed to investing $50 million in cash and protein by 2020 to fight hunger. Locally, Tyson Foods has been a longtime supporter of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, donating more than 7 million pounds of protein to the food bank. The Tyson family is also quick to personally give back to Northwest Arkansas. In 2014, the Tyson Family Foundation gave $2 million to The Jones Center Endowment Fund. "The Tyson and Jones families were very close for decades,” John Tyson said. “They worked side by side in downtown Springdale for many years to make this community a great place to work and raise families. Bernice Jones’ magnificent gift of The Jones Center plays a major role in continuing that tradition of strengthening our community. We are

delighted to make this endowment gift because it will help ensure that the important work and mission of The Jones Center will continue for decades to come." Tyson Foods also gave a $1 million donation for operating costs in December 2015 and a $750,000 donation to the center in August 2016 for the interior renovation and expansion of its fitness center and food court area. The family has also given significantly to the University of Arkansas. The Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences was dedicated in November 2017. Construction of the new building was stimulated by a $5 million gift from Tyson Foods and the Tyson family to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. During a dedication ceremony for the new 54,000-square-foot building, John Tyson pledged an additional $1 million toward the expense of furnishing new laboratories in the center. The new research center is the first building to bear Don Tyson's name, John Tyson said. "Dad refused to let the company or the family put his name on a building as long as he was living," Tyson said. "We felt it was important to recognize Dad's contributions to agriculture in Arkansas and his relationship with the Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas."

The Future


What does the future hold for philanthropy in Northwest Arkansas? It’s the significant gifts from our Northwest Arkansas founder families that help continue making Northwest Arkansas a great place to live and work. The Tyson family and Tyson Foods recently made an investment in the Northwest Arkansas region with a gift of $15 million for the construction of Arkansas Children’s Northwest. “A children’s hospital in Northwest Arkansas has been a dream of this community for more than a decade,” said Barbara Tyson, a member of Tyson Foods’ Board of Directors. “We are honored to be a part of this historic project.” This gift represents the largest single contribution in Arkansas Children’s history. It establishes the Tyson Family Tower at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The tower will anchor the new facility, which will include 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, diagnostic services and clinical space.

“To have the Tyson name attached to this project demonstrates what an impact this facility will have on the area,” said Marcy Doderer, President and CEO of Arkansas Children’s. “It's a testament to the outstanding legacy of this remarkable family and company." On the forefront of health care expansion is Mercy Hospital. Mercy Northwest Arkansas has plans to invest nearly a quarter-billion dollars on capital projects and equipment over the next five years. Aside from

the Hunt family giving more than $8 million, Walmart has donated nearly $14 million to Mercy Hospital since 2004. The expansion in health care facilities and services comes with the creation of 1,000 new health care jobs. A huge win for Northwest Arkansas and Mercy Hospital is the establishment of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences community internal medicine residency program in partnership with the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The program will provide training to eight doctors the first year, growing to 24 doctors in three years. Northwest Arkansas is growing at a rapid pace with an ever-changing landscape when it comes to health care, education and cultural experiences. Places like the new Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center and Early Childhood Initiatives Center that broke ground in October 2017 will address the shortage of high quality childhood development facilities in the area, while providing essential training for early childhood development professionals. In addition, improving access to downtown parks and public spaces across the region has been a top priority for the Walton Family Foundation. In November 2017, the foundation announced grants totaling $3.6 million to help develop a “Quilt of Parks” in Bentonville and establish a 12-acre, interactive Cultural Arts Corridor in Fayetteville. Frisco Park in downtown Rogers will also get a new look and serve as a gateway to key amenities in the area, while Luther George Park in Springdale will expand to jump-start the city’s downtown master plan.

Rendering of the future Mercy Hospital building in Rogers

Procter & Gamble LEADING THE WAY

Another one of the biggest supporters for giving back in our area comes from the supplier community, and we would be remiss if we didn’t give credit to our vendor partners for all their philanthropic efforts. However, one company stands out as Procter & Gamble has been leading the charge since it’s been in Northwest Arkansas. The company has long been considered a best practice for giving, and others have followed suit. As the story goes, in 1987 former vice president of sales for P&G, Lou Pritchett, and Sam Walton took a canoe trip down the Spring River to discuss how to have a more streamlined approach to their business. The conversation was ‘How do you marry supply chains, finance and marketing?’ “They discussed improving communication and relationships, which led to the creation of the first P&G team in Northwest Arkansas,” says Tim Marrin, associate director of North American sales communications. “That was the start of changing the model of customer business development.” As other suppliers built their presence in Northwest Arkansas, P&G has remained true to its Fayetteville roots. The local P&G office has been led primarily by three team leaders since coming to Fayetteville starting with Tom Muccio who ran the office through 2002, followed by Jeff Schomburger, who now serves as P&G’s Global Sales Officer, and Mindy Sherwood, who has been leading the team since 2014. “Fayetteville was largely chosen as a place for the P&G office because there just wasn’t a lot of office space that existed in Northwest Arkansas at that time,” Marrin says. “This is where we call home, and we feel it’s our job to give back, get involved and help make Northwest Arkansas a great place to live and work for all of us.” The P&G team has long supported the Walton Arts Center, and Marrin recalls it was probably the local office’s first big donation made in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to the Walton Arts Center, The Jones Center and Crystal Bridges, you’ll find P&G supporting causes where it can make the biggest difference like women’s athletics, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity, the LPGA and United Way. In fact, on a per employee basis, P&G is the largest contributor in the region to the United Way. P&G is about to complete its first Habitat house and is breaking ground on a second. And 11 years ago, Pantene Beautiful Lengths started with 10 people donating their hair and now has more than 1,500 men and women donating their hair throughout the year at satellite hair cutting events to the final signature event taking place during the week of the LPGA. P&G has played a unique role in bringing the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G (LPGA) to life for the community.

Tim Marrin, LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis and Tia Jordan

“We’ve been amazed by how much the tournament has grown and been embraced by this community, and Pantene Beautiful Lengths has become synonymous with the LPGA tournament,” Marrin says.

Local Ladies


MAY WE BE THEM. MAY WE KNOW THEM. MAY WE RAISE THEM. We can’t begin to list all the local community members who give back, have given tirelessly to nonprofits or champion a cause that’s near and dear to their hearts. In light of all that’s going on in the world, we felt it appropriate to mention these few women who have made a difference in Northwest Arkansas. JO BUTTRAM, owner of Shirley’s Flower Studio, can be found “Petaling it Forward” on any given day. Jo and her team drive around Northwest Arkansas giving out two bouquets of flowers – one for the recipient and one for them to give away – as a random act of kindness to local drive-through windows. Shirley’s is a family-owned, thirdgeneration flower shop since 1975 and has donated more than $500,000 worth of flowers, not to mention time, to community nonprofits and events.

DR. MISSY CLIFTON founded Premier Dermatology in 2004. A Board Certified Dermatologist, she’s always on the cutting edge of skincare regimens and treatments. Along with being a board member of The Cancer Challenge and Mercy Hospital Neonatal ICU advisory board, she regularly gives free skin cancer screenings through Hope Cancer Resources, and served as the medical director this past year. Clifton is a sponsor of programming at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

LORI COLLINS invests her whole self when it comes to helping others. She has a passion for mentoring. Through Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville, Lori helps host “Dinner with Friends,” for the girls at Saving Grace. She’s a board member of Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County (vice president) and NWA Children’s Shelter, where she leads the Life Skills project helping teens. She and husband Steve can also be credited with inaugurating the Color of Hope gala some 10 years ago.

DENISE GARNER founded the nonprofits Feed Communities and Role Call. She’s also on the board for Washington Regional Medical Foundation, the Amazeum, Brave Woman, Mt. Sequoyah Center, the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute Advisory Board, the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the U of A Campaign Arkansas. She's also a member of Fayetteville Jr. Civic League and the U of A Women’s Giving Circle.

KAREN ROBERTS is the executive vice president and general counsel for Walmart where she’s responsible for handling all legal matters affecting the company in its domestic and international markets. Karen also heads department initiatives such as its Medical-Legal Partnership Program and its diversity and inclusion efforts. Karen also has served on the Bentonville Public School board and Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas board, where in 2017 she was recognized as volunteer of the year.

GISEL RUIZ is the proud daughter of two field workers and always remembers her humble, small town roots. As the Chief Operations Officer at Sam’s Club, Gisel dedicates time and resources to supporting people of color and women in the pursuit of their own American Dream. She founded and led diversity groups at Walmart. For more than 15 years she’s led mentoring circles, volunteered her time to development seminars and supported nonprofits with both time and treasure.

JADE TERMINELLA has never met an animal she wouldn’t help. In 2007, she cofounded Project Lovely to raise awareness and funds for the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and Spay Arkansas. Over the years, she’s adopted countless furry friends and spent hours educating others on spaying and neutering pets. As co-founder of Lola Boutique, Jade always gives back through product donations from the store. She has a heart of gold and passion for connecting people for life’s greater good.

TINA WINHAM is a leader in every aspect of her life. She rarely says no to giving back and we fully expect to be voting her in to public office some day. Tina’s a board member for Association of Junior Leagues International and Rogers Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of Circle of Red for the AHA and Little Black Dress Dinner Party for Dress for Success, a Crystal Bridges Artinfusion Advisor and member of March of Dimes Executive Leadership Team.

April 6


Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas

Join Girls on the Run for its Out-of-the-Box Luncheon and help Fayetteville Public Education Foundation support more local girls Celebration of Excellence in the upcoming seasons. Sara and Justin Eichmann Visit for more information.



St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

Slay the 5K is an evening run that will take place at Lake Atalanta in downtown Rogers. For more information, email



This event includes a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and relay starting on Emma Avenue in Springdale. For more details, please visit




ALES & TAILS Humane Society of the Ozarks

Enjoy an afternoon of of Ales & Tails featuring fresh Louisiana crawfish and samples of regional and local brews. For more details, please visit

American Heart Association

This noncompetitive walk is a great chance for your family, company and community to get moving and learn more about how you can live a longer, healthier life. To start a team or for more details, please visit




Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

SUNSHINE GALA Sunshine School & Development Center

Grab your boots and head over to Horton Farms for this country chic event. The evening includes a dinner and silent and live auctions. For tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit

Join Bass Pro Shops and Mercy at Top of the Rock for this event featuring golf, the Bass Pro Shops World Class Shooting Academy and more. Visit for more information.


THE BIG PARTY Fayetteville Junior Civic League

This year, The Big Party theme is I Love Fayetteville, and the event will be held at George’s Majestic Lounge. For more information, call Chandra Means at 501.607.1045.


CUPCAKES & COCKTAILS Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation

Join the Woodruff family in remembering the impact their son, Miller McNeil Woodruff, had on the Northwest Arkansas community. Cupcakes & Cocktails includes an evening of dinner, silent and live auctions, music and more at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. For more information, visit


Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation Cupcakes & Cocktails Tami Nowlin, Meredith Woodruff and Amanda Denson

COMMITTED TO OUR COMMUNITIES One of the ways Arvest serves the communities in which we operate is through the giving of our time and resources. Each year, associates across Arvest, our divisions and sister companies donate countless hours of their time in community service work—from volunteering in local schools to fundraising events; serving on nonprofit boards and committees to disaster relief. Below are a few examples of our dedication to our local communities. INVOLVEMENT IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Number of employees: 869 Volunteering: 5,857 hours 1 Million Meals: 534,315 meals & 23 food partners Small Business Loans: 54 loan approvals totaling $19.5 million

CORPORATE GIVING Community Development: $238,705 Education: $206,405 Arts & Culture: $30,880 Healthcare: $40,266

We understand that being a community bank means being a part of the community; a responsibility we take seriously. Wherever someone is working to make a positive difference in our communities, we are honored to support and work alongside them. Thank you for supporting us, and we look forward to serving you for your future banking needs.

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Saving Grace

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

The annual Butterflies & Blooms luncheon benefits the lives of the young ladies who call Saving Grace home. For details, visit

The Heroes Gala features a special evening of dining, dancing and honoring our nation’s military and first responders. For more details, visit





Restore Humanity

University of Arkansas STAR Central

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and wine pairings benefiting the organization’s work in Kenya. Tickets and information are available at

Take Back the Night is a march around downtown Fayetteville to raise awareness about sexual violence. For more details, visit





Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma Red Shoe Soirée Beau and Stephanie Medford

Washington Regional Medical Foundation

Hit the greens and support compassionate, high quality care for those in need. This four-person scramble features morning and afternoon flights. For more details, please visit

Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

The annual Cherishing Children Glow Run features family-friendly nighttime events, including a 1-mile fun walk, a 400-yard superhero dash, and a chip-timed 5K and 10K glow run beginning at the Frisco Stage in downtown Rogers. For more details, visit


CATS AT THE CASTLE FUNDRAISER Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

This fundraiser includes a gourmet dinner, desserts, beverages, live music and an auction at Castle Rogue’s Manor. Limited tickets available. For more details, visit


BIG BASS TOURNAMENT Pagnozzi Charities

Get out those rods and reels for the Big Bass Tournament on Beaver Lake to help open the door of athletic experience to disadvantaged youth. For details, visit


BLONDES VS. BRUNETTES Alzheimer’s Association

Teams of women divided by blondes and brunettes compete in a flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. For details, visit


UNGALA Scott Family Amazeum

The annual UnGala is not a typical soirée. This adults-only event features fun with science, food and drinks at the Scott Family Amazeum. For details, visit 36



This musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. For tickets and more details, visit


GOLF TOURNAMENT Horses for Healing

This annual golf tournament features a four-person scramble with morning and afternoon flights. Proceeds help provide therapeutic riding programs for individuals with special needs. For more details, visit


LIVE UNITED DAY United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Volunteers from across the region will give their time to complete projects at local nonprofits. For more information, please visit


RED SHOE SOIRÉE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma

Grab your red shoes and head over to this dazzling event supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Arkoma. The organization provides dental care for children and a “home-awayfrom-home” for injured or sick children and their families. For more details, visit



MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Candidates for Man and Woman of the Year engage in a 10-week fundraising competition in honor of local blood cancer survivors. Top fundraisers are announced at the Grand Finale at Embassy Suites in Rogers. For details, visit


PLANT SALE Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Shop annual and perennial plants at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. For details, visit


DOGWOOD WALK Humane Society of the Ozarks

Bring your dogs out for the Dogwood Walk at Fayetteville’s Gulley Park. This day of fun features dog contests, a family fun walk, face painting, photo booths and more. For details, visit


RACE FOR THE CURE Susan G. Komen Ozark

The Ozark Affiliate will host its annual Race for the Cure at Pinnacle Hills Promenade. Wear pink and your tennis shoes. To learn more, visit


EARTH THEATRE FESTIVAL Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Enjoy live performances of classic children’s tales throughout the garden. The event includes Earth Day craft booths as well as fun activities for families. For more information, visit


CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE Fayetteville Public Education Foundation This annual event held at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum celebrates the announcement of the foundation’s grant awards, Fayetteville High School scholarship recipients and the A.P.P.L.E. Award. For more information, please visit



Kick off Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month by placing pinwheels in three different locations in Washington County. Each pinwheel represents the number of alleged child abuse victims who received help at the Children’s Safety Center in 2017. For more details, please visit



Celebrate the services that WelcomeHealth provides with dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and a ceremony honoring a volunteer. For more information, visit



Celebrate your community college’s contributions to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in NWA. For tickets and more information, visit



Break down the stigmas associated with mental illness at the Walk a Mile in My Shoes sale. Donate new or gently used shoes and handbags then shop through the massive selection of designer items. For more information, please visit



The Promise Circle Luncheon is held to announce new grantees for the year as well as honor the top Race for the Cure fundraisers. For more information, please visit


GOLD RUSH RUN Bentonville Public Schools Foundation

The Gold Rush Run consists of a 5K and 1-mile run. Register and learn more at



In this six-week wellness series, participants get to hear from a different specialty doctor each Saturday. After each talk, the doctor will lead participants on a 1.5-mile walk around Wilson Park. For more information, visit


Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Heroes Gala Sarah and Sgt. Maj. Lance Nutt


ry, and Jennifer Necessa Barbara Newhouse, Jeff e and Brock Short Becky and Dave Schoew

Emily, Erin and Dina Graham

Jerry Ferguson and Judy Lewis

About 380 guests were in attendance for the inaugural ALS Legacy Gala Aug. 18, 2017, at the Record in Bentonville. Allison Blake, Laurin Zeeman, Regina Mackey and Shannon Rodriguez

The Legacy Gala honored Brian Graham, a former Sam’s Club associate who passed away in 2016 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, said Jennifer Necessary, executive director of The ALS Association – Arkansas Chapter, Inc. Sam’s Club was the presenting sponsor, and the event co-chairmen were Brandy and John Furner, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. The mission of the ALS Association is to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure. The Arkansas Chapter focuses primarily on helping local patients and families live with ALS while the National Office focuses primarily on research and advocacy, according to The Legacy Gala raised more than $135,000, and funds will help support ALS patients in Northwest Arkansas. Gala speakers included John Furner and Barb Newhouse, president and CEO of The ALS Association. Guests donned casual chic white attire, participated in a raffle for a $10,000 HOWSE makeover and design service, enjoyed entertainment provided by Madison Watkins and DJ Brock Short, and bid on silent auction items. The evening also included a live auction, featuring a $5,000 shopping experience at Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, a trip to Napa Valley, an LPGA experience and a guitar autographed by Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Necessary said Sam’s Club came up with the event idea as a way to honor one of their own and to keep his legacy alive in the community and association. “Brian’s request in his last days was for Sam’s and The ALS Association – Arkansas Chapter, Inc., to work diligently together to keep his legacy alive by continuing to serve people living with ALS in our community at the highest level,” she said.

Brian and Amber Clark

Kelsey and Daniel Sundara

Baffour and Sarah Asabere and Fay Meland and Alain Nzigamasabo

Jennifer and Mehrdad Akbar

Corey and Tiffany Ball

Finley Turner, Kathleen Davis and Barbara Newhouse Chase Coonrod, Kathleen Davis and Vayla Thomas

ALS is not only a physically debilitating disease but it is also financially debilitating to the patients with ALS and their families. Ace Rouse, Ally Carnahan and Alex Andelman

“Brian wanted to make sure that others living with this disease were helped in any way possible by all of us,” she added. The event will always be a Legacy Gala with Graham in the forefront, but in the future, the organization may honor individuals in the Northwest Arkansas community who are living with the disease, Necessary noted. Save the date for the next ALS Legacy Gala on Aug. 18, 2018. For more information, visit

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MARCY CAMACHO OCCUPATION: Senior Retail Development and New Business Manager at Nickelodeon

BIO: To say Marcy is a community advocate with a unique mix of vision, creativity and global operational expertise is an understatement. A native of Missouri, she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in communication. She lives in Bentonville with her husband Juan, and they’re expecting their first child, a boy, in February.

PERSONAL STATS: Marcy has never met a stranger. In the first 10 minutes you talk to her, she’s hugging your neck and connecting people with their passions for giving. Everything she’s involved with is done with a smile and over-the-top enthusiasm. She has the most positive attitude and is a local influencer when it comes to giving back. She’s also an adventure seeker. Marcy loves to be on the area trail systems whether hiking, biking or walking. Marcy is the ultimate creative-type too. You can find her making fun craft projects, trying new recipes and keeping up with the latest movies and independent films. CURRENT PHILANTHROPIC WORK: Founder of SWMO Trails; Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media Advisor; Bentonville Film Festival Foundation Board Member; volunteer for a bicycle playground for kids in Pineville, Missouri; original member of the Artinfusion Advisory Council at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; serves on the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center Development Coalition; and active board member and volunteer for Art Feeds PAST INVOLVEMENT: In 2009, Marcy founded her first nonprofit,

Project Green Space, where she led a team to help rehabilitate a dilapidated area of Pineville. Her passion for helping her hometown has been unwavering as she organized a bicycle playground for kids as well as multiple 5K run/walks in Pineville. She is constantly advocating for those less fortunate, especially children.

DEVOTES: 15 hours each month to giving back INSPIRATION FOR GIVING: “Philanthropy is part of me –

I feel that it’s our duty as citizens of a community to give back locally, whether that’s with our time, financial resources or some sort of action. The Harvard researchers write: ‘Happier people give more and giving makes people happier, such that happiness and giving may operate in a positive feedback loop.’”

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May 5

GREAT STRIDES WALK Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

JDRF Run for the Roses Hope Gala Carol Johnston, Tammy Stephens and Greg and Frisa Hall

Help raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development at this family-friendly walk in Springdale that will include food, music and activities. Visit for more information.


SPRING 5K EVENT Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas

This 5K event held in downtown Springdale celebrates all girls who participated in Girls on the Run during the spring 2018 season. Visit for more information.

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The Bentonville Film Festival was created to inspire action, gathering decision makers and content creators to collaborate under a united purpose: using media to represent a multifaceted world. The weeklong event includes panels, movies and more. For more information, visit

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Arkansas Public Theatre


This Kentucky Derby themed gala features live and silent auctions, dinner, mint juleps and more. For details, visit


A NITE AT THE RACES NWA Circle of Friends

Enjoy the excitement of the Kentucky Derby while raising funds for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Visit for more information.

The play is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary late governor of Texas. For tickets and more details, visit



Bring your kids to climb, explore and discover their favorite things on wheels. For details, visit

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)


MASTERWORKS III: LA BOHÈME This performance includes Puccini, Act I of La Bohème, with an internationally known cast of talented opera singers, and Strauss. For more information, visit

TOUCH-A-TRUCK Junior League of Northwest Arkansas



Bid on live and silent auction items, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and dance the night away at this all-school event hosted at the Chancellor Hotel. Visit for details.

Hope Cancer Resources


HEATHER RIDLEY-FLEEMAN BATTLE FOR HOPE Put on your running shoes in honor of Heather, who passed away from colon cancer in 2004. Proceeds provide compassionate, professional cancer support and education in the Northwest Arkansas region. Details are available at



MERCY GOLF CLASSIC Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

This golf tournament, held at Pinnacle Country Club, supports enhanced health care services across Northwest Arkansas. For details, visit

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Share a he Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) will celebrate its fourth year May 1-6, 2018. Founded by Academy Award-winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, Bentonville Film Festival champions inclusion in all forms of media. BFF is a yearlong platform culminating with an annual six-day festival. With support from founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola, as well as prize sponsors AMC Theatres, Lifetime, Starz and American Cinema International, BFF is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution to a select winner, according to the BFF website, Empowering more women globally is important to both Walmart and Coca-Cola. Why? Women are responsible for 70 percent of household purchases; are the world’s fastest growing economic force; and control more than $20 trillion of global spending. The six-day film festival draws thousands for films, panels and special events. Last year had record-breaking attendance, with about 75,000 seats filled. At the festival, guests were encouraged to attend a series of panel discussions related to the industry’s support of gender and diversity inclusion. Coca-Cola had a strong voice alongside Walmart at these discussions. Andrew Davis, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, spoke at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit on how “our diversity should be as inclusive as our brand.” Stuart Kronauge, President U.S.

Operations and SVP Brand Marketing, spoke at the festival’s opening ceremony as well as the inclusion panel called “Inclusion: Does that include me?” Diane Wallace, Vice President, National Retail Marketing, spoke at the future proof panel called “Progress vs. Perfection.” Coca-Cola distributed over 12,000 ice-cold samples of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite and Dasani. And the team brought back a fan favorite enabling 6,500 attendees to also personalize their own Coca-Cola cans with their name. New to the festival this past year was The Coca-Cola SoundStage at the Meteor Guitar Gallery. Coca-Cola and My Country Nation teamed up to feature nightly performances by musical artists Jewel, Jake Owen, Barrett Baber, Cassadee Pope and Brandy Clark. These nightly musical performances are planned to take place again this year as well. BFF will expand programming in 2018 and offer festivalgoers an opportunity to enjoy an advanced screening of a major studio release that features many strong female leads. There will also be an inspiring lineup of narrative and documentary films in competition, shorts and episodic content, and studio Spotlight screenings, according to the BFF website. BFF also will introduce its new Legacy Series, which will feature pioneering films that have changed the conversation. The Bentonville Film Festival has become a week of inclusion, celebration and community. It brings industry, art and mission together with the goal of inspiring young minds to do great things. If they can see it, they can be it!

Jewel performing at the Meteor Guitar Gallery

Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater

Stuart Kronauge, Kathy Waller and Amanda Whittaker

Kyle and Allisha Watkins with their children Ryleigh and Beckett





Enjoy breakfast and special guest speakers at Pinnacle Country Club to raise awareness, funding and support for families in Arkansas facing the challenges of ALS. Visit for details.


AIM WEEKEND Autism Involves Me

The weekend includes a golf tournament, walk and family fun day benefiting Autism Involves Me. Visit for more information.


HEART BALL American Heart Association

This annual gala held at the John Q. Hammons Center is a celebration of lives saved and communities changed in Northwest Arkansas. The 2018 class of Sweethearts will be presented during the gala. For details, please visit


HYDRATION CELEBRATION Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life

The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Celebration includes a youth run, a 5K run/walk and a duathlon. For more information, please visit



Join Open Avenues at the Spring Fling Golf Tournament & Luau. For more information, visit


THE SOUND OF MUSIC Walton Arts Center

The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences with its awardwinning score. For tickets, visit


GREENING OF THE GARDEN Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Kick off summer with drinks and hors d’oeuvres throughout the garden. Browse auction items and then gather under the tent on the great lawn for dinner. For details, visit



GOLF TOURNAMENT United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Join United Way for a golf tournament at the Springdale Country Club. For more information, visit


GARDENS ON TAP The Peel Compton Foundation

Guests will have the opportunity to sample beers while enjoying the 6.5-acre native tree and plant garden. For more information, please visit


MEN’S NIGHT St. Joseph Catholic School

The largest “guys only” night in Northwest Arkansas features a steak dinner, live and silent auctions, top shelf drinks and cigars. Tickets and additional information are available at


GOLF CLASSIC Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)

Enjoy an exciting day at the AAO Golf Classic and Par-Tee on the award-winning course at Shadow Valley Country Club and help support youth mentorship through the transformational power of sports. To register and learn more, visit


MOVING TOGETHER Arkansas Support Network

Moving Together will feature an inclusive 1-mile fun walk-roll-run, a paved 5K run and a 10K trail run at Veterans Park at Lake Fayetteville. Visit for more information.


CORPORATE APPRECIATION LUNCHEON Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County

Join the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County as corporate sponsors are appreciated for their continued support and dedication. For more information, visit

ALS Association Corporate Sponsor Breakfast Fre Breathitt and Greg Martin

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NUTTY RUNNER 5K The Spark Foundation



SKYDIVE FOR KIDS Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Featuring its namesake beer at every mile, the Nutty Runner 5K caters to those who want the chance to exercise outdoors, enjoy craft beers and give back to a local nonprofit. The race starts and finishes at Columbus House Brewery. For details, visit



Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation Tee Off for Taylor Wes and Ella Shelton

Bella Vista Foundation & Bella Vista Property Owners Association

This professional golf tournament at Highlands Golf Complex includes a practice for visiting players, Pro-Am party and tournament, golf clinic, long drive contest and a silent auction. To sign up, visit




This event includes a panel discussion with executives from various industries focusing their dialogue on topics pertaining to leadership. For details, visit

MOM BUT SO MUCH MORE FASHION SHOW Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

This fashion show at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers features local inspirational and influential moms, with all proceeds supporting the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. For more information, visit



The Cancer Challenge

ART OF WINE Walton Arts Center

Arkansas’ largest wine festival features hundreds of wines, amazing food and signature silent auctions – all benefiting Walton Arts Center programs. Visit for details.


AN ACT OF GOD Arkansas Public Theatre

In just 90 minutes, God answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation. For more information, visit


BARN DANCE Horses for Healing

Kick up your boots at the Barn Dance featuring dinner, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds help provide therapeutic riding opportunities for individuals with special needs in Northwest Arkansas. For tickets and details, visit 48

Jumpers are asked to raise funds and awareness for abused children in Northwest Arkansas and will have the opportunity to skydive at either Skydive Skyranch in Siloam Springs or Skydive Fayetteville. Visit for more information.

THE CANCER CHALLENGE One weekend, one community, one fight for one cause: it’s the annual Cancer Challenge. This premier charity event includes golf and tennis tournaments, trap shoot and 5K/10K run/walk. To volunteer, donate or participate, visit


CATFISH, CORNDOGS & CORNHOLE Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

If you like catfish, corndogs or cornhole, this tournament is just for you. Competitors get the chance to win $500 from throwing corn bags into a cornhole platform while enjoying an all-you-can-eat catfish fry. To register, visit


SUMMER SALSA EOA Children’s House

This casual summer party features Mexican food, festive beverages, live music and dancing, a salsa tasting competition and a unique silent auction. Learn more at

Committed to making Northwest Arkansas a better place to live and work for more than 11 years Beneficiaries have included: ALS Association of Arkansas Arkansas Children’s Hospital Arkansas State Golf Association Boys & Girls Club of Benton County Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville Brightwater Culinary School Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County Child City of Rogers Dream Big Experience Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas Goodwill Industries of Arkansas James Beard Foundation Mercy Hospital Foundation

Morgan Pressel Foundation Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Northwest Arkansas Council Northwest Arkansas Food Bank Pantene Beautiful Lengths Rogers Early Risers Rotary Club Rogers Public Schools Scott Family Amazeum South Central PGA Section The Cancer Challenge The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas Walton Arts Center

The #NWAChampionship will return June 18 – 24, 2018



FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Celebrate good music, great dads and a grand cause at the Father’s Day Celebration. Enjoy food, drinks, retail vendors, live blues music and fun activities for the whole family. Visit for more information.



One in three women will be affected by cancer in her lifetime. Many of these women will lose their hair. You can help by donating eight inches of your hair to create wigs for these women at Pantene Beautiful Lengths during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. For more details, visit

TEE OFF FOR TAYLOR Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation

Tee Off for Taylor includes a one-flight golf tournament and reception at Shadow Valley Country Club with silent and live auctions. For details, please visit


PATRIOTIC SUMMER CONCERT Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will perform a “Red White & Bloom” patriotic performance on the Great Lawn of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks from 7-9 p.m. For more details, visit




The biggest golf tournament in Northwest Arkansas hits the links at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The LPGA raises thousands of dollars for local charities each year. For more information, please visit

RED, WHITE & BABY BLUE Jackson L. Graves Foundation

Enjoy live music, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Proceeds help provide funding to improve the quality of life and care for neonatal and pediatric patients and their families in critical care situations. For details, visit




Saddle up to support local charities at the Rodeo of the Ozarks. Events include a parade and PBR bull riding. Visit for more information.


THE LONGEST DAY Alzheimer’s Association

The Longest Day is a sunrise to sunset event, symbolizing the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit


SPARK OF HOPE Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

Join the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas for the annual Spark of Hope where endowed scholarships are awarded. For information, visit



This two-day food festival celebrates the region’s best cuisines, restaurants and chefs, giving attendees an unparalleled culinary experience in their own backyard. For more information, please visit

The Cancer Challenge Tackle Cancer Tailgate Willie Jenkins, Carter Clark and Kerry Keilman




This two-day event includes a shotgun start golf tournament and an evening soirée featuring a cocktail hour and dinner. Learn more at


UNIQUELY CRAFTED Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas

Uniquely Crafted is a beer tasting event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks featuring local bites and Northwest Arkansas’ first ever brew mile. More details are available at


SUMMER GARDEN PARTY Washington Regional Medical Foundation

Join the Washington Regional Medical Foundation at the annual Friends of Hospice Summer Garden Party, featuring main stage entertainment, live and silent auctions, buffet options, dessert and more. For details, visit

ROGERS, AR est 2007


If not me, then who?

If not now, then when?


-Andre Moore

Meet Unilever employees Andre Moore, Emi Cardarelli and Tina Odom. See why they love working at Unilever and how they are personally giving back to the Northwest Arkansas community. Andre Moore (left) Emi Cardarelli (right) and Tina Odom (seated)

/ ANDRE MOORE / Customer Business Manager

How long have you worked with Unilever? Since August 2017 Why do you enjoy working at Unilever? Teammates: I am fortunate to be surrounded by peers who are the best at what

they do in the industry. Exposure to such excellence motivates me each day to continue to hone my craft, and be laserfocused on continuous self-improvement. Leadership: The privilege of having access to dedicated servant leaders like Marlene Creighton and Jim Breach cannot be overstated. These individuals epitomize that which I strive to achieve, unquestioned business savvy balanced with passion for and an unwavering commitment to the improvement of their community through service. Company Culture: It is clear to me that Unilever believes in the importance of connecting individuals to their purpose. The more deeply connected one is to what he or she is trying to accomplish, the more likely that person is to achieve it. In a constantly changing world, those who are intimately connected to their “WHY” are those who will consistently thrive, and in so doing, generate long-term and sustainable success for the organization. What is your involvement with nonprofits in the area? I’ve worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Benton County for a year as a Be Great/Graduate mentor, as a “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters for two years, and served as a Grace Point Church Student Ministry leader for eighth grade boys for the last five years. The common theme in each of these, and that which continues to drive me, is the opportunity to pour into young men of our community. Growing up, I didn’t have an organization or role model to help me navigate through life’s obstacles. Having to figure things out on my own had its benefits, but also led to several poor decisions. My hope is through the lessons that I’ve learned, I can help them avoid similar mistakes, recover from ones already made and instill in them the desire to help guide the generations that follow. Why do you believe it is important to be involved in your community? If not me, then who? If not now, then when? If each individual thinks it’s someone else’s responsibility, the task to affect change is too large or the timing isn’t quite right, then no change will ever take place. Be my circle of influence large or small, it is my belief that the ripple effect of having a truly positive effect on someone’s life cannot be measured. With tomorrow not promised, I choose to take that belief with me each day that I’m gifted with and into each interaction I’m fortunate enough to have.


Director, Walmart International & Sustainability How long have you worked with Unilever? Since September 2017 Why do you enjoy working at Unilever? As a working mother, Unilever has been extremely supportive. The family-first

mentality and willingness of all team members to offer help if ever needed is amazing. What is your involvement with nonprofits in the area? I am an advocate and big supporter of education-related initiatives. I believe in empowerment through education and am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Pay It Forward Foundation, serving since 2015. Pay It Forward Foundation is a private foundation operating with the intent of providing college scholarships to high school seniors from specific high schools. Currently, the Foundation provides recipients with up to $500 per semester to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, and room/board during the pursuit of their undergraduate degree. Students may attend any accredited two- or four-year, public or private educational institution in the U.S. The Foundation maintains a sole purpose: help others just as others helped us. Coupled with understanding the strong correlation between overall academic achievement and quality of life, the Foundation pinpointed education as the ultimate investment in our greatest resource - our children. Why do you believe it is important to be involved in your community? First and foremost, I believe in setting an example for my children to follow, then any others within my reach. Paying it forward is a good way to set off a chain reaction of good deeds.


Sr. Shopper Marketing Manager How long have you worked with Unilever? 11 years Why do you enjoy working at Unilever? There are so many reasons I love working at Unilever! The People: I have made so

many great friendships and I have learned so much from the BEST! The Brands: We have fun brands and brands with purpose and that makes every day both challenging and rewarding at work. The USLP: The Unilever Sustainable Living Program goes beyond business and truly sets Unilever apart. I am so proud of our commitment to sustainability. The Support: Unilever provides the agile support to get involved with my community and supports our efforts through matching gifts. What is your involvement with nonprofits in the area? I am a board member for Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center (HWCEC). I have served on the board for more than five years. The HWCEC’s commitment to ensuring children are their first priority is the reason I wanted to get involved. Many people are familiar with HWCEC, but they may not be as familiar with their arm that serves the broader community: the Early Childhood Initiatives Center (ECIC), where they are able to reach and provide support for nearly 500 childhood programs in NWA. The ECIC mission is to elevate early childhood programs in NWA so that all children age newborn to 5 years old have access to a high-quality early childhood education. Why do you believe it is important to be involved in your community? Being involved in our community is a way to give back. Being connected and making a difference is how I like to live a fulfilled life.



7/27 - 8/12


This event includes two flights of golf at Paradise Valley Athletic Club, followed by a celebratory dinner at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more information, visit




The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life in this vibrant musical parable. Please visit for more information.

Children’s Safety Center Dream Big Gala Kara Dearien, Sarah White and Emily Rappé Fisher

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life

Support proper hydration and prevention of heat illness at the Beat the Heat Summer Swing golf tournament at Springdale Country Club. For more information, please visit


GOLF CLASSIC Christopher’s House

This is a four-person scramble golf tournament benefiting Christopher’s House. For more information, please visit


DREAM BIG GALA Children’s Safety Center

Experience the eclectic feel of a 1920s carnival featuring live circus acts, music, carnival games, food from local restaurants, signature cocktails, and live and silent auctions. For more information, visit

BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA


Enjoy bowling, pizza, raffles, camaraderie and fun as you support youth mentoring. For details, visit

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks


FIREFLY FLING This family-friendly summer festival includes a magical evening of live music, food trucks, face painting and much more. For more information, visit



Communities come together to remember loved ones, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer. Register at

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life


BEAT THE HEAT COACHES LUNCHEON Kick off Heat Stroke Awareness Month at the Beat the Heat Coaches Luncheon at the John Q. Hammons Center and learn from the Mercy Coaches Clinic about the importance of hydration in sports. For more information, visit

26 & 28

KIDS & ALS NIGHT ALS Association

Kids Night at Madison County Rodeo will be from 5-7 p.m. July 26. ALS Night, also held at Madison County Rodeo, will be at 7:30 p.m. July 28. For more details, visit




Join Ozark Guidance for the annual Reinert Cup Classic. Proceeds support counseling services for Northwest Arkansas families. To register and learn more, visit


BEACH BINGO BASH Elizabeth Richardson Center

Enjoy a fun, casual event featuring exciting games of bingo, prizes, tropical food and drinks. Visit for details.


At The Duley Group, we’re not just passionate about real estate. We’re also grateful for every opportunity to serve our community. It’s a privilege to support the families of Northwest Arkansas

Learn more at or call us at 479.616.HOME anytime.


The American Heart Association had a busy 2017 with several fun events to bring awareness and raise funds in support of cardiovascular disease and stroke research. The year kicked off with the annual Paint the Town Red on Jan. 21 at the Fayetteville Town Center. More than 12,000 guests enjoyed music by Barrett Baber, sampled foods from 15 local restaurants, participated in a mobile auction and wine pull, and helped raise $235,000, said Serena Munns of the American Heart Association – Northwest Arkansas. Paint the Town Red is an evening of fun and passion, bringing community and philanthropic young professionals together in support of the American Heart Association’s mission: building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The next event was the Go Red for Women luncheon, which featured special guest Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Since its inception in 2004, Go Red For Women has shared survival stories and elevated awareness of heart disease and stroke as the number 1 killer of women. More than 1,200 women in attendance at the luncheon were able to participate in free health screenings provided by Northwest Health, bid in a Purse-onality auction, visit vendor booths and receive health information, Munns said. The American Heart Association then invited people to take part in the Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk on April 8. The Heart Walk is a free, family-friendly event open to the public, and activities include the walk, interactive CPR area and vendor expo. More than 12,000 people participated, raising more than $1.3 million to support research and lifesaving education through the American Heart Association, Munns noted.

Miss America Savvy Shields and Debbie Alsup

Barrett Baber

Annie Walker, Tracy Harlow and Laurie Smalling-Letts

Gina Minton, Katie Sperry, Lauren Wheeler and Melissa Ramirez

Diana Marshall, Debbie Alsup and Marybeth Hays

Heather Fox, Emily Rector, Tori Bush, Sabra Rochell and Amber Forga

Julie Knight, Celia Boon, Nancy Cozart and Shirley Esch

Denise Natishan, Haley Starks and Kristen Carney

In May, the association hosted the annual Northwest Arkansas Heart Ball, which raised more than $560,000 to support research, education and advocacy to combat cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The event featured six local performers in the Heart of a Rockstar Lip Sync Battle, along with silent and live auctions, dinner and the annual Sweethearts presentation. For more information on the American Heart Association and its events, visit Tara Gleisner, Debbie Alsup, Bob Wiltz, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Patrick O’Brien and Debbie Sonnentag

SAVE THE DATES FOR 2018 AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION EVENTS: PAINT THE TOWN RED - Jan. 19 at the Fayetteville Town Center | GO RED FOR WOMEN - Feb. 27 at the John Q. Hammons Center HEART WALK - April 14, adjacent to the AMP | HEART BALL - May 12 at the John Q. Hammons Center
















DR. BRYAN HARVEY OCCUPATION: Pediatrician at Harvey Pediatrics BIO: Since November 2016, Dr. Bryan Harvey has given his time to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter. He sees every child who comes to the shelter – most who have received minimal medical care. Taking care of foster children in need is his heart’s passion. Dr. Harvey received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Austin College and went to medical school at University of Texas at San Antonio. He completed his residency at Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock. He lives in Rogers and has three children: Jacob, Emily and Rachel.

PERSONAL STATS: Dr. Harvey enjoys gardening, abstract painting, Bonsai and watching the San Antonio Spurs.


focus is volunteering his medical services at Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.

DEVOTES: 24-30 hours each month to giving back WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT: How to help and promote foster families. They provide a unique and powerful gift to children. MOST MEMORABLE PHILANTHROPIC MOMENT: Diagnosing an inner ear tumor in a foster teen, which had been present for over for two years. She had learned to live with it and wasn’t getting proper treatment. INSPIRATION FOR GIVING: “I’m grateful for the chance to help turn something stressful, like being a foster child, into a life-changing event. These kids, who probably have the most intense needs in our community, have grown accustomed to ‘dealing with or ignoring’ medical conditions because no one has been listening. Being able to help them, even with something minor, is deeply rewarding.” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW: “First, I don’t do this alone - everyone in my clinic plays an integral part in helping these children. Second is how receptive these children are to being loved and toward someone helping them.”

What a divine time! More than 1,600 guests helped

raise over $1.19 million on Dec. 2, 2017, at the 24th annual Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O’ Night Divine Charity Ball at John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. Funds will go toward enhancing health care services in Northwest Arkansas. The evening began with a reception where guests could meet and take photos (#selfieswithsavvy) with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields. Sponsored by EcoTools, her platform Eat Better, Live Better was a perfect tie with Mercy’s mission. Savvy was also a co-emcee for the Charity Ball with Jake McBride of Kix 104. Mercy Health Foundation presented awards to Connie and Nick White, the Duke Family Foundation and Karen Roberts, a volunteer and foundation board member. Country music artist Chris Lane entertained guests with an upbeat concert. His most recent single “Take Back Home Girl” was Country radio’s most added song of the week with 65 stations on board in the first week. During his concert, Lane also performed a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night.”

Eric and Dawn Pianalto

Clark Ellison with vy Shields Miss America 2017 Sav

Karen and Richie Roberts with Ashley Buchanan Susan and Mike Duke

Chris Lane (center) with Michelle and Tom Hauge Johnelle Hunt with John and Mary George

Gov. Asa and Susan Hutchinson


Chad and Erica Zubriski

Nick and Connie White

Celia Swanson, Pat Curran

and Steve Galen

Dick and Nancy Trammel

Paul and Mar

Tregg Brown, Geoff Belz, Lacha and Brent Noward, Maggie Dreussi, Dean Moll and Lance Nelson

Guests bid on several live auction items. They also donated funds to

a Dickey Ray Club appeal by Dick Trammel that will provide technologically advanced care through cardiac monitors. These monitors are a lifeline for babies in the NICU. The live auction and appeal raised $144,300. A Park City, Utah, summer vacation package received the highest auction item bid at $30,000. Other items included an African safari hunt, artistic fine dining experience at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and a golf getaway to Big Cedar Lodge. Thanks to presenting sponsors Walmart/Sam’s Club and the Lee and Linda Scott Family, the Charity Ball featured traditional holiday colors of red and green throughout the ballroom. Multiple eye-catching LED screens hung from the ceiling against every wall and lined the hallway for a dramatic effect. Shirley’s Flowers once again provided gorgeous floral centerpieces, and Anheuser-Busch donated Stella chalice glasses for guests to personalize. More than 600 glasses were engraved during the evening. Holiday mugs provided by The Pioneer Woman were on tables at each place setting for attendees to take home. The evening ended with a Studio 54-themed after party, hosted by Whytespyder, featuring music by DJ Kirby.

Darryl and Mary Zettle, Dave Wurm, Julie Rose and

rtha Bergant

Jim Sweeney

l Paula and Ken Mante toria with their daughter Vic

Kimberly and Michael Joubert

Susan and Dr. Steve Goss

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas currently has a capital campaign themed Opening Doors … Our Commitment Continues. The current effort represents an initial $247 million investment driven by the region’s continued growth and the needs of the people and area businesses, so an expansion offers better access to quality health care. The expansion would include adding a new hospital tower with 150 new beds, seven new clinics to offer convenient access to quality care, 100 new physiciansadvanced providers and 1,000 health care workers. For more information, visit Please save the date for the 25th annual Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O’ Night Divine Charity Ball on Dec. 1, 2018.

us Marjorie and Todd Han

Sister Anita DeSalvo and Sister Lisa Atkins Vicki Vasser-Jenkins and Greg Jenkins

Steve Brown, Kimberly Scott, Tom DiMaggio, Kirk Barnett and Tanner Sessions

Luisa and Chris Lamson

Mandy Macke with Erin Hogue

Alexis and Bradley Smith


Gave birth at 33 weeks. Spent 12 days at the NICU. Sharing the love for miles.

Together, we’re opening doors to a healthier NWA. With the generous support of our patients, friends and donors, Mercy is honoring its commitment of Opening Doors in our community. Our planned $247 million expansion of facilities and services for Northwest Arkansas will allow us to provide more care than ever before. This project will enhance access to quality health care, economic development and quality of life throughout the region — for generations to come.

Learn more and support the vision at

Architectural rendering of our new 280,500 sq. ft. patient tower.




United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Humane Society of the Ozarks



Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life



ALS Association

American Diabetes Association

Help fill buses with school supplies at all the Walmart Supercenters in Benton, Madison and Washington counties. For more information, visit

WILL GOLF 4 KIDS & COLOR OF HOPE GALA The Will Golf 4 Kids and Color of Hope Gala are the biggest fundraisers of the year for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. For more information, visit

ALS POKER TOURNAMENT Proceeds from this poker tournament at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will help raise money for the ALS Association. For more information, visit



Enjoy this fun-filled golf tournament at Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club, where proceeds will help raise money for the ALS Association. For more information, visit


OVER THE EDGE Sunshine School & Development Center

Sign up to fundraise and become an “edger” for this peer-to-peer fundraising event. Edgers will rappel off a six-story building, the 8W Center. For more information, visit



The ALS Legacy Gala honors Brian Graham, a former Sam’s Club associate who passed away in 2016 from ALS. The gala will be held at the Record in Bentonville. For more information, visit



Putt for Paws mini golf tournament will be at Gator Golf in Fayetteville. Enjoy lunch, live music, door prizes and more. Visit for details.

A COOL SUMMER HOMECOMING GALA Enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, a silent auction and crowning of a homecoming king and queen who raise the most funds for Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life. Visit for details.

TOUR DE CURE Ride, walk or run to support the fight against diabetes. The Tour de Cure includes 20-, 50- and 100-mile family rides and 5K walk/run followed by a health festival. Visit for more information.



The Walk to Defeat ALS is more than just a walk at Compton Gardens and Conference Center in Bentonville; it’s an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure and to come together for something you care about. For more information, please visit



Restoration Village

Enjoy a day of breakfast, lunch and shooting sports as well as a silent auction. For more information, visit Arkansas Children’s Northwest Color of Hope Gala Charles and Sue Redfield

Faith, Knowledge, & Service

Accepting Applications PreK-8

1315 W Cypress Street | Rogers, AR | 479-636-4421 |






Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma

Enjoy a day of golf, food and fun with Ronald McDonald at Pinnacle Country Club. For details, visit



Get your tailgating crew together and kick off football season with an unforgettable night of fun and entertainment, delicious food grilled on-site, cold drinks, live music, and silent and live auctions – all for a great cause. For details, visit


Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

Champions on Wheels is a family-friendly event that supports families in crisis. The event will feature a bike ride, bike decorating, bike parade, games and more. Visit for details.


SIP, SAVOR & SUPPORT Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

Enjoy some of the best local food, beer, wine and cocktails while listening to live music. Learn more at



STUDENT BENEFIT Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County

Celebrate the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County’s scholarship recipients at the annual Student Benefit dinner. For more information, visit

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation will announce this year’s Hall of Honor inductees during the luncheon. Inductees are Fayetteville Public School’s educators, alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions to public education in Fayetteville. Learn more at



Growing the Future, Leaving a Legacy It’s hard to think of giving in Northwest Arkansas without The Pat and Willard Walker Charitable Foundation. Last year, Pat passed away at 97 years old. She and her late husband, Willard, gave millions annually to organizations, usually between 40 and 50 various nonprofits statewide since establishing their foundation in 1986. The Walkers have long supported children’s charities, and their foundation continues that legacy. The couple knew the importance of investing in the future, especially when it comes to organizations dedicated to helping kids. “Pat adored children,” says Mandy Macke, director of the foundation. “She loved to interact with kids because their reactions are genuine and their smiles represent real joy. For several years until she was physically unable, Pat would attend things like the EOA Children’s House preschool graduation and the ice skating Christmas program at The Jones Center. Macke says Pat and Willard believed that everybody deserved a chance and a voice. Children are the most vulnerable and don’t have a choice in their own environment, so investing in the local public schools, child focused groups and libraries has been one of the best places to start. It was important to the Walkers that everyone had equal opportunities. So over the years, the foundation has assisted with the funding for things like after school tutoring for underprivileged kids and helping the Springdale Lady Bulldog High School’s basketball team with the additional expenses. In addition to donating to nonprofits like the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, the Walkers did things like update the Springdale Public Schools with air conditioning in the late ‘70s. The theater at Springdale High School is named after Pat, thanks to her generous giving. Investing in the arts (for kids) through things like the Walton Arts Center and Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) programming has also been a big part of the Walkers’ giving. “Pat wanted to get involved and support the Amazeum after she saw how the kids reacted to the gift of school visits to Crystal Bridges,” Macke says. “When area schools visit the museums and leave with an outstanding educational experience, it was a no brainer to help provide that opportunity for as many kids as possible.”

Safety Center, Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter, Macke knows that these kids are receiving the necessary quality care and advocacy to overcome the various obstacles they face. The Walkers had a special place in their hearts for their hometown of Springdale. Willard and Pat were friends with the Joneses and they understood the need for a safe space for kids. “And I love that The Jones Center hosts their biggest fundraiser in their own space,” Macke says. “The Jones Center ‘Big Night’ fundraiser is a true Springdale event that has grown to represent and include all of Northwest Arkansas. Whether it’s helping kids attend their first (and sometimes only) Razorback football game through the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, after school programs at the Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club or ice skating at The Jones Center, quality programming and group activities are needed in the lives of all young people.” It’s not just access to education and food, but being able to offer the extra things to develop the whole child – those things are important too. Organizations like Pagnozzi Charities and Girls on the Run help kids understand what it’s like to have a commitment, and those nonprofits need supplies and equipment. It’s not fair for children to miss participating in the extras because of the lack of funding. “It takes a village,” Macke says. “Children need a voice, and Willard and Pat understood it takes everyone to make our community a great place to live and in many cases that means financial contributions.” Pat Walker on a site visit after a gift to the PULSE (Pediatric Understanding and Learning Simulation Education) Center with a patient at Arkansas Children’s.

The foundation has been a big advocate for Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock, as well as Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Macke now serves on the Arkansas Children’s Foundation board of directors, continuing the family’s representation and involvement. “Health care was always important to Pat and Willard,” she says. “Having quality access in your community and close to home is vitally important. Especially when dealing with little ones, it’s not acceptable to have to travel so far for quality health care anymore.” When it comes to helping the most vulnerable children, the Walkers rarely said no. The foundation realizes that neglected and abused children are at a real disadvantage. Through donations to the Children’s

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United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

Join the United Way of Northwest Arkansas in its fight against NWA’s most daunting social crises. For more information, visit

Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, contests, prizes and more at Springdale Country Club. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children. Learn more at




CHEFS IN THE GARDEN Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Washington Regional Medical Foundation – Faith in Action Savor the Flavor offers samples of food and beverages from the best restaurants in Fayetteville. For more information, visit



Stroll through the gardens while enjoying cooking demonstrations and tastings from the area’s finest chefs. For details, visit


Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville A Night at the Speakeasy Lori and Steve Collins

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Weekend with the Finest includes two fabulous events – a fashion show and golf tournament. The Walk This Way Fashion Show features NWA’s finest clothiers and follows the Golf This Way Tournament. For details, visit



Brits in the Ozarks features more than 125 British cars and motorcycles at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Learn more at


POLO IN THE OZARKS Life Styles, Inc.

Polo in the Ozarks is a family-friendly event with a children’s area, an exciting polo match, tailgating, live and silent auctions, and a gala featuring dinner and dancing. Visit for details.


READ BETWEEN THE WINES Literacy Council of Benton County

Guests will enjoy an elegant four-course dinner where each course is carefully paired with a fine wine to accentuate every flavor. For more details, visit


CHERISHING CHILDREN DINNER Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Help raise awareness of child abuse by joining the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County at the John Q. Hammons Center and hear from guest speaker Elizabeth Smart. Visit for details.


SPORTS HALL OF HONOR Razorback Foundation

The Sports Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the honor and fame of the University of Arkansas and its athletic programs. Learn more at


THE BIG EVENT Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Enjoy an evening of drinks, dinner, music, and live and silent auctions. All proceeds support local mentoring for at-risk youth. For more details, please visit


THE BIG BASH Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Come honor the Bigs of the Year and then dance the night away! The evening features great music, food and beverages, and all proceeds stay local to support youth mentoring in the region. For details,



NWA CHALLENGE FOR HOPE Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

NWA Challenge for Hope, formerly Charity Challenge of Champions, includes a two-day tennis tournament, golf tournament, a 5K and more to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. Learn more at



The NWA Business Women’s Conference provides personal and professional enrichment through motivational and networking experiences for women. For more information, please visit


SAVOR THE FLAVOR - BENTONVILLE Washington Regional Medical Foundation – Faith in Action

Savor the Flavor offers samples of food and beverages from the best restaurants in Bentonville. Visit for more information.


HELP THE GIRLS Chase Family Foundation

Help the Girls is a drop-in event at the Springdale Country Club where everyone is asked to bring new bras to donate to local shelters. For more details, visit



Downtown Fayetteville transforms during Bikes, Blues & BBQ, one of the largest bike rallies in the country. Proceeds benefit multiple local charities. For more information, visit


WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Alzheimer’s Association

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring walk calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. For details, please visit



Mix and mingle with board, staff, volunteers and community supporters at this annual fundraiser for WelcomeHealth. For details, please visit


SWING FOR THE CURE Susan G. Komen Ozark

Swing for the Cure is hosted at Shadow Valley Country Club and includes a golf tournament and a “Pinktail Par-Tee” the night before. For more information, visit





Youth Bridge, Inc.

Cobblestone Project

Celebrate the art of healing with a fabulous night of wine, art and dining under the stars. For more details, visit

The Harvest Party features live entertainment and a farm-to-table meal prepared by local chefs. Proceeds support Cobblestone Project’s commitment to hunger relief. For details, visit





Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville

Enjoy a roaring good time at this 1920s themed event at The Ravington in Centerton. The event features great music, food, dancing, beverages and a silent auction. Proceeds support JARB’s hands-on projects serving underprivileged children, youth and families in Benton County. More information is available at


Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

Life Styles, Inc. Polo in the Ozarks Lauren Spear and her son Grey, Meredith Lowry, and Courtney Norton with her daughter Lawson

Enjoy a day of competitive camaraderie, lunch, prizes and more to benefit abused and neglected kids. Teams focus on competition, community and cause. Visit for details.

Cheryl Hatfield and Dallas Arceneaux John and Karen Scholes

On a warm evening last October, about 150 guests gathered at the 13th annual Sweetest Day, an event supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County. Sweetest Day was presented by Kimberly-Clark and hosted at the home of John and Karen Scholes.

Girish Gupta, Andrew and Teresa Fano

Steve and Lori Collins

During the event, attendees mingled by the pool and bid on auction items while enjoying dinner provided by Bonefish Grill and live music by Taylor Clayborne. Sweetest Day brought in close to $50,000, which was the event’s fundraising goal. “Every single dollar” will go toward providing services free of charge for the children served by the center, executive director Natalie Tibbs said. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County is working to eliminate child abuse and its mission is to empower children to find their voice. The purpose of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County is “to provide a safe place for child abuse victims and their families to receive comprehensive services from dedicated professional interviewers, nurses, counselors and advocates in a child-friendly atmosphere through a coordinated team approach as well as provide child abuse prevention, awareness and education to the community,” according to the center’s website,

Rebecca and Miguel Cortina, Tod and Tracey Noffke Jaclyn Washington-House and Raymond House III

Kevin and Natalie Tibbs

Jack Scholes and Hayley Scholes

Kimberly-Clark is a big supporter of the Children’s Advocacy Center for various reasons, said John Scholes, who works with Kimberly-Clark and is a Children’s Advocacy Center board member. The mission of the center is such a worthy cause, and “it is a local charity impacting directly the communities in which we live,” he added. “It is aligned with two of our core KC values, Caring and Authenticity, and our Huggies brand portfolio, which is obviously child centric,” Scholes said. “All of us at Kimberly-Clark feel proud to support the CAC. We help them in whatever we can so they are able to make a huge difference in those children’s lives.”

Lori Vincent, Jennifer Batchelor and Jennifer Mitrovich

Brent and Leann Akers and Mark and Rachel Malo David Lang and Kerry Nelson

“We are just so blessed by the relationship we have been able to develop with Kimberly-Clark and how their employees are personally invested (in the center), Tibbs said.

Luisa and Chris Lamson with Tracy Mitchell Shannon MacNeel and JoAnne Carney

Mark your calendar for the 14th annual Sweetest Day on Oct. 20, 2018. For more information, please visit

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THE GOLF EVENT The Jones Center


Join The Jones Center for its annual golf tournament at Springdale Country Club. Both morning and afternoon flights are available, along with lunch and beverages. Please visit for more information.


LITTLE BLACK DRESS DINNER PARTY Dress for Success of Northwest Arkansas

The evening will feature exquisite food creations by some of the region’s most sought-after chefs, restaurants and top-notch catering companies. For more details, visit



The Miracles and Magic Radiothon will air on 107.9, featuring stories from Arkansas Children’s Northwest patients. For more information, visit


REDBONE INVITATIONAL Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Two days of guided fly fishing and clay shooting competition all rolled into one unforgettable event. Proceeds support Mercy Northwest Arkansas’ Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. For more details, visit


MOBIL1 GOLF CLASSIC Boys & Girls Club of Benton County The Mobil1 Golf Classic will be held at Bella Vista Country Club. This four-person scramble will offer morning and afternoon flights. For more information, visit

Hope Cancer Resources Bill Fleeman Gentlemen of Distinction VIP event Gay Prescott and Melissa Fleeman




Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

The Hall of Honor recognizes educators, alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions to public education in Fayetteville. For more information, visit

Dress for Success of Northwest Arkansas Little Black Dress Dinner Party Loria and Kent Oliver


PURPLE FOR A PURPOSE Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Purple for a Purpose features a 5K and fun run to raise awareness for domestic violence. For details, please visit


HERO HALF MARATHON The Spark Foundation & Fayetteville Firefighters IAFF – Local 2866

The Hero Half Marathon includes a 1-mile fun run, fire safety fair and a firefighter challenge where firefighters run 13.1 miles while wearing 50 pounds of bunker gear. Proceeds benefit seven charities in Northwest Arkansas. Visit for more information.



Join Pagnozzi Charities at the Springdale Country Club for morning and afternoon golf flights and end the weekend with an ultimate tailgate and auction featuring food, entertainment, drinks and dancing. For details, visit


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The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation




Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

Winetopia features an evening of wine tasting with delicious cuisine, a silent auction, wine toss, live entertainment and more at Pratt Place Barn. Visit for details.

SWEETEST DAY Hosted at the Pinnacle home of Karen and John Scholes, Sweetest Day is a celebration reminding us that a thoughtful word or deed enriches life. For details, visit

SUNNY SIDE OF LEADERSHIP Sunny Side of Leadership features special guest panellists with executives from various industries discussing leadership in Northwest Arkansas. Proceeds benefit Havenwood’s programming designed to empower single mothers in need. For more information, please visit


HOWL-O-WEEN SPOOKTACULAR Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy hayrides, games, food, children’s costume contests and the chance to see the tigers at night. For more information, please visit


FRESH START Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

Enjoy an evening of art and jazz benefiting the women, children and men who seek the services of the shelter. Fresh StART showcases artwork of the shelter’s clients as well as art from local artists and artisans. Visit for more information.

The highlight of this event is the men’s fashion show featuring several local men strutting the runway in support of patient services and community education. Learn more at

THE LEGENDS DINNER The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation provides eye care to thousands of students whose working families cannot afford eye care. For more information, please visit

GOLFTOBERFEST Register your team for flights at Northwest Arkansas’ original mini-golf tournament. For details, visit


LITTLE BLACK DRESS CAMPAIGN Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

During this weeklong campaign, community members are asked to wear the same black dress to work each day to bring awareness and prevention to domestic violence. Visit for more information.



By participating in this event, you’ll help fund life-changing research and create a world without type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Susan G. Komen Ozark Pink Ribbon Luncheon Caitlin Savage, Vicki Cowling, Teresa Jones, Lauren Marquette, Drenda Pinkleton and Tara Ingling


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Peace at Home Family Shelter

This luncheon honors the Courage Award winners for their service to victims of domestic violence. For more information, please visit

Each year families and friends of the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas take part in this fun 1-mile walk. The Inclusion Walk features music, games, crafts, vendor booths and more to raise awareness for Down syndrome in our community. For details, visit


RAZORBACK RUN Hogeye Marathon & Relays

Compete in a 15K run or 5K run/walk. To register, visit



Family Network

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma


FAMILY FOTO FEST This event provides families with professional portraits. Proceeds benefit young, first-time moms and their babies. To schedule your sitting and for more details, please visit

Restore Humanity Winetopia Chris Beavers, Sarah Fennel Buchanan and Mafe Machado



Outback in the Ozarks is a 65-, 75-, or 200mile team relay race through the beautiful Ozark mountains and five state parks. It’s the overnight running relay that will challenge you in the spirit of teamwork and fun with your family and friends. Register and learn more at

The ever-changing theme, which has included James Bond, “The Wizard of Oz” and the Oscars, is just part of the excitement you can count on at the Red Shoe Shindig. The event is black tie optional and red shoes are strongly encouraged while you enjoy a four-course dinner, specialty cocktails, entertainment and an ultra-elite live auction. For more information, visit



Pink Ribbon Luncheon is a celebration of all breast cancer survivors in the community. Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch, silent auction, survivor fashion show and BigWig presentation. For more information, visit



By participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, you’re helping save lives from breast cancer. For more information, please visit


CHOCTOBERFEST Jackson L. Graves Foundation

This German-inspired beer and chocolate festival features live music, craft beer and chocolate, delicious brats and kraut, and much more. Find out more at Fayetteville Public Education Foundation Hall of Honor Meredith Dowse and Carl Collier


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Sarah Barton, Debbie Alsup, Kaley Schwab and Serena Munns talk about the positives of participating in pageants.

Every time we’re introduced to a woman with a certain … je ne sais quoi, we leave the conversation thinking she was so poised and professional. What is it about her that’s so refreshing and lovely? Every time the answer is the same. She participated in pageants.

The four women we interviewed are elegant, well-spoken and of course brilliantly talented. These women have a self-confidence I hope to instill in my own daughter. When we first met Debbie Alsup, her bright and charming personality could not be mistaken. As senior director, Walmart team leader for Paris Presents, Inc., Alsup got involved with pageants as a senior in high school as a way to pay for college. “I grew up economically challenged and the scholarship money I won from pageants helped me get to college,” Alsup says. Many people are unaware that just by participating in pageants, contestants can win scholarship money. Did you know the Miss Arkansas pageant is one of the top scholarship providers with the winner receiving $20,000? Each of the women we spoke with participated in and whole-heartedly believe in The Miss America Organization, in part because it is the largest scholarship provider for women in the world. The winner of Miss America receives $50,000 in scholarships and a six-figure salaried year for her reigning year, says Kaley Schwab, the American Heart Association’s corporate market director for Paint the Town Red. She also runs the organization’s Sweetheart program.

Upon meeting Munns, she too is very polished, just like the other three women. Of course we couldn’t talk about the positives of pageants without including Sarah Barton, owner of Label Boutique in Bentonville. She’s also held multiple titles including Miss Central Arkansas 2009 and Miss Greater Jacksonville 2010. Barton says the confidence you gain from all of the different facets of pageant life —learning to answer questions on the spot, entertaining a group of rowdy second graders and walking in front of an audience in a swimsuit can be nerve-wracking – is worth noting. “When you can look a panel of judges in the eye and give your opinion on subjects ranging from religion to politics, you begin to approach people in a new, different way and have a completely different outlook on how you relate to others.” “You learn how to engage with other people,” Alsup adds. “These women are articulate. Because we’re living in an age where communication skills are lacking from sitting behind a screen, be it a computer or phone, anything that can help you with interview skills, is a bonus in my book.”

It’s not always the winning – it’s the life skills you learn.

Alsup has held multiple titles but got her biggest scholarship by winning the Miss Arkansas Apple Harvest and continued participating throughout her college years, when she won Miss North Eastern Oklahoma. For the last 23 years, Alsup has been paying it forward by volunteering and mentoring for the Miss Heart of the Ozarks pageant. She serves as the scholarship chairwoman for the pageant organization.

The world can take a cue from pageant participants because the underlying message we heard from everyone was that these young women become very self-aware. They learn to listen and adapt, as well as have a platform (community service) with a purpose to serve. Pageants help young women become aware of their community and have a better understanding of the world around them. Serena Munns, senior corporate market director for the American Heart Association, says, “I think it teaches confidence through vulnerability. No matter what happens – win or lose, slips or trips, being stumped in an interview or onstage question or not hitting the right key in talent – you have to own it and move forward with confidence. I never won a crown, but with each pageant, I learned how to better articulate who I am and what I stand for. Not winning taught me how to celebrate others despite how hard I worked toward the same goal. Learning to adjust and move forward with poise is something that I continue to work on today.”

The Miss America Organization focuses on the four points of the crown: scholarship, style, service and success.

- Kaley Schwab

Schwab, who has a long pageant career, won her very first title as Miss Monticello’s Outstanding Teen and eventually won fourth runner-up in talent (singing) at Miss Tennessee. She teaches private voice lessons and does pageant consulting, noting that sometimes girls don’t know their strengths until they sit down with someone else who can clearly see them. Munns adds, “On a smaller scale, I think pageants have helped me become self-aware as I parent my daughter. You learn social and emotional intelligence and how to walk through life with grace. Part of pageants is facing your fears and learning how to help others in their success, even if you don’t win.” In short, we’ve become believers in the confidence and character that participating in pageants builds in young women. They’re not only encouraged to be active in their communities, but do so with a servant heart. “It’s not always the winning – it’s the life skills you learn,” Schwab says. “You’re focusing on being the best version of yourself while learning to be humble and deal with pressure and sometimes disappointment. The communication skills you garner from pageants are unmatched anywhere else and that to me is worth it.”


November 8

BIG NIGHT GALA The Jones Center


Enjoy an upscale cocktail hour, shopping, a unique dining experience and decadent desserts all to benefit The Jones Center. For more details, visit

Humane Society of the Ozarks

Celebrate the publication of the Tails of Love photo book at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, food, wine and beer. Visit for more information.


ART OF HOSPICE Circle of Life Hospice

Enjoy an evening at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, featuring an elegant black-tie dinner and wine pairings inspired by artworks selected from the museum’s collection. For more details, visit


CELEBRITY WAITER Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Tea Rose Foundation of Northwest Arkansas

9 Circle of Life Hospice Art of Hospice Rex and Dee Vaughn

A VERY SPECIAL ART SHOW Sunshine School & Development Center


Enjoy an evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and live entertainment while viewing art from local artists. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on artwork created by children of the Sunshine School. For more information, please visit

Arts Center of the Ozarks


Join guests as community leaders serve as “celebrity waiters.” This formal event includes dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions and more. Visit for details.

5X5 SOIREE & AUCTION The Arts Center of the Ozarks will auction original art by over 200 local artists, all 5” by 5” in size at 5:55 p.m. This event culminates the month-long 5x5 Exhibit. Visit for details.

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT NWA Center for Sexual Assault

Light Up the Night symbolizes the commitment to bring light to sexual assault in our community. For details, visit


NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY Association of Fundraising Professionals

This two-day event includes an educational summit and an awards luncheon celebrating those who give back to Northwest Arkansas. Visit for more information.


LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS Sunshine School & Development Center A Very Special Art Show Kluane Billings with Joe and Kathy Farnan


During the holiday season, the Fayetteville square is turned into a sparkling winter wonderland. The community gathers to enjoy a parade, carollers and street vendors. For more information, please visit




This is a night of dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions to benefit the men, women and children facing food insecurity in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit


GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K/10K Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas


LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Family, friends and co-workers gather together to celebrate, honor and remember those touched by cancer. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds to help support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit



This running event in downtown Bentonville is the culmination of Girls on the Run’s fall season. The goal of this program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Events include a 5K, 10K, confidence challenge and team challenge. For more details, visit

CASA of Northwest Arkansas



Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items including home dĂŠcor, clothing, food, art and more. For more information, visit

TURKEY TROT FOR HEROES 5K This exciting event garners the full support of local runners and running organizations. Join fellow runners in the 1-mile Fun Run/ Walk, 5K or Wild Gobbler Adventure 5K and give children of struggling military/first responder families a happy holiday. Visit for details.



Enjoy an evening of sampling fine cuisine created by local chefs paired with wine, live music and exciting custom-created auction packages. Details are available at



NWA Fashion Week highlights designers, artists, boutiques and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired creative community in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit

CASA of Northwest Arkansas hosts a breakfast and lunch to inform the public of its mission. Light of Hope is a national movement to light a symbol of hope for abused and neglected children. For more information, visit




This event includes a luncheon and silent auction with lots of goodies for everyone. Proceeds from this event go to an endowed scholarship for horticulture students. For more information, please contact Janet Hendren at


EMPTY BOWLS LifeSource International

Enjoy tasty soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and receive a handcrafted pottery bowl from a local potter. Proceeds help feed about 1,300 families each month in Northwest Arkansas. Visit for more information.

The Jones Center Big Night Gala Jason and Michelle Nichol, Shawn and Barbara Baldwin with Jim and Holly Breach





Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

The annual Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O' Night Divine Charity Ball is a black-tie event featuring a topnotch entertainer and an over-the-top after party. Proceeds will enhance health care services across Northwest Arkansas. More information is available at



Join the Children’s Safety Center for a unique family holiday event featuring a train ride with Santa Claus and his elves, family activities in Santa’s village, pony rides and more. For more information, please visit


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Arts Center of the Ozarks

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus welcome kids of all ages to a winter wonderland at the Arts Center of the Ozarks. The event includes a scrumptious breakfast, holiday crafts, decorating fresh-baked cookies, playing with the elves and getting a picture with Santa Claus. For more information, visit


WINTER DREAMS TOUR OF HOMES Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Join the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas for this annual event. This is a festive, time-honored tradition to kick off the holiday season by touring beautifully decorated homes throughout Benton and Washington counties. For more information, please visit



BURLSWORTH TROPHY LUNCHEON The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation

Each year, the Burlsworth Trophy is awarded to the college football player who most embodies the values that Brandon Burlsworth stood for. The luncheon will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center. Please visit for more information.



Students studying graphic design at the New Design School are paired with a chef to promote a sample of their food creation. For more details, visit


CHRISTMAS GALA The Peel Compton Foundation

Kick off the holiday season with The Peel Compton Foundation’s annual unveiling of the Peel Mansion decorated for the holiday season. Learn more at


CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE The Peel Compton Foundation

The Peel Compton Foundation’s Christmas Open House gives the public a unique opportunity to see the mansion decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Please visit for details.

TBD Children’s Safety Center Children’s Christmas Train Sadie and Brady Huebner with Santa Claus


This toy and donation drive helps make the holidays brighter for patients and families at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. For details and online donations, visit

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The red doors associated with this campaign, represent the doors of the House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, where our foundress, Catherine McAuley, started the legacy of Mercy that continues today.


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MARCH 9, 2018 Promoting healthy workplaces as co-workers compete in sports and trivia challenges.




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MAY 2018


GOLF Join us for a great CLASSIC day of golf while helping transform the lives of NWA youth!

Each year, AAO has more than 1,200 NWA youth ages 6-17 years old participate in our programs. Our team has developed high level sport programs that attract youth, which gives us an opportunity to mentor and train them to become champions on and off the court/field. AAO STRATEGIC FOCUS: 1. EDUCATING PARENTS 2. DEVELOPING COACHES 3. EQUIPPING PLAYERS 4. BUILDING INSPIRING TEAM CULTURES

Building Champions for Life through the Transformational Power of Sports.

AR Advocates for Children and Families ALS Association of Arkansas Arkansas Children’s Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund Arts Center of the Ozarks Bentonville Film Festival Bikes, Blues & BBQ Botanical Garden of the Ozarks CASA of NWA Children’s Safety Center Circle of Life Hospice Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Fayetteville Roots Festival Girls on the Run Humane Society of the Ozarks The Jones Center Komen for the Cure – Ozark Affiliate Life Styles, Inc. M&N Augustine Foundation Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Open Avenues Ouachita Baptist University Ozark Guidance Ozark Literacy Council Pagnozzi Charities Potter’s House Salvation Army of NWA Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA Southern Arkansas University Springdale Public Schools Symphony of Northwest Arkansas THEA Foundation TheatreSquared University of Arkansas University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Walton Arts Center Washington Regional Medical Foundation WelcomeHealth Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute P.O. Box 10500 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479.582.2310

14th Annual Heather Ridley Fleeman Battle for Hope 10k Run • 5k Run/Walk May 5, 2018

Hope Cancer Resources would like to thank 3W Magazine for their 10 years of support.

15th Annual Bill Fleeman Gentlemen of Distinction October 2018

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Enjoy an evening at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring an elegant black-tie dinner and wine pairings inspired by artworks selected from the museum's collection.

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The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation was established in 1992 by dedicated alumnae, parents and community members to further enhance the exceptional educational experience for which Fayetteville public schools is known.

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