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FROM THE FOUNDERS Do you have a manifesto? A mantra? For 11 years we’ve been working on not only doing good but seeing the good in others. We’ve also made it our goal to champion women while living a momtrepreneur lifestyle. Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” We don’t have it all together, but here's a few things we believe to be true ... We believe in red lipstick. We want to inspire others. We believe in a culture of giving. To whom much is given, much is expected. It’s hard to make friends as adults. Be accepting. Every day is a celebration. Drink champagne. Speak your truth, but be self-aware. Find out who you are. Then live what you love. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. Give back. Do good. Find your tribe. Know how to cook at least one recipe. Self care yourself, whatever that means to you. Practice gratitude. Know joy. There’s more than one seat at the table. Find a good therapist. Pass the ball back. Give grace. We’re all going through something. Take time to rest. Don’t apologize for your parenting decisions. Turn your life’s mess into a message. Just keep scrolling. Be like Elsa. Let it go. Appreciate the good people. No one else knows what they’re doing either. If you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It’s all fake news.

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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. For more information, visit nwapaintthetownred.heart.org.

Compete against other Scrabble teams and enjoy live and silent auctions, raffles and more at the DoubleTree Suites in Bentonville. For details, visit www.goliteracy.org.

American Heart Association

21 | RECOMMITMENT BANQUET Northwest Arkansas MLK Council

Literacy Council of Benton County


Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

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

This family-friendly fundraiser at the John Q. Hammons Center helps to improve the lives of low-income families by changing public policy. Guests enjoy varieties of soups, breads and desserts donated by local restaurants. For more details, visit www.aradvocates.org.


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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA)

United Way of Northwest Arkansas


Masterworks II: Verdi & Chopin will feature Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with special guest Andrew Tyson, and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, Rhenish. For tickets, visit www.sonamusic.org.

26 | PRINCESS FOR A DAY Pagnozzi Charities


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. This initiative works to ensure financial eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other deductions available to disadvantaged families to maximize their funds. This program runs annually January through April. For more information, visit www.unitedwaynwa.org/taxes.

Bring your little princesses dressed in their favorite princess attire to the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville for this fun event. Kids can enjoy getting makeup applied, creating crafts, receiving autographs and photos with fairytale princesses, nail painting, dancing and more. For more details, visit www.pagnozzicharities.org.

Northwest Arkansas MLK Council Recommitment Banquet Vincent Phillips, Ebony Calhoun, Joseph W. Daniels III, Tiffany Williams, Michael Day and Raven Campbell




Enjoy a night of food, drinks and dancing to benefit Junior League of Northwest Arkansas’ community impact focus of unmasking domestic violence in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, please visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org/moonlight.

Featuring a modern, mixed media approach, this rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. For more details, visit www.arkansaspublictheatre.org.

Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

Arkansas Public Theatre



This casino-themed charity event at the Embassy Suites benefiting Teen Action & Support Center features dinner and casino games. For more details, visit www.tascnwa.org.

Join plungers at the Prairie Creek Recreation/Beach Area for Special Olympics Arkansas’ largest polar plunge in the state. For more details, visit www.specialolympicsarkansas.org.

Teen Action & Support Center

Special Olympics Arkansas



The Afternoon of Fairytales at the Bentonville Community Center invites children and the young-at-heart to enjoy fairytale themed crafts, food, music and guests from a faraway land. For more information, please visit www.restorationvillage.net.

Internationally distinguished pianist Robert Henry will perform Piano Concerto No. 2 by Rachmaninoff, and the orchestra will be featured in two works, Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Khachaturian and Suite from The Firebird by Stravinsky, during this concert at the Arend Arts Center. For more details, visit www.arphil.org.

Restoration Village


The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

This family-friendly Super Bowl watch party at Record in Bentonville includes multiple game viewing areas, music, games for kids, and tailgating food and beverages. For more details, visit www.thefirstteenwa.org.

Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

12 | OOH! LA, LA!

Jackson L. Graves Foundation

Ooh! La, la! features an evening of fine dining, fine wines and gourmet chocolate. For more information, please visit www.jacksongraves.org.

8 | 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, please visit www.cff.org/Arkansas.

8 - 9 | FALSETTOS Walton Arts Center

This musical is a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. For tickets and more information, please visit www.waltonartscenter.org. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School A Knight to Remember Ellis and Beth Collins with Gisel and Mike Ruiz


22 | NWA HEART BALL American Heart Association

This annual gala at the John Q. Hammons Center features a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and recognition of AHA Sweethearts. For more details, visit nwaheartball.heart.org.

23 | JOURNEY GALA Havenwood

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


St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

A Knight to Remember at the Embassy Suites features a great night out with live and silent auctions, music, dancing, specialty drinks and much more. For details, email eventchair1@svdpschool.net.

23 | ARTS RISING Arts Center of the Ozarks

This gala will include gourmet heavy hors d’oeuvres by Chef Miles James, live performances, a silent auction, interactive games, a fine wine studio and more. For more information, visit www.acozarks.org.

2.26 - 3.3 | A BRONX TALE Walton Arts Center Teen Action & Support Center All In Northwest Arkansas Spencer and Heather Fox with Annslee and Jeremy Turley

This hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s – where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. For more details and tickets, please visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

16 | FIESTA FUNDRAISER St. Joseph Catholic School

Enjoy a fiesta-themed dinner and auction at the Norm and Caroline DeBriyn Center in Fayetteville. For more details, visit www.sjfay.com.

16 | MASQUERADE BALL Walton Arts Center

Don a mask for an evening of live entertainment, live and silent auctions, a mask competition and much more. For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

21 | BATTLE OF THE BANKS Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Bankers can enjoy team building, friendly competition and networking at Fast Lane Entertainment while supporting youth mentoring in Northwest Arkansas. For more details, visit www.bbbsnwa.org.

22 | CORPORATE GAME DAY Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)

Join AAO for a fun day of team building and friendly competition. Events at the AAO P. Whitaker Sports Center include dodgeball, volleyball and relay races. For details, visit www.aaoteam.org.

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

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND Cheers to the original Mr. Rogers, Dick Trammel After graduating from the University of Arkansas and working at his family’s cotton gin and grain elevator business, Dick Trammel founded Planters and Stockmen Bank in his hometown of Pocahontas, Ark. It was at that bank where he met Sam Walton in the early ‘70s while Walton was building Walmart store number 71. Walton then recruited and hired Trammel to move to Rogers and run First National Bank (now Arvest Bank) on July 1, 1975. And some would say, the rest is history. But it’s not. Dick Trammel understood that being a community bank means being a part of the community; a responsibility he and Arvest take seriously. Trammel is always quick to say, “I can’t do anything, but we can do a lot. I appreciate the support and understanding of my family, the Walton family and the Arvest associates – without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do and participate in things I’ve had the opportunity to do.” Some of those “things” include raising funds for various nonprofits via the notorious Dickey Ray Club, Arkansas Highway Commissioner, and Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas board member. Arvest Bank and Dick Trammel believe that the greatest thing you can do in life is to help people help themselves. Whenever someone is working hard to make a positive difference in our communities, we are honored to support and work alongside them.

Congratulations, Dick, on your forty-three and a half years of service to Arvest Bank!



Not many of us have lived in Northwest Arkansas as long as Dick Trammel. And no matter if you’ve known him for years or you’re just meeting him for the first time, he’ll greet you the same way saying, “Hi friend!” And after 43 and a half – Dick reminded me not to forget the half – years he’s finally retiring from banking. He serves as executive vice president of Arvest Bank in Rogers. Dick says he’s looking forward to spending more time with wife Nancy. They’re going to take another cruise (they went on a honeymoon cruise after they got married in August 2007) and spend some time at his childhood home in Northeast Arkansas. “There’s still a lot of things I want to see happen before I’m viewed,” Dick laughs. “And it will be nice to be home in time to watch the news, have a glass of wine and just relax with Nancy.” Dick was born Oct. 11, 1937, and raised in Pocahontas, Arkansas. He and Nancy have six kids, 12 grandkids and five great-grandkids. Dick’s mother was a teacher and his father quit school in the fifth grade to help out the family’s cotton business and general store. “My parents were very giving and wanted me to have everything they didn’t growing up, but with that came expectations and responsibilities,” Dick says. Dick graduated high school in Pocahontas with 55 people and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1960 with a degree in business administration. During his time at the UA, he was a cheerleader. Every homecoming since he’s graduated, you’ll find him on the field cheering on the Razorbacks. At the 2018 Razorback Homecoming game, he and Nancy gave $250,000 to create The Dick and Nancy Trammel Razorback Cheerleading Scholarship that will benefit members of the Razorback Cheerleading Squad and provide scholarship support for one year to each of the recipients. University of Arkansas Chancellor Joe Steinmetz says, “It’s incredibly fitting that Dick and Nancy chose to support student success through the creation of this scholarship, because the

Razorback Cheerleading Squad contributes to the energy and feeling of community on our campus – just as the Trammels do in Northwest Arkansas.” After college, Dick returned to Pocahontas working at his family’s cotton gin and grain elevator business until 1970. He founded Planters and Stockmen Bank while in Pocahontas and worked there until he met Sam Walton, who recruited and hired him to move to Rogers and run First National Bank (now Arvest Bank) on July 1, 1975. Trammel met Walton in the early ‘70s working with him on a bank loan as he was building Walmart store number 71 in Pocahontas. Dick has always said the greatest thing you can do in life is to help people help themselves. That’s a motto he lives. He has participated in countless ways to make life better for Northwest Arkansas residents. He’s been a part of or served in leadership positions in more than two-dozen nonprofit organizations over the years. He is a founding board member of Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County, Northwest Arkansas Community College, the former Rogers Youth Center, Rebuilding Together and Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute (NARTI) now operating as part of Hope Cancer Resources. Trammel has received a lot of recognition in his day thanks to his generosity, but the end of 2018 and early 2019 are among the biggest milestones in his career. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in November 2018; and in January 2019 he’ll finalize his position as the Arkansas Highway Commissioner, a role former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe appointed him to in January 2009; and on Feb. 2 this year, the annual Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce banquet will be hosted in Dick’s honor, where he’s a member and served as past president. Trammel is quick to say, “I can’t do anything, but we can do a lot. I appreciate the support and understanding of my family, the Walton family and the Arvest associates – without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do and participate in things I’ve had the opportunity to do.”

Dick Trammel is Mr. Rogers. After more than 43 years at Arvest Bank, he’s finally retiring, but he’ll always be our neighbor.

“The people of Northwest Arkansas are so giving and have such a strong spirit to make things happen,” he adds. “It’s been a real blessing in my life. There are so many people I’ve been able to call my friends like Sam Walton, Don Tyson, Johnelle and J.B. Hunt.”

minutes. He’s a wealth of knowledge and history when it comes to Northwest Arkansas and giving back. He signs all his thank you cards with a smiley face and answers the age old question of “How are you?” with the same reply every time: “Every day’s like Christmas friend.”

Johnelle Hunt was the first friend who called Dick when he moved to Rogers because he and Johnelle’s brother served on the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission together.

“Innovation for a better life is just part of the lifestyle in Northwest Arkansas and I take a lot of pride in being a part of that,” Dick says. “I hope I’ve contributed to the overall infrastructure of such a great place."

We’ve been friends with Dick for more than two decades now, but we wish everyone could sit down with him for just 10




Laughter & Libations features a night of comedy, games, dinner, cocktails and more at Record in downtown Bentonville. For details, visit www.triketheatre.org.

Children’s Safety Center

Trike Theatre


Join these women for a weeklong event that is created by Habitat's Women Build program, which invites women to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. For more details, visit www.habitatwashingtoncoar.org.

Join the Children’s Safety Center for the Partners Plus Prevention luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fayetteville. Guests will hear from a keynote speaker, learn more about the center’s programs and meet the ordinary heroes who protect children every day. For more details, visit www.childrenssafetycenter.org.



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Habitat for Humanity of Washington County

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

Enjoy a night of elegance and entertainment at the Starlight Gala at the John Q. Hammons Center. Proceeds from the gala will enhance the lives of abused and neglected children. For more information, please visit www.nwacs.org.

American Diabetes Association Kiss a Pig Gala Libby and Ryan McCorry


NWA Circle of Friends

Bid on amazing live and silent auction items, enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and dance the night away at this all-school event. For more details, visit www.thenewschool.org.

Join NWA Circle of Friends for a fun, casual night to sample local flavors, bid on silent auction items and enjoy entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Arkansas Children’s Northwest. To learn more, contact Elizabeth Sullivan at 479.725.0405.



This event is a fun-filled Mardi Gras themed evening at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more information, please visit www.chasefamilyfoundation.com.

Celebrate and discuss gender diversity and women’s empowerment at the annual International Women’s Day. For more information, visit www.nwawomensday.com.

2 | SPRING PARTY The New School

Chase Family Foundation

Rotary Club of Bentonville


American Diabetes Association

Kiss a Pig Gala features fine cuisine, live and silent auctions, and entertainment as community leaders vie for the chance to kiss a pig to recognize it for producing the first source of insulin for people with diabetes. For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/nwakissapig.

9 | COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County Youth of the Year Whitney Yoder, Kyle Meredith and Brian Owens

Enjoy a day of games, family activities and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the AAO P. Whitaker Sports Center. For more details, visit www.aaoteam.org.



22 - 31 | STUPID KID Arkansas Public Theatre


Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) Masterworks III will feature High Windows by Christopher Cerrone, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins featuring Zsolt Eder and Miho Oda Sakon, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. For tickets and details, visit www.sonamusic.org.

Playwright Sharr White has molded the riveting study of a family under the worst kind of stress imaginable – for this is stress which doesn’t go away with time and only gets more and more intolerable as the years roll by — with hilarious results. This production contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences. Visit www.arkansaspublictheatre.org for more information.



Hogs for Hope

ALS Association invites you on a trail ride to celebrate the life of Janet Glenn and help in the fight to end ALS. For more information, please visit www.als-arkansas.org.

ALS Association


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

Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter Starlight Gala Erica Zubriski and Emily Reynolds


Life Styles, Inc.

This luncheon at the Fayetteville Town Center celebrates the successes of Life Styles, Inc., clients, staff, volunteers, employers and the Northwest Arkansas community. For more information, visit www.lifestylesinc.org.

16 | NUTTY RUNNER 5K The Spark Foundation

Featuring its namesake beer at every mile, the Nutty Runner 5K caters to those who want the chance to exercise outdoors, enjoy local craft beers and give back to make a difference in the community. For details, visit www.mysparkfoundation.org.

Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas Success Stories Brunch Jodie Charlop, Michelle Knight, Virginia Germann, Matt Milbrodt and Melody Richard


ALTITUDE KITE FESTIVAL Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy high-flying fun for the whole family at the Art with an Altitude Kite Festival at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Bring your own kite or make one on-site with the experts from KaleidoKites. For more information, please visit www.turpentinecreek.org.


Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas

Enjoy this brunch featuring speakers sharing their stories of empowerment and personal journeys toward success. For more information, visit www.dfsnwa.org.

28 | YOUTH OF THE YEAR Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

Youth of the Year at the John Q. Hammons Center is a celebration of Boys & Girls Club of Benton County’s outstanding youth. For details, visit www.bgcbentoncounty.org.

It was one of the most spectacular silver anniversaries ever celebrated! More than 1,600 guests helped raise over $1.3 million on Dec. 1, 2018, at the 25th annual Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O’ Night Divine Charity Ball at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers. Funds support expanding and enhancing health care services in Northwest Arkansas. Dawn and Eric Pianalto

The entire event was a special night of throwbacks, ranging from the emcee and entertainment to a menu of favorite dishes from past Charity Balls. Former Northwest Arkansas news anchor Neile Jones Pugh returned as emcee for the evening, and Walmart/Sam’s Club and the Lee and Linda Scott Family were presenting sponsors of the event.

Clark and Karen Ellison

Bella Vista Big Band performed at the inaugural Charity Ball in 1994. To bring back that element of the first ball, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas performed many favorite Christmas songs and ended the performance with the tradition started 10 years ago of playing a rendition of “O Holy Night.” Mercy brought back DJ Kirby to kick off the after-party.

Elda and Eric Scott

Travis and Hanna Porter

Dick and Nancy Trammel Jeff and Krista Evans, Richie and Karen Roberts, and Ashley Buchanan

The evening’s main musical entertainment remained a secret to guests until the group stepped on stage. So who were the surprise entertainers? ‘90s rap duo Salt-N-Pepa! Guests packed the dance floor waving glow sticks as Salt-N-Pepa rocked the stage with hip-hop hits such as “Push It” and “None of Your Business.” The evening’s charitable giving kicked off with a $2.5 million gift from J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., to go toward Mercy’s Opening Doors campaign. Guests donated more than $200,000 during the Dickey Ray Club appeal by Dick Trammel that will provide enhancements to cardiac services through the addition of the Epiq CVx

Suzanne and Chris Turner

Gov. Asa and Susan Hutchinson Jeff and Wendy Eichholz

Mayor Greg and Lisa Hines

Darryl and Mary Zettle

Debbie and Danny Alsup

Martha Bergant, Sister Lisa Atkins and Julie Short

Mandy Macke and Erin Hogue

Melba Shewmaker and Daniel Shewmaker

Tom and Jen Kell

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cardiac ultrasound equipment, and donations are still coming in. And of course, Charity Ball wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic live auction! One of the many incredible live auction packages was a unique trip for four people to New York City for a Diamond District Experience, featuring a behind-the-scenes jewelry tour and access to a world-renowned diamond cutter to see how diamonds are cut and polished. The winning bid for this rare experience donated by Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry was $5,000. The ball included sparkling silver hues throughout the room and centerpieces featuring floral arrangements by Shirley’s Flowers and black-and-white photo collages of guests from the past 25 years. Once again, AnheuserBusch donated Stella chalice glasses for attendees to personalize, and close to 900 glasses were engraved during the evening. AnheuserBusch also brought two Clydesdales and a hitch to the event, and guests could meet and take photos with one of the Clydesdales in the foyer of the Hammons Center.

Dr. Steve and Susan Goss Marjorie and Todd Hanus

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas named Margaret Ehmke as Volunteer of the Year, and American Greetings was awarded Organization of the Year. Mercy Health Foundation was recently recognized as a 2018 High Performer by the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP). This is the second year in a row the foundation has earned a place on the AHP High Performers list. High performers are defined as organizations that represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns out of all responding institutions, raising more than $12.4 million in the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.

Molly and Ben Blakeman

Dan and Allyson Bartlett

Please save the date for the 26th annual Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O’ Night Divine Charity Ball on Dec. 7, 2019.

Stephna and Blair Masters, Connie Jo and Brad Bowen, and Denise Bugos

Dr. Chris and Kim Simpson

Mayumi Nakamura and Tim Gossett

Brian and Laura Seymour, Jim and Amy Norred, Kim and Vic Miles, and Toni and Brandon Clark

Dr. Missy and Jeff Clifton Susan and Rex Barrett Kyle and Amanda Rogers, Jessica and Jody Hendrix, Erin and Brandon Campbell, Lela and John Davidson, and Mauriahh and Mo Esquivel

They’ll have two kids. A live-in parent. And all the care they need.

Thanks for helping us build a healthier NWA. Our $277 million expansion is doing exactly what was intended: making sure our care is growing right along with families in Northwest Arkansas. Mercy is now providing more care than ever before, and as you can see below, there’s even more to come. Mercy’s expanded care: • Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine • Mercy Clinic Rheumatology • Mercy Clinic Orthopedics • Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine • Mercy Clinic Occupational Medicine • Mercy Therapy Services • Mercy Clinic Pediatrics • Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Pea Ridge, I Street and N. Walton 2019 expansion: • Springdale Multispecialty Facility • Mercy Hospital Tower: 300+ inpatient beds, 7 floors, expanded Heart and Vascular services, Women and Children services (NICU) and an additional 1,000 health care jobs including 100 providers

Learn more and support the vision at mercy.net/ProgressNWA Your life is our life’s work.

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




Lee and Linda Scott Family


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Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Grab your boots and head over to Horton Farms for this country chic event. The evening includes a dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. For more information, visit www.nwasunshineschool.org.


Community members gather at the Northwest Arkansas Community College and then place pinwheels at locations across Benton County to represent each confirmed child abuse case. This pinwheel rally is in honor of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. For more details, visit www.cacbentonco.com.

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Children’s Safety Center

Kick off Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month by placing pinwheels at 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 2018. For more information, visit www.childrenssafetycenter.org.


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 www.nwafw.com.

5 | A VINTAGE AFFAIR FOR MS National Multiple Sclerosis Society

A Vintage Affair for MS at the Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery features live and silent auctions, wine tastings, a wine pull and excellent food in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Funds raised
will support the National MS Society's work to mobilize people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives while MS is stopped in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. For more details, visit www.avintageaffairms.org.

Sunshine School & Development Center


Fayetteville Junior Civic League

The Big Party theme is I Love Fayetteville, and the event will be held at George’s Majestic Lounge. For more information, please visit www.Facebook.com/FayettevilleJuniorCivicLeague.


This event includes a marathon, half-marathon, 5K and relay starting in Springdale. For details, visit www.hogeyemarathon.com.

6 | MARCH FOR BABIES March of Dimes

By participating in March for Babies at Arvest Ballpark, you’re joining in the fight against premature birth and supporting programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. For details and to register, visit www.marchforbabies.org.

9 - 14 | WAITRESS Walton Arts Center

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, this musical tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert piemaker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Brought to life by an all-female creative team, “Waitress” features original music and lyrics by Grammy Award nominee and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles. For tickets, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.



Join Girls on the Run for its Out-of-the-Box Luncheon and help support more local girls in the upcoming seasons. For more details, visit www.gotrnwa.org.

The shelter will host an empowerment celebration to thank supporters and donors for all their efforts in helping to raise funds and awareness for domestic violence prevention in Northwest Arkansas. Attendees will learn about the future of the organization and ways to get more involved as a donor, volunteer and advocate for the mission of the organization. For more details, visit www.nwaws.org.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas

5 - 6 | WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES Ozark Guidance

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. Proceeds provide services to people across Northwest Arkansas with behavioral health issues. For more information, visit www.ozarkguidance.org.

Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

11 | BAR AND GRILL Peace at Home Family Shelter

Ten local law firms will serve up dishes from their best culinary talents for the Bar and Grill competition at Stone Chapel at MattLane Farm. For more details, visit www.peaceathomeshelter.org.


12 | CHERISHING CHILDREN GLOW RUN 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 chiptimed 5K glow run beginning at the Frisco Stage in downtown Rogers. For more information, please visit www.cacbentonco.com.


APPRECIATION LUNCHEON Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County

Join the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County at the Embassy Suites as corporate sponsors are appreciated for their continued support and dedication. For details, visit www.spsfbc.org.




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, live and silent auctions, music and more at the John Q. Hammons Center. For more details, visit www.imwithmiller.com.


Pagnozzi Charities

Get out those rods and reels for the Big Bass Tournament to help open the door of athletic experience to disadvantaged youth. For more details, visit www.pagnozzicharities.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma Red Shoe Soirée Lindsay and Dr. Kyle Dixon



Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Join Bass Pro Shops and Mercy at Top of the Rock for this event featuring golf at one of Johnny Morris’ courses, clay shooting at Bass Pro Shops World Class Shooting Academy and more. For more information, visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving.

The Spark Foundation

The Cow Paddy Run is a 5K and 1K fun run at Gulley Park hosted by The Spark Foundation. Proceeds support increased access to health and fitness opportunities and innovative educational projects in local schools. For more details, visit www.cowpaddyrun.com.

13 | NWA HEART WALK American Heart Association

This family event features many interactive areas for all ages and walks of life, including a kids’ zone, pet zone, survivor and tribute area, hands-only CPR training and sponsor booths. For more information, please visit www.nwaheartwalk.org.


Alzheimer’s Association

Two teams of women divided into blondes and brunettes compete in a flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more at www.alz.org/RivALZ.

15 | WINE DINNER Restore Humanity

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

16 | BIG BUSINESS BRUNCHES Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Part of a series of three brunches, the first event offers the opportunity to hear an interview with Charles Redfield during brunch at 21c Museum Hotel. For more details, visit www.bbbsnwa.org.

25 | WALL OF DISTINCTION BANQUET Rogers Public Education Foundation

This annual banquet in Pinnacle Ballroom at the Embassy Suites pays tribute to the special accomplishments of Rogers School District alumni, teachers, administrators, parents and supportive community members. All proceeds go toward providing enriching educational tools to Rogers School District teachers. For more information, visit www.rogerspef.com.

25 | BUTTERFLIES & BLOOMS Saving Grace

The annual Butterflies & Blooms luncheon benefits the lives of the young ladies who call Saving Grace home. For more information, visit www.savinggracenwa.org.

25 | TAKE BACK THE NIGHT MARCH University of Arkansas STAR Central

This march in Fayetteville raises awareness about sexual violence and provides support for survivors. For more details, visit respect.uark.edu.


This annual fundraising event for the NWACC Foundation features a garden reception, entertainment and an indoor seated dinner at the Ballroom at I Street in Bentonville. For more information, please visit www.nwaccfoundation.org.




This modern cocktail-casual fundraising event at Record in Bentonville supports the work of RMHC of Arkoma in Northwest Arkansas, including the Ronald McDonald House at Washington Regional, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Mercy NWA and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a specialty cocktail, live and silent auctions, raffles and an after party. For more details, visit www.nwaredshoesoiree.com.

Susan G. Komen Ozark will be launching the new MORE THAN PINK Walk™ event, formerly known as Komen Ozark Race for the Cure. Along with a new name, the event will include a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen Ozark's supporters make possible. For more details, please visit www.komenozark.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma




Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

Bentonville Public Schools Foundation

The Gold Rush Run in downtown Bentonville consists of a 5K and fun run. Proceeds support grants for the school district. Register and learn more at www.bentonvilleschoolfoundation.org.

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The Heroes Gala at the John Q. Hammons Center features a special evening of dining, dancing and honoring our nation’s military veterans and first responders. For details, visit www.sheepdogia.org.



Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Shop for your garden at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. From 5-8 p.m. April 26, the sale will be open to garden members only. The public sale will be 8 a.m. to noon April 27. For details, visit www.bgozarks.org.

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Susan G. Komen Ozark


The Peel Compton Foundation

This fundraiser includes a gourmet dinner, dessert, live music, and live and silent auctions at Castle Rogue’s Manor. For more information, visit www.turpentinecreek.org.

29 | CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

The annual Native Tree and Plant Sale at Compton Gardens features events for the entire family, music and demonstrations from local craftsmen. For more details, please visit www.peelcompton.org.

This annual event held at the Arkansas Air & 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 details, visit www.fayedfoundation.org.



Enjoy live performances of classic children's tales throughout the garden at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and Arts Live Theatre’s eARTh Theatre Festival. The event includes Earth Day craft booths as well as fun activities for families. For more information, visit www.bgozarks.org.

Hit the greens and support compassionate, high-quality care for those in need. For more details, visit www.wregional.com.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

27 | LITERARY INSPIRATIONS Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra

This concert at the Bentonville West Performing Arts Center will feature the return of Allison Eldredge, concert cellist and recording artist, who will perform the Grammy Award-winning Tales of Hemingway Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Michael Daugherty. For more details, visit www.arphil.org.

Washington Regional Medical Foundation


Celebrate the services that WelcomeHealth provides with dinner, a silent auction, clinic presentation and a ceremony honoring a volunteer. For more information, please visit www.welcomehealthnwa.org.

TBD | ALES & TAILS Humane Society of the Ozarks

Enjoy a crawfish boil, samples of regional and local brews, live music and crawfish racing at the Washington County Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit www.hsozarks.org.


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 more details, visit www.amazeum.org.

Sunshine School & Development Center Sunshine Gala Chris and Sarah Collins

Making Dreams Come True Since 1903. At Simmons, we take pride in helping Arkansans buy the perfect home, finance a new business or save for a child’s college education. Whatever your dreams are, Simmons can help make them come true.

2018 Color of Hope Gala & Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament Raises More Than $1.5 Million Premier Event Supports Care Close to Home at Arkansas Children’s Northwest Thanks to the generous Northwest Arkansas community, the 11th annual Color of Hope Gala on Aug. 3, 2018, and the 25th annual Will Golf 4 Kids Tournament on Aug. 2 and 3, 2018, raised $1,577,860 to benefit Arkansas Children’s Northwest, the region’s first and only children’s hospital. Golf tournament chairs Mike Sewell and Kyden Reeh and gala chairs Joanie and Jon Dyer delivered an exceptional occasion that included more than 850 golfers and 1,700 guests. The gala featured a gourmet dinner, the signature Hopetini cocktail created by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, premier live and silent auction items, and musical entertainment by Lost Wax and Ashton Martin. Part of the fun at Color of Hope is all the guests wearing the chosen color. Last year, partygoers were dressed in their best raspberry-hued attire and carried out the tradition of a colorthemed event. Mike Duke, former president and CEO of Walmart Stores, Inc., delivered the keynote address and encouraged attendees to champion children by getting involved in the mission of Arkansas Children’s. Arkansas Children’s Northwest opened its doors in February 2018 and provides accessible and right-sized care for the more than 200,000 children living in the Northwest Arkansas region. The freestanding pediatric facility, located in Springdale, is the only one of its kind in the area and provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services. In addition, the hospital houses an imaging and diagnostics center; a state-of-the-art surgery suite with five operating rooms; a helipad; and child life, pastoral and social services. Since opening, Arkansas Children’s Northwest is averaging about 2,200 visits per month. For more information about how to volunteer, make a gift or schedule an appointment, visit www.archildrens.org/northwest.

"Building a culture of philanthropy takes commitment from all levels, and that includes board support. As a member of the Arkansas Children’s Foundation Board, I want to make sure I do my part so I’ve taken on the task of chairing Color of Hope Gala 2019." -Mandy Macke-

2019 Color of Hope Gala Chair Announced...Mandy Macke! Let the countdown begin! It’s official — Mandy Macke, executive director and vice chairman for the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, has been named the 2019 Color of Hope Gala chair. Macke’s positive energy is sure to spur involvement and galvanize efforts to GO GOLD at the 2019 event. Save the date for Aug. 2, 2019, at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

She says, “There’s something special about committing time to promoting an organization that has such an important mission – taking care of children. Although I don’t have kids, I’m proud to be a champion of children and join so many of our community members in making sure local children have continued access to health care close to home, working for a healthier tomorrow.”

“Gold is such a fun and magical color,” Macke says. “And although it’s one of my favorite colors, the choice to Go Gold for Color of Hope 2019 is much more than that. It’s the color that represents pediatric cancer awareness - which is the leading cause of death by disease for kids under the age of 15 across the country. Yet, less than 4 percent of federal-government funding for cancer research goes toward pediatric cancer.”

She continues, “As a state we need to move the needle in children’s health care and make sure Arkansas is not in the bottom tier of caring for our kids. Arkansas Children’s offers much more than an emergency room or a destination for families faced with serious diagnosis for their child. The education element, outreach programs (including mobile dental), and preventative care are all just part of the big picture.”

In an effort to increase visibility of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September, Arkansas Children’s Northwest is kicking that off a month prior with funds from Color of Hope going toward hematology/oncology efforts in Northwest Arkansas. Macke adds, “We need to increase services and programs for our local families facing such a serious diagnosis.”

Of course Macke also knows that having successful programs and services depends on the power of philanthropy. “I have said this so many times but I think we live in one of the most generous communities in the country. I hope the people of Northwest Arkansas come out on Aug. 2 to support and invest in the future of children’s health care in Northwest Arkansas.”

Macke began serving on the Arkansas Children’s Foundation Board of Directors in 2016. Understanding firsthand how the prolonged illness of a child can affect a family and the promise of health, Macke is an outspoken advocate for providing care close to home for children and their families.

Macke and the event committee expect the gala to reach record attendance and fundraising goals. Sponsorships and tickets are available. For more information or to get involved, please visit www.golfandgala.com.

Mandy Macke (COH Gala 2019 Chair) pictured with Arkansas Children's Northwest Ambassadors. The August event color is GOLD, raising awareness for pediatric cancer.

Walker Legacy in Improving Children’s Health Celebrated at Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital’s Brilliantly Lit Stairway Serves as a Beacon for Families Across the Region

Pat Walker will forever be lauded as a matriarch of Northwest Arkansas and a pioneer community advocate for children. Through her advocacy and philanthropy, she provided many people the opportunity to reach their full potential. Each gift she made came with a sincere desire to better others’ lives. Mrs. Walker was a strong advocate for children’s health during her lifetime, and in her final years she was particularly excited about the establishment of Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. The Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation is a long-time supporter of Arkansas Children’s. In 2003, the foundation committed $1 million to support ventilators in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and in 2010 the NICU was named in honor of Mrs. Walker’s commitment to health care. In 2011, Arkansas Children’s Hospital received a $2 million gift from the Walker Foundation in support of the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. And just last year, the Walker Foundation announced a transformational gift of $8 million to help construct Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. In recognition of the Walker Foundation’s $8 million leadership gift in support of Arkansas Children’s Northwest, the Beacon of Hope was named in Pat’s honor. The Pat Walker Beacon of Hope is a lighted, multi-color stairwell spanning the height of the building that lights the way to Arkansas Children’s Northwest for families in need. It pays tribute to the incredible and generous legacy of Pat Walker and the Walker family and symbolizes a steadfast commitment to champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow. “On behalf of our entire family, we made this gift to Arkansas Children’s Northwest to honor Mother and Dad,” says Johnny Mike Walker, chairman of the board of the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation. “I am particularly proud that Mother’s name will forever be associated with the Beacon of Hope. She was that beacon for so many people.”

The late Pat Walker, with son Johnny Mike

“Pat would be very proud of the effort to reach more children in more ways. We are delighted to continue our investment in a healthier tomorrow for all children throughout Arkansas.” In addition to the Pat Walker Beacon of Hope, outpatient services and the helipad at Arkansas Children’s Northwest also bear the family’s name. The Pat & Willard Walker Family Outpatient Services is located on the third floor of Arkansas Children’s Northwest and provides more than 15 pediatric subspecialties. The Willard Walker Helipad supports the highly trained Angel One Transport Team, which includes two helicopters, four ambulances and access to a fixedwing aircraft. Historically, Angel One has transported approximately 350 critically ill and injured children from the 11-county Northwest Arkansas region to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock every year. Macke reflects on what Mrs. Walker would think about the foundation’s generous investment in children saying, “Pat would be very proud of the effort to reach more children in more ways. We are delighted to continue our investment in a healthier tomorrow for all children throughout Arkansas.” “I believe we can make Color of Hope 2019 an epic year for Arkansas Children’s Northwest and make more dreams a reality in regard to quality health care close to home for our children,” Macke says. For more information about how to volunteer, make a gift or schedule an appointment, visit www.archildrens.org/northwest.



This Kentucky Derby themed gala at Horton Farms features live and silent auctions, dinner, mint juleps and more. Information is available at www.jdrf.org.


Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) American Heart Association Go Red For Women Leslie Lentz, Marilu Henner and Tina Winham

This performance will feature Revueltas’ Sensemayá, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring cellist Edgar Moreau and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. For more information, please visit www.sonamusic.org.

4 | DOGWOOD WALK Humane Society of the Ozarks

Bring your dogs out for the Dogwood Walk at Gulley Park in Fayetteville. This day of fun features dog contests, lunch and more. For more details, visit www.hsozarks.org.

4 | MINI DERBY Equestrian Bridges


Enjoy live mini horse racing, mint juleps, music, a Kentucky Derby watch party, silent auction, hat and bowtie contest, pony rides, petting zoo and more. The event at Parkerman Stables in Fayetteville benefits local families who have children with special needs through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). For more information, please visit www.equestrianbridges.org.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Enjoy garden-inspired fare, drinks, live jazz entertainment and auctions at Greening of the Garden. For more information, please visit www.bgozarks.org.

3 - 12 | A KID LIKE JAKE Arkansas Public Theatre

The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, this play is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both. This production contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences. For tickets and more information, please visit www.arkansaspublictheatre.org.


Hope Cancer Resources

Put on your running shoes for the 10K/5K run and 5K walk at Old Tiger Stadium in Bentonville in honor of Heather, who passed away from colon cancer in 2004. For more information, please visit www.heathersraceforhope.com.

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas Golf Classic Chris O'Brien with his daughter Erin O'Brien




Hit the greens at the Mercy Golf Classic at the Pinnacle Country Club. This event features several on-course activities, food and fun, and it supports enhanced health care services across Northwest Arkansas. For more details, visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving.

Help raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development and access to high-quality care at the Great Strides Walk at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. This family-friendly walk includes food, music and activities. For more details, visit www.cff.org/Arkansas.

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation



Enjoy breakfast and special guest speakers at the Pinnacle Country Club to raise awareness, funding and support for families in Arkansas facing the challenges of ALS. For details, visit www.als-arkansas.org.

The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Celebration at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade includes a 5K, toddler trot and youth run. For more details, visit www.kendrickfincher.org.

ALS Association


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 www.bentonvillefilmfestival.com.

Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life


Join Open Avenues for this fun golf tournament at the Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club. For more details, visit www.openavenues.org.

16 | PUTTS & PINTS Open Avenues


Bailey & Oliver’s Kids Foundation

Enjoy great food, music, dancing, horse events and a silent auction at this annual cowboy-themed event at Oliver Ranch in Highfill. For more details, visit www.baileyoliverlawfirm.com.


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 local fundraisers will be announced at the Grand Finale at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, which will feature a formal dinner and silent and live auctions. For more information, please visit www.mwoy.org/gateway.

10 - 11 | AIM WEEKEND Autism Involves Me

The weekend includes a golf tournament on May 10 at the Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club and a walk and family fun day on May 11 at Benton County Fairgrounds. For more information, please visit www.aimnwa.org.

ALS Association Corporate Sponsor Breakfast Betty Julian, Jim Tull, Jennifer Necessary and John Furner

This miniature golf tournament at Golf Mountain includes drinks, food, prizes and more. For more details, visit www.openavenues.org.


Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO)

Enjoy a day of golf at the Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club and help support the work AAO does to build champions for life through the transformational power of sports. To register and learn more, please visit www.aaoteam.org.


17 - 18 | ART OF WINE


This festival features hundreds of wines, food from area restaurants and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Walton Arts Center’s community arts education efforts. For details, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

The largest “guys only” night in Northwest Arkansas features a steak dinner, live and silent auctions, top shelf drinks and cigars. For tickets and additional information, visit www.sjfay.com.

Walton Arts Center

St. Joseph Catholic School



This luncheon at the John Q. Hammons Center aims to educate men and women about heart health. The event includes a boutique expo, guest speaker and more. For more information, please visit nwagored.heart.org.

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

American Heart Association

21 | BIG BUSINESS BRUNCHES Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Part of a series of three brunches, the second event offers the opportunity to hear an interview with Latriece Watkins during brunch at 21c Museum Hotel. For more details, visit www.bbbsnwa.org.

TBD | GOLF MARATHON The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

Board members, coaches and supporters of The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas will spend a day playing golf at the Shadow Valley Country Club. For more details, visit www.thefirstteenwa.org.

TBD | GOLF TOURNAMENT Horses for Healing

5.28 - 6.2 | CATS Walton Arts Center

Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

This musical tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. For more information and tickets, please visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

Horses for Healing 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 information, visit www.horsesforhealingnwa.org.


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Community By: Erin Hogue, Senior Manager Northwest Arkansas Giving Program at the Walmart Foundation

For any business, there’s a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the communities where they operate. That’s a daily reality for Walmart and our 2.3 million associates around the world. In our headquarters region, our associates are just as much a part of the Northwest Arkansas community as our customers. We’re neighbors and friends. That community relationship extends into our work to fight hunger where locally we are collaborating with organizations like the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank to help extend their reach and impact. That includes providing grocery donations as well as funds for equipment, trucks and logistical expertise to create long-term positive change and increase community access to healthy food. It all started 10 years ago when Sam’s Club – yes, Sam’s Club – piloted the company's first food donation program. And before long, the program was expanded to the Walmart side of the business. Since 2014, stores, clubs and distribution centers across the country have donated almost 3 billion pounds of food to food banks and pantries, including more than 21 million pounds in Northwest Arkansas. And did you know that last year over half of all donations were fruits and vegetables? I was reminded again of how important our collective work is when I recently visited the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and saw our retail recovery work in action. Ruben, a driver for the food bank, unloaded truckloads of donated fruits and vegetables from three Northwest Arkansas stores and clubs that were then sorted for pick up or delivery to any of the 160 partner agencies such as the Samaritan Community Center and Feed the 479. Ruben Guererro, a driver for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

But it’s not just about donating food – it’s also about getting food to the people who need it. In 2010 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made their first public commitment to help fight hunger — a commitment of $2 billion in grant funds and in-kind food donations that helped charitable food organizations across the country. But that’s just the start. I’m proud to say that in 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation set a goal to deliver 4 billion meals over five years to people in need by 2020, reaching that milestone ahead of schedule this year. Throughout, we have continued to invest in Northwest Arkansas to alleviate food insecurity and this wouldn’t be possible without the amazing work our local organizations, like the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and their agencies, are doing every day.

Erin Hogue with Kent Eikenberry, President/CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

Serving communities is in Walmart’s DNA. Our company was formed to bring people access to the most important things they need to live their lives better – and as the world’s largest grocer what’s more important than access to food? Working with organizations like our local food bank, we will continue to facilitate food donations through our stores, strengthen the charitable food system to increase access and availability, and help people live better by encouraging healthier eating.

Walmart & Sam’s Club Shopper Marketing Team

we are MORE Coca-Cola has been refreshing people, creating economic value and making a positive difference in communities since 1886, when the very first Coca-Cola was sold in Atlanta.

The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The CocaCola Company, has given back more than $1 billion to communities worldwide since its inception in 1984 and has reached more than 655 million people worldwide over the last 30-plus years through its support of more than 2,400 organizations. The foundation’s focus is on protecting the environment, empowering women, education and enhancing communities. As a global company that operates locally, Coca-Cola partners with many different organizations from the United Way to local Boys & Girls Clubs, the Ronald McDonald House and the Walton Arts Center. When the local team looks to invest their time and resources, they ensure they’re renewing Water, Women and Communities, which are strategic priorities. Coca-Cola’s local business leaders serve on nonprofit boards including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, Boys and Girls Club of Benton County and the Walton Arts Center. However, one of the company’s most recognized partnerships is with the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF). The film festival has always been a week of inclusion, celebration and community for the Coca-Cola family. Coke team members are proud to champion the mission of diversity and inclusion in all forms of media and workplaces including women’s empowerment and leadership. Empowering more women globally is important to both Walmart and Coca-Cola. Why? Women are responsible for 70 percent of

spend time volunteering at The Samaritan Center

household purchases, are the world’s fastest growing economic force and control more than $20 trillion of global spending. As Northwest Arkansas will host the fifth year of the film festival, the team is excited to take the best of the previous events and focus efforts on highlighting its #COCACOLARENEW campaign in a bigger way in 2019. But you can still count on the company’s broad portfolio of refreshing products being front and center for festival-goers. From the beginning, there was a clear alignment with the BFF because of The Coca-Cola Company’s global focus on empowering women, gender equality, and diversity and inclusion. By partnering with the BFF, Coca-Cola was not only saying yes in support of championing women and diverse voices in media, but being a part of one of the most visible platforms for giving in Northwest Arkansas. It’s made even stronger by us joining with Walmart, a valuable festival partner who shares our values and is a fellow advocate for change, so that together we can provide a positive experience for all. Coca-Cola knows it’s only as strong as the communities it serves. So, giving time and resources is truly ingrained in the company’s culture helping contribute to the long-term success of communities for years to come. “Our brands touch lives and families in personal ways,” says Dan Grover, Group Director, Category Advisory at Coca-Cola, as well as the local Community Engagement Leader. “We encourage our associates to engage in their communities just like our brands do.” The Northwest Arkansas team knows there’s something special about helping build the “small-town tight-knit community” feel with all the amenities and cultural benefits of a larger metropolitan area.

we are Kids

You won’t find a more passionate advocate for kids than Erica Zubriski. As VP Sales and Walmart Team Lead at Mattel Inc., she’s not only personally invested in helping the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter succeed, but professionally as well. She’s served on the children’s shelter’s board of directors since 2015. What started as a corporate sponsor years ago has grown to a larger commitment for the Mattel team and additionally led to Zubriski serving on the marketing and fund development committee. “While we’re fortunate to live in Northwest Arkansas,” Zubriski says, “the need is so great. You don’t have to look far to find kids who can benefit from giving hope into their lives.” Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter Executive Director Maury Peterson says, “It’s been important to have Erica’s leadership and perspective. It takes a lot of time, energy and personal involvement, and her team does a lot more than just show up for the basics.” Locally, the Mattel team started hosting activities and experiences for kids at the shelter that foster development across social, emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. “Everyone on the team feels passionate about helping those in need,” Zubriski adds. “Mattel also acknowledges that what we do on a global level needs to have a local activation and we’re living the mission, vision and values of that in Northwest Arkansas. We’re paying it forward to the community.”

Northwest Arkansas’ Mattel, Inc. team

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter celebrated 25 years last year, and has served more than 10,000 kids throughout the state. The shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides 24-hour residential, emergency triage care for children throughout Arkansas who are victims of abandonment, abuse or neglect. Its mission is to provide children in crisis with a safe haven, high-quality care and hope for the future. The shelter provides trauma-informed teachers and staff that can help make huge progress using consistency in working with abused and neglected kids. Peterson adds, “The power of consistent, unconditional love coupled with knowing ‘I can do more and don’t have to live in chaos’ is absolutely life-changing.” Through giving and support from companies like Mattel, the children’s shelter staff and volunteers are able to help kids get their driver’s licenses and GEDs; not to mention do things like learning to ride a bike and take trips to Chick-fil-A for the first time. Some kids are able to progress years in a matter of weeks simply because they’ve seen (many for the first time) a more stable environment and that people really do care. Zubriski adds, “We want kids to know their past doesn’t have to define them. Everything we do at Mattel is anchored in the power of play. A well-rounded child can grow into a well-rounded adult. Enriching kids early on can certainly benefit them later on in life.” We couldn’t agree more.

we are Heart

“Who’s your reason? What’s your why?” Experiencing more of life’s precious moments with the ones you love is why living a healthier life is so important. Everyone has a reason in his or her life to do so. And so, the American Heart Association asks, “Who’s your reason? What’s your why?” Alsup is quick to say, “My why is ‘how do I prevent heart disease for myself and my children?’ How do I manage stress and food? It’s so important to take care of yourself.” Not only does Alsup and her team have their personal reasons for involvement with the heart association, but professionally as well. The former company president had a heart attack. “Paris Presents is small enough that we get to choose our own charity to partner with,” Alsup says. “It’s not only what we do, but it’s how we do it.” And Paris Presents always does it right. For the last three years they’ve stepped up to host the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red kick-off party – a fun event to celebrate sponsors and recruit members. Alsup and team give away fabulous goody bags when women sign up to become a member for $1,000 for the year.

Debbie Alsup (center), Tracy Neal (right) and Debbie Sonnentag (left)

As senior director, Walmart team leader for Paris Presents, Inc., Debbie Alsup has a servant heart. She’s always the first to open her beautiful office space to host events for local nonprofits, but the American Heart Association is a cause she and her team members personally champion … and for good reason. Alsup first got involved with the heart association about 10 years ago when her daughter participated in the sweetheart program. Team member Tracy Neal says her grandmother is the reason for her involvement, while Debbie Sonnentag’s brother-in-law had a heart attack at just 45 years old striking a major chord with her when it comes to heart health. Many of us have heart disease that runs in our family or have been touched by the disease in some way that hits close to home. Alsup’s father-in-law had a quadruple bypass; her father had open-heart surgery as well as the TVAR (Transaortic Heart Valve Replacement) surgery at Mayo Clinic this year; and two years ago her husband suffered a heart attack because of Hemochromatosis (where there’s too much iron in blood).

When women sign up to be a part of the Circle of Red, they get tickets to the Go Red for Women luncheon (which celebrates 15 years this year) and Paris Presents is there to provide beauty tips helping relate the outside to the inside. “It really is the Pulse of Beauty,” Alsup says. “It all interacts together … when you look good, you feel good. It works together for the best parts of self care.” The American Heart Association has several fun events happening this year to bring awareness and raise funds in support of cardiovascular disease and stroke research. Paris Presents creates meaningful brands that are empowering women with affordable, high-quality, product lines that complete their beauty routine, which is exactly why a partnership with an organization like the heart association makes perfect sense. Alsup adds, “Our commitment to our consumers and their communities inspires us to reach out beyond our everyday products and services. We believe in making efforts, small or big, to help create a more beautiful world.”

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“It’s good to have U&I work at the forefront to support new employee orientation, inter office engagement, and to externalize Unilever’s vision on diversity and inclusion to the NWA supplier community,” said Steve Schumacher, Unilever VP Walmart & Club. At Unilever North America, the employees are encouraged to build an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive, creating a world-class employer brand experience. “Every voice matters, every story celebrated” is the rallying cry adopted by many groups passionate about diversity and inclusion. These Business Resource Groups (BRGs) have been the catalysts to drive the transformation of the Unilever North America culture, engaging more than 5,000 employees across North America. There are eight BRGs headquartered at Unilever North America’s home office located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Each one supports a specific diversity group: GALvanize (Women’s Resource Group), BE-U (Black Excellence at Unilever), Diversability (People with Disabilities and Allies), and Pride (LGBTQ) are just a few. A new BRG called U&I was added to the Unilever North America Roster in February 2017. Originating at the Rogers, Arkansas, office, U&I’s vision is to create an environment within its office that acknowledges and appreciates diversity and promotes an inclusive atmosphere so that the Unilever Rogers office is known as a place where every individual feels free to bring their authentic selves to work every single day. The group is considered very important to the foundation of diversity and inclusion at the Rogers office by the leadership team. U&I is unique to Unilever because it supports all diversity groups and encourages the team to bring with them diverse perspectives, work experiences, lifestyles and cultures. Since its founding, U&I has pursued initiatives under three focus areas: Workplace, Community and Global Marketplace. The focus of the Workplace is to attract, engage and develop the most diverse supplier talent group in Northwest Arkansas and to

empower the ownership of Unilever employees’ personal careers. The group hosted events like U&I Talk and Unconscious Bias Roundtable. U&I Talk created an opportunity for the leadership team members to share their career development journey. The Roundtable creates a safe and open environment for employees to discuss how to address unconscious bias at the workplace. Under the Community focus area, the group creates awareness and participates in diverse community activities and volunteering opportunities in Northwest Arkansas. It also has a charge to use local platforms to communicate diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives at Unilever North America. Members of this group have worked to acknowledge and celebrate some nationally recognized history and heritage months such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Heritage Month, LGBTQ Awareness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. They also established connections with diversified nonprofit organizations in the area to create volunteering opportunities for its members. Under the Global Marketplace pillar, the group looks to create a more global mindset within the Unilever Rogers office as well as build a networking pipeline with teams in other countries to gain and share business learnings and insights. The group is committed to being the “cultural ambassador” of the office. The group members arrange quarterly culture fairs to share cultural facts, category and industry insights, and brand stories from around the world. In the coming year, U&I is planning to continue networking with D&I leaders in the Northwest Arkansas corporate community and University of Arkansas to build collaboration among D&I groups. The goal is to continue to create a positive perception of D&I in Northwest Arkansas and to support Northwest Arkansas as a destination where diverse talent can thrive.

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With offices in Northwest Arkansas, Cincinnati, San Bruno, Hoboken, Columbus and Dallas, Saatchi & Saatchi X brings together a diverse and talented team. Strategists, artists and technologists collaborate to solve retail’s most difficult challenges. “Today’s retail economy means it’s critical people are at the center of our work as we bring data and artificial intelligence to the physical and digital purchase environments,” President and CEO Jessica Hendrix says. Putting people first also informs the way Xers serve their communities.

Saatchi & Saatchi X CEO Jessica Hendrix

“At Saatchi & Saatchi X, we help clients grow top-line sales and market share no matter the environment, challenge or timeline." Jessica Hendrix

The company’s new “&X” branding represents the many “ands” each of the company’s employees bring to their work and their communities each day. To each other they’re known as Xers, bound together by shared passion to build great relationships and great work that builds their clients’ businesses. “It’s simply an updated visual representation of our approach and the work we deliver daily as we help our clients deliver today and navigate tomorrow,” Hendrix says. While Xers live and work in prosperous communities, there also is so much need and the company has chosen to focus primarily on the needs of children. Saatchi X organizes its efforts through The C.A.R.E. Initiative, a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Saatchi & Saatchi X employees, who raise money through multiple fundraising events each year. Giving back is a huge part of what the company is. To date, The C.A.R.E. Initiative has given more than $1 million to local organizations, including Children’s Safety Center, Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County, CASA, NWA Children’s Shelter and EOA Children’s House. The largest event of the year is Las Faygas, a super fun casino night themed fundraiser in Northwest Arkansas that brings Saatchi X employees, clients and suppliers together. “Of course we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the strong partnership of employees and the community,” Hendrix adds. “The C.A.R.E. Initiative is just one example of the way Xers bring the spirit of '&' to everything we do. We care deeply about our work and our clients and our communities.” In 2018, the company decided to bring that spirit of “and” to life. “It’s what we consider our X-factor, our special sauce, in the form of a refreshed brand identity and logo mark,” Hendrix says. The "&X" has layered meaning. First, it represents the agency’s continued commitment to innovate and deliver in the ever-evolving world of retail and shopper marketing. The ampersand illustrates the power of collaboration and how the company partners with clients and each other to solve business challenges. The X reflects its unique offering and leadership in the shopper marketing industry. “At Saatchi & Saatchi X, we help clients grow top-line sales and market share no matter the environment, challenge or timeline," Hendrix says. "Our unique approach of bringing strategy, creative and execution together delivers operationally superior ideas and solutions. Our deep understanding of shopper behavior, retailer priorities and brand imperatives enables us to solve the impossible.”




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The talented artists from Opera in the Ozarks will be at the garden for a fun, family-friendly performance on the Great Lawn. For more information, visit www.bgozarks.org.

This summer party at the Fayetteville Town Center features Mexican food, festive beverages, live music and dancing, a salsa tasting competition and a unique silent auction. For more information, please visit www.childrenshousenwa.org.

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Bella Vista Foundation & Bella Vista Property Owners Association

This professional golf tournament at the Bella Vista Country Club includes a practice for visiting players, Pro-Am party and tournament, golf clinic, long drive contest and silent auction. For more details, visit www.bellavistafoundation.com.



This event includes a panel discussion with executives from various industries focusing their dialogue on topics pertaining to leadership. Visit www.nwahavenwood.org for more information.


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

This city-wide multi-day blues festival boasts some of the most unique performers in the nation. For more information, please visit www.eurekaspringsblues.com.

EOA Children’s House

18 - 23 | LES MISÉRABLES Walton Arts Center

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, this musical tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. For details and tickets, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.


Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

Join the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas for its signature event, celebrating supporters, alumni and recipients with a dinner and award ceremony at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more information, visit www.spsfnwa.org.

20 - 22 | THE CANCER CHALLENGE The Cancer Challenge

One weekend, one community, one fight for one cause: it’s The Cancer Challenge. This premier charity event in Bella Vista includes golf and tennis tournaments, trap shoot, 5K and 10K. To volunteer, donate or participate, visit www.cancerchallenge.com.


Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

This fashion show features local inspirational and influential moms showcasing summer fashions from Northwest Arkansas businesses. The evening also includes a silent auction, and all event proceeds benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. For details, visit www.instagram.com/momandsomuch/.

14 - 23 | A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 Arkansas Public Theatre

In the final scene of Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. In this play, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. This production contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences. For details, visit www.arkansaspublictheatre.org.

EOA Children's House Summer Salsa Brett and Julie Parker with Delia Anderson Farmer and Larry Farmer


21 | THE LONGEST DAY Alzheimer’s Association

On the summer solstice – the day with the most light – the Alzheimer's Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer's disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support and research. People across the world will participate in a fundraising activity on The Longest Day. Together, the strength of our light will outshine the darkness of Alzheimer’s. For details, visit www.alz.org/TheLongestDay.

21 | ART IN THE GARDEN Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Explore the garden in full bloom while enjoying curated works by talented artists at this must-see art display and sale at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. The event also includes delicious food, drinks and live music. For more information, visit www.bgozarks.org.

24 | REINERT CUP CLASSIC Ozark Guidance

Join Ozark Guidance for the annual Reinert Cup Classic. Proceeds from this golf tournament at the Springdale Country Club support counseling services for Northwest Arkansas families. To register and learn more, visit www.ozarkguidance.org.



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


This three-day food festival celebrates the region's best cuisines, restaurants and chefs, giving attendees an unparalleled culinary experience in their own backyard. For details, visit www.bitenwa.com.


Saddle up to support local charities at the Rodeo of the Ozarks. Events include a parade and PBR bull riding at Parsons Stadium in Springdale. For more details, visit www.rodeooftheozarks.org.

28 | RED, WHITE & BABY BLUE Jackson L. Graves Foundation

Red, White & Baby Blue includes 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 more information, please visit www.jacksongraves.org.

29 | TEE OFF FOR TAYLOR Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation

Tee Off for Taylor includes a golf tournament and reception at the Shadow Valley Country Club with live and silent auctions. For more information, please visit www.taylormckeen.com.

30 | DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Humane Society of the Ozarks

This fundraiser at the Sassafras Springs Vineyard & Winery will feature a caricature artist drawing pictures of dogs and their owners, raffles and more. For details, visit www.hsozarks.org.



Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Enjoy all-you-can-eat catfish, corndogs and more at this unforgettable cornhole competition on the north lawn of Mercy Hospital in Rogers. All proceeds support enhanced programs and services at Mercy Northwest Arkansas. Visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving to register and for more information.

TBD | BEACH BINGO BASH Elizabeth Richardson Center

Beach Bingo Bash is a fun, casual event featuring exciting games of bingo, prizes, tropical food and drinks. Proceeds are used to enhance the lives and promote independence for children and adults with disabilities. For more details, visit www.ercinc.org.

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60 YEARS! Did you know 80 percent of businesses never make it to the second year? So what a special occasion for the Sunshine School & Development Center to celebrate 60 years, making it the oldest nonprofit in Northwest Arkansas. The school commemorated the milestone with a 60th Anniversary Celebration, featuring A Very Special Art Auction, on Nov. 8, 2018, at Record in Bentonville. About 275 guests helped raised more than $90,000, which went toward supporting the ongoing needs at the Sunshine School. The event space was transformed into a beautiful array of unique art pieces created by the children and adults served by the Sunshine School. This fun evening included hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast (complete with a chance to win a diamond solitaire necklace donated by Sam’s Club in Bentonville), live entertainment and success stories. The school’s mission is to develop and enrich the lives of individuals and families through therapy, education and support. It was created in 1958 by two families who had children with disabilities and delays. The Clardys and the Brileys started the school with a classroom in the basement of First United Methodist Church in Rogers. After 60 years, the Sunshine School & Development Center still serves hundreds of individuals each year in its 40,000-square-foot facility on Woods Lane in Rogers.

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Cyndi Bilyeu, the school’s CEO, said she sees miracles happen every day in their hallways. “We work as a multidisciplinary team to focus on making sure our families have all of the resources they need. We see children learn to walk and communicate; we see adults learn to live independently and so much more,” Bilyeu said. “Those miracles are only possible because of the support from our community, and for that we are truly grateful.”

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Ryan Monigan, Dan Grodhaus, Jami Ingling, Carolyn Robbins and Sarah Collins

Save the date for the school’s 2019 fundraising events: Sunshine Gala on April 6, Over the Edge on Sept. 7 and A Very Special Art Show on Nov. 7. For more information about the Sunshine School & Development Center, visit www.nwasunshineschool.org. Tina Winham with Meredith and John Brown

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7.26 - 8.11 | ANNIE

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will perform a patriotic performance on the Great Lawn of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks from 7-9 p.m. For more details, visit www.bgozarks.org.

This production features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a nextto-nothing start in 1930s New York City. For more details, please visit www.arkansaspublictheatre.org.

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4 | RUN FOR VETERANS 7hills Homeless Shelter

Run for Veterans is a 4-mile race and 1-mile fun walk held on the Fourth of July at Veterans Memorial Park at Lake Fayetteville. All proceeds benefit veterans and their families across 7hills Homeless Shelter’s programs. For more information, visit www.7hillscenter.org.

12 | DRIVE AND DINE FOR DEMENTIA The Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation

This event includes golf at the Paradise Valley Athletic Club, followed by a celebratory dinner at the Fayetteville Town Center. For more information, please visit www.broylesfoundation.org.



Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life

Support proper hydration and prevention of heat illness at this four-person scramble golf tournament at the Springdale Country Club. For details, visit www.kendrickfincher.org.


Children’s Safety Center

This gala features live circus acts and music, carnival games, food from local restaurants, signature cocktails, live and silent auctions, and a program about the Children’s Safety Center’s mission to prevent child abuse. For more information, visit www.childrenssafetycenter.org.


Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Dust off your fairy wings and dress up as your favorite fairy or woodland creature for the Firefly Fling. This family-friendly festival features activities such as fairy house building, nature stations and giant bubbles. After dark, enjoy a fire dancing performance and a special community wishes finale. For more information, visit www.bgozarks.org.

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30 | SUMMER CONCERT Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

This concert is part of the summer concert series at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. For details, visit www.bgozarks.org.

31 | HALL OF HONOR LUNCHEON Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

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

TBD | BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Enjoy bowling, pizza, raffles, camaraderie and fun at Fast Lane Entertainment while supporting youth mentoring. Visit www.bbbsnwa.org for more information.



Washington Regional Medical Foundation

This gala at the Walton Arts Center features a lively program with unique performances and also spotlights outstanding health care leadership in Northwest Arkansas. Proceeds raised benefit a variety of hospital programs and projects that promote community health causes. For more information, visit www.wregional.com/gala. Children's Safety Center Dream Big Charity Gala Kirby and Nathan Harris

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Sister Lisa Atkins, a nurse practitioner at Mercy Health System in Northwest Arkansas, felt called to help the poor and dedicate herself to God’s work around age five.

While growing up in New Jersey, she worked at a Franciscan Sistersrun summer camp and volunteered at a Catholic nursing home throughout high school. “For most of my life, I resonated with the Catholic sisters and their total self giving to Jesus and their desire to relieve misery and address its causes,” Atkins says. “Charity is important, but justice is just as important … to ensure that each person can live with dignity and respect and reach their God-given potential.” It was in fact a Sister of Mercy who encouraged Atkins to attend Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, where she graduated

with a psychology degree. Atkins entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1991 (It’s a seven-year process to become a sister.). She helped start Catherine’s Residence, a homeless facility for women and children. While at Belmont she also ministered at the House of Mercy: a Sisters of Mercy residential homeless facility for adults with HIV, in Belmont, North Carolina. Atkins then decided to get her RN at the Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte and went on to obtain her MSN, BSN and Nurse Practitioner degree at Maryville University in St. Louis. Atkins started ministering to the homeless over 26 years ago as well as spending the last 20 years in nursing. She has continued her passion of helping of others since she moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2004 in ministering as a Nurse Practitioner in a Mercy Clinic. Her current ministry of helping the homeless, what she calls the motel ministry, takes place at local motel in downtown Rogers.

Sister Lisa got a phone call in the fall of 2015 from Natalie Tibbs, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County (CAC), alerting Mercy that there was an alarming number of children being abused at a motel in town. Many kids being admitted at the CAC were living there, including an infant who died from abuse. That November, Atkins and her Mercy co-workers went to the motel to offer free flu shots using the Mercy Mobile Unit. In 2016, Sister Lisa, along with Tibbs and Beverly Engle, director of Restoration Village, launched a ministry for the homeless at the motel. Sister Lisa and her volunteers organize a weekly hot meal program every Thursday onsite to create relationships with residents and inform them about social services and medical services offered through Mercy and several other nonprofits in the community. About 85 people are being fed every week and take part in Mercy’s homeless ministry. Sister Lisa noted that this Mercy ministry at the motel is now a community-wide ministry that is embraced by over 60 community partners including nonprofits, banks, 19 churches, and a handful of consistent and dedicated volunteers helping connect the families to other resources, such as getting food stamps, seeing a doctor and addressing their unmet needs. “Without their support, we couldn’t maintain the motel ministry,” Sister Lisa says. “We are making a difference one meal and interaction at a time … change can happen.” Since Sister Lisa and other volunteers have been at the motel the last three years, there have been no reported cases of abuse. Some of the residents are transient, homeless or have lived there for a few years. Longterm residents, many who are elderly, single moms with children, or on disability, don't want to be in a motel, but it's all they can afford. The shortage of subsidized government housing in Northwest Arkansas gives people with little means few options for housing. Aside from the lack of affordable housing in Northwest Arkansas, other barriers for poverty-stricken families include the lack of viable public transportation (forcing families living at the motel to find a job they can walk to), and the lack of affordable full-time childcare. “Our greatest need is to find low-rent housing options,” she says. “We need people to be willing to take a risk for $500 to $600 a month rent for a three-bedroom place to make a difference in someone’s life. Unfortunately many of these families have bad credit and non-violent criminal records, but they’re working full time only making minimum wage and want out of the cycle.” “People need to be given a chance,” Atkins says. “We do this one meal at a time and one family at a time. We help them remember who they are, and whose they are … a child of God. We help give people a chance to change their lives. They’re more than their circumstances, and with a little help they get confidence. They get belonging ... and know that someone wants to help them so they become whole and a contributing member of society. We need to teach them the skills they need so they can sustain permanent housing. It starts with someone being seen and being noticed so things aren’t so hopeless. I had an incredible mom, who believed in me. A lot of people don’t have a parent, coach, teachers who believed in them.” To date, Sister Lisa’s motel ministry has helped 30 families out of homelessness through generous monetary donations by the churches and other community foundations. Atkins helped to develop the McAuley Clinic Without Walls, which provides clinical care for adults without health insurance in addition to serving on the Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas Board of Directors and the Mercy Fort Smith Hospital and Clinic Board. For more information on how you can help provide a meal or help with affordable housing, please email nwamotelministry@mercy.net.

“Helping the homeless is a long process and requires patience, but that’s what it means to be in solidarity with God’s suffering and vulnerable people.” Sister Lisa Atkins



10 | COMPTON CONSERVATION DAY The Peel Compton Foundation


This educational event is for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and recreational activities in Northwest Arkansas – issues that were championed by the late Dr. Neil Compton. The event at The Peel Mansion includes interactive conservation stations, rock painting, food trucks and more. For more information, please visit www.peelcompton.org.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest 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 www.golfandgala.com.

16 | BARN BASH Restoration Village

This country chic attire event will feature a silent auction, drinks, food, music and a story of hope. For more information, please visit www.restorationvillage.net.

2 - 3 | FILL THE BUS United Way of Northwest Arkansas

Help fill buses with school supplies at all the Walmart Supercenters in Benton, Madison, McDonald and Washington counties. For more details, visit www.unitedwaynwa.org.

Arkansas Children's Northwest Color of Hope Gala Doug and Shelley McMillon


American Diabetes Association

Ride, walk or run to support the fight against diabetes. For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/Arkansas.


Proceeds from this poker tournament at Ruth’s Chris Steak House will help raise money for the ALS Association. For more details, visit www.als-arkansas.org.

17 | ALS LEGACY GALA ALS Association

The ALS Legacy Gala honors Brian Graham, a former Sam’s Club associate who passed away in 2016 from ALS. For more information, visit www.als-arkansas.org.

17 | SECCHI DAY & SCIENCE FESTIVAL Beaver Water District

This annual event at the Prairie Creek Park on Beaver Lake includes activities for all ages with hands-on water and environmental science education fun, a fire truck, kayak test rides, free healthy snacks in the morning, lots of giveaways and chilled tap water to drink, free lunch, music and prize drawings. For more details, visit www.bwdh2o.org.


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 at the Embassy Suites. For more information, visit www.spsfbc.org.


Enjoy this fun-filled golf tournament at the Lost Springs Golf & Athletic Club in Rogers. For more information, please visit www.als-arkansas.org. ALS Association ALS Legacy Gala Dina Graham with daughters Erin and Emily

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Putt for Paws at Gator Golf in Fayetteville includes a miniature golf tournament, lunch and more. For more information, please visit www.hsozarks.org.

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Humane Society of the Ozarks


Enjoy food, beer, wine and cocktails from Northwest Arkansas restaurants and breweries while listening to live music and bidding on silent auction items at Record. For more information, please visit www.bgcbentoncounty.org.


Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life

Enjoy an evening at the Fayetteville Town Center with dinner, dancing, a silent auction and crowning of a homecoming king and queen who raise the most funds for Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life. For more details, visit www.kendrickfincher.org.



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Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life A Cool Summer Homecoming Olivia Roehl Ogle with her father Chris Roehl

Restoration Village

Enjoy a day of breakfast, lunch and shooting sports. For more information, please visit www.restorationvillage.net.


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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma Enjoy a day of golf, food and fun at the Pinnacle Country Club. For more information, please visit www.golf4rmhc.com.

20 | SUMMER CONCERT Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

This concert is part of the summer concert series at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. For more information, visit www.bgozarks.org.

This inaugural hot air balloon event at Drake Field will offer something for everyone, including a variety of hot air balloon activities, a children’s play area, beer garden, live music, various aeronautics, food trucks and more. Visit www.openavenues.org for more information.


ALS Association

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 details, visit www.als-arkansas.org.


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy this golf tournament at Big Sugar Golf Club in Pea Ridge. For more information, please visit www.turpentinecreek.org.

TBD | 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 more information, please visit www.horsesforhealingnwa.org.

TBD | LAS FAYGAS Horses for Healing Barn Dance Megan Smits and Michelle Wolfe

The C.A.R.E. Initiative

Led by the employees of Saatchi & Saatchi X, The C.A.R.E. Initiative supports local organizations that advocate for children. Las Faygas features a Texas Hold’em Tournament, along with blackjack, roulette and craps for the non-poker players. For more information, please visit www.saatchix.net.

Monica Diaz Interior Designer, HSE, Allied ASID

With over 20 years of experience, Monica has specialized in new construction, remodeling and home staging. From modern and contemporary to rustic and traditional, her designs are seamlessly integrated to fit the personal style of each and every client. FOR MORE INFORMATION Decoreinteriors.com | 651-324-6738 | monica@decoreinteriors.com Houzz.com/pro/monica-diaz/decore-interiors-llc

Visit Our Extraordinary Event Venue Let us show you why we’ve been chosen NWA’s best Wedding & Event Venue and best winery. Celebrate the extraordinary, whether it is an intimate wine tasting for 10, a wine walk for 100, or a large gala or fundraising event for 300. You can count on Sassafras Springs Vineyard to wow every guest for your next corporate or nonprofit event. Cheryl & Gene Long, Owners





Savor the Flavor offers samples of food and beverages on a walking tour of restaurants on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. For more information, visit www.wregional.com.

Brits in the Ozarks features more than 125 British cars and motorcycles at Agri Park in Fayetteville. For details, visit www.als-arkansas.org.

Washington Regional Medical Foundation – Faith in Action



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 Rachael Denhollander. For more information, please visit www.cacbentonco.com.


Pagnozzi Charities

Join Pagnozzi Charities for a golf tournament on Sept. 6 and the ultimate tailgate and auction on Sept. 7, featuring food, entertainment, drinks and dancing. For more details, visit www.pagnozzicharities.org.

6 - 7 | WEEKEND WITH THE FINEST Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Enjoy 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 more information, visit www.cff.org/Arkansas.

7 | 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 details, visit www.goliteracy.org.

7 | 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 www.nwasunshineschool.org. Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County Cherishing Children Dinner Greg Chandler, Brooke Boles, Elizabeth Smart, Natalie Tibbs and Erin Kraner

ALS Association

7 | 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. To register and learn more, visit www.alz.org/walk.


This family-friendly event features local music, food and beverages, along with children’s activities, vendors and the pesto contest. For more details, visit www.tricyclefarms.org.

7 | POLO IN THE OZARKS Life Styles, Inc.

Polo in the Ozarks at Buell Farm in Goshen 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. For more details, visit www.lifestylesinc.org.


Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, contests, prizes and more at the Springdale Country Club. Proceeds benefit abused and neglected children. For more details, visit www.nwacs.org.


10 | CHEFS IN THE GARDEN Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

25 - 28 | BIKES, BLUES & BBQ

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

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 www.bikesbluesandbbq.org.



Enjoy an evening of drinks, dinner and fun at the Barn at the Springs. All proceeds support local mentoring for at-risk youth. For more details, visit www.bbbsnwa.org.

Enjoy a day of competitive camaraderie, lunch, prizes and more at Memorial Park in Bentonville to benefit abused and neglected children. For more details, visit www.nwacs.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

13 | SLAY THE 5K


Slay the 5K is a chip-timed evening run at Veterans Park in Rogers. The event also includes food, drinks and children’s activities. For details, email office@svdpschool.net.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample local brews while enjoying the 6.5-acre native tree and plant garden. For more information, visit www.peelcompton.org.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

The Peel Compton Foundation



NWA Challenge for Hope, formerly Charity Challenge of Champions, features a tennis tournament and a golf tournament at the Pinnacle Country Club. For more details, visit www.nwachallengeforhope.com.

Swing for the Cure is an 18-hole scramble at the Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers and includes morning and afternoon flights, lunch, prizes and more. For more details, visit www.komenozark.org.

Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

Susan G. Komen Ozark



This conference provides personal and professional enrichment through motivational and networking experiences for women. For details, visit www.nwabusinesswomensconference.com.

The HOG Ride-On is a fun, 13.1-mile family bike ride along the greenway, starting at Highlands Oncology Group in Rogers. For more details, visit www.cancerchallenge.com.



Help the Girls is a drop-in event at the Springdale Country Club where attendees are asked to bring new bras and underwear to donate to Peace at Home Family Shelter and Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter. For more information, visit www.chasefamilyfoundation.com.

This event recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the honor and fame of the University of Arkansas and its athletic programs. For details, visit www.razorbackfoundation.com.




Chase Family Foundation

Washington Regional Medical Foundation – Faith in Action

Savor the Flavor offers samples of food and beverages on a walking tour of restaurants on the downtown square in Bentonville. For more information, visit www.wregional.com.


The Cancer Challenge

Razorback Foundation

TBD | AN EVENING TO SHINE Mix and mingle with WelcomeHealth at this fundraiser, featuring dinner, a silent auction and presentation of the JB Hayes Community Needs Award. For more details, visit www.welcomehealthnwa.org.

TBD | SIPPING FOR SANCTUARY Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Cobblestone Farms

Enjoy live entertainment and a farm-to-table meal prepared by local chefs. For more details, visit www.thecobblestoneproject.org.

This wine-tasting fundraiser will include local wines, gourmet food offerings, a silent auction and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.turpentinecreek.org.



This event features an exciting line up of local bands, a silent auction and more at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. For more details, visit www.7hillscenter.org.

Enjoy a roaring good time at this 1920s themed event, which features great music, food, dancing, beverages and a silent auction. For more information, please visit www.jarb.org.

7hills Homeless Center

Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville

If you’ve lived here even a short amount of time, you know that Northwest Arkansas is one of the most giving places in the country. Almost every weekend, there are philanthropic events raising thousands of dollars to benefit area nonprofits, thanks in part to incredibly generous individuals. It’s no secret that Northwest Arkansas’ philanthropic families have given so much over the years to help build our community. The entire state is actually very charitable, with Arkansas ranking third in charitable giving in the United States. In 2015, Arkansas residents contributed an average of 3.2 percent of their income to charitable giving, according to Aspire Arkansas’ May 2018 report, a project of Arkansas Community Foundation. The total charitable giving from the entire state in 2015 was more than $2.1 billion. For comparison, the national level of giving in 2015 was 2.2 percent of taxpayer income. What’s even more amazing (but no surprise really) is that Benton County is the most charitable county in the state, with residents contributing 7.1 percent of their income to charitable giving. The charitable giving amount in 2015 from Benton County alone was more than $753 million with not much changing in the last few years, according to the Arkansas Community Foundation. However, the rate of those living in poverty for women headed households with children under 18 is higher in Arkansas than the national average, at 46.8 percent compared to 39.7 percent nationally, according to Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’ 2018 study. Poverty can create a cycle that impacts generations of families, contributing to issues such as unemployment, poor health and domestic violence. “Nonprofits play an essential role in Arkansas communities and their economies,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation. Larkin added that we all need to work to ensure nonprofits have the funding they need to invest in becoming stronger and more effective as they continue to serve their communities. In Arkansas, there are more than 14,000 nonprofit organizations, employing more than 90,000 residents and generating $17 billion dollars in annual revenue. Along with giving throughout the year, you’ll now be able to donate to your favorite local nonprofits on April 4, 2019, thanks to NWA Gives – a day devoted to region-wide online giving. NWA Gives was formed by Pure Charity. For more information, visit www.nwagives.org.

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The evening will feature exquisite food creations by some of the region's most popular and sought-after chefs, restaurants and topnotch catering companies. For more details, visit www.dfsnwa.org.

Winetopia features an evening of wine tasting with delicious cuisine, a silent auction, wine toss, live entertainment and more. For more details, visit www.restorehumanity.org.

Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas


The fall NWA Fashion Week in Fayetteville highlights designers, artists, boutiques and other creative professionals who are committed to building a vibrant, inspired creative community in Northwest Arkansas. Visit www.nwafw.com for details.

4 | MOBIL1 GOLF CLASSIC Boys & Girls Club of Benton County

This four-person scramble at Kingswood Golf Course in Bella Vista offers morning and afternoon flights, valuable prizes and giveaways, breakfast, lunch and the opportunity to network with community leaders. For more information, please visit www.bgcbentoncounty.org.



Hope Cancer Resources

The highlight of this event is the men’s fashion show featuring several local gentlemen strutting the runway in support of patient services and community education. For more information, please visit www.hopecancerresources.org.

Restore Humanity


Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

The Silent Witness Project honors the lives of the men, women and children who have lost their lives due to domestic abuse. As a part of the project, local businesses and agencies host red, life-sized silhouettes representing Arkansans who died as a result of domestic abuse. The event begins at First Friday in downtown Bentonville, where community members can stop by the organization’s booth to learn more about services provided to survivors of domestic violence and ways to get involved. For more details, visit www.nwaws.org.

7 | THE GOLF EVENT The Jones Center

Join The Jones Center for its annual golf tournament. Both morning and afternoon flights are available, along with lunch and beverages. For details, please visit www.thejonescenter.net.


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


Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County

Hosted at the Pinnacle home of Karen and John Scholes, Sweetest Day is a celebration reminding people that a thoughtful word or deed enriches life. For more information, visit www.cacbentonco.com.

12 | GOLFTOBERFEST Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas

Register your team for flights at Northwest Arkansas’ original miniature golf tournament. For more details, visit www.spsfnwa.org. Hope Cancer Resources Bill Fleeman Gentlemen of Distinction Dr. Missy Clifton, Chase and Adrienne Easterling, and Layna and Dr. Blake Williams




Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter

House of Hope Rescue Mission

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. For more details, visit www.nwaws.org.

Trick or treat on the train at the Arkansas Missouri Railroad Springdale Depot and enjoy fun carnival games, live music, a hayride, food trucks, pony rides and more. For details, visit www.nwahouseofhope.com.




Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge


The Spark Foundation & Fayetteville Firefighters IAFF – Local 2866

This half marathon includes a fire safety fair and a firefighter challenge where firefighters run 13.1 miles while wearing full bunker gear. For more information, please visit www.herohalfmarathon.com.

Susan G. Komen Ozark Pink Ribbon Luncheon Dr. Lindsey Seale and Elaine Thompson



Sunny Side of Leadership features special guest panelists with executives from various industries discussing leadership in Northwest Arkansas. Proceeds benefit Havenwood's programming designed to empower single mothers in need. For details, please visit www.nwahavenwood.org.

Enjoy hayrides, games, food, children’s costume contests and the chance to see the tigers at night at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please visit www.turpentinecreek.org.


Outback in the Ozarks is a 65-, 75-, or 200-mile 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 www.outbackintheozarks.com.



NWA Circle of Friends

The Miracles and Magic Radiothon will feature stories from Arkansas Children’s Northwest patients. For more information, please visit www.giving.archildrens.org.


Enjoy this fun open house and chili cookoff to benefit Saving Grace. For more details, visit www.savinggracenwa.org.

24 | GHOULS NIGHT OUT Open Avenues

Guests can dance the night away in their best Halloween costumes at this event at the Meteor Guitar Gallery, which includes a costume contest and prizes. For more information, please visit www.openavenues.org.



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. For more information, please visit www.lifesourceinternational.org.

Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter Fresh StART Latriece Watkins, Deanah Baker and Debra Layton




This German-inspired beer and chocolate festival features live music, craft beer, chocolate, delicious brats and much more. For more details, visit www.jacksongraves.org.

The Hall of Honor at the Fayetteville Town Center recognizes educators, alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions to public education in Fayetteville. For more details, please visit www.fayedfoundation.org.

Jackson L. Graves Foundation


Pink Ribbon Luncheon is a celebration to honor and remember breast cancer survivors. Attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch, silent auction, survivor fashion show and BigWig presentation at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. For more details, visit www.komenozark.org.

TBD | 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 to the domestic violence issue and symbolize one of the many struggles victims may face. For details, visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

Fayetteville Public Education Foundation


Part of a series of three brunches, the third event offers the opportunity to hear an interview with a regional executive during brunch at 21c Museum Hotel. For more details, visit www.bbbsnwa.org.

TBD | 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 more details, visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

TBD | FUN RUN The New School


Enjoy a run, children’s activities and more to benefit The New School. For more information, please visit www.thenewschool.org.

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 in Fort Smith. The event is black tie optional and red shoes are strongly encouraged while you enjoy a fourcourse dinner, specialty cocktails, entertainment and an ultra-elite live auction. Visit www.redshoeshindig.com for more details.


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma

Arts Center of the Ozarks

The Arts Center of the Ozarks will auction original art by local artists, all 5” by 5” in size at 5:55 p.m. This event culminates the month-long 5x5 Exhibit open to the public. For details, visit www.acozarks.org.

TBD | VESTIDO ROJO American Heart Association

This event features free health education and screening for Hispanic women in Northwest Arkansas. About 400 Spanish-speaking women will be screened for heart disease risk factors, receive health information from local community resources, view cooking demonstrations and more. For more details, visit heart.org/Fayetteville.

TBD | COURAGE AWARD LUNCHEON Peace at Home Family Shelter

This luncheon includes an awards presentation and an update on the shelter’s work of helping families rebuild after domestic violence. For more information, please visit www.peaceathomeshelter.org.



Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

Two days of guided fly fishing and clay shooting competition all rolled into one unforgettable event at Spring Valley Anglers Rod & Gun Club. Proceeds support Mercy Northwest Arkansas' Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. For more information, visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving.

Restore Humanity Winetopia Sarah Fennel Buchanan and Herbert "Boo" Buchanan



TWO LOCATIONS FAYETTEVILLE 1733 N. Crossover Rd. 479.582.3647


BENTONVILLE 102 SW Dogwatch Ave. 479.464.9364 www.dogwatchonline.com dogwatch@dogwatch.arcoxmail.com



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


Association of Fundraising Professionals

This event includes an award ceremony and luncheon recognizing the great contributions of philanthropy in Northwest Arkansas and those who are active in the philanthropic community. Visit community.afpglobal.org/afparnorthwestchapter/home for more information. Circle of Life Hospice Art of Hospice Dana Johnson, Rhonda Woodruff, and Meredith and Patrick Woodruff


NWA Food Bank

This gala is a night of dinner, live and silent auctions, and more to help NWA Food Bank raise awareness and funds to nourish local communities. For more information, visit www.nwafoodbank.org.


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 www.experiencefayetteville.com.

2 | ART OF HOSPICE Circle of Life Hospice

Enjoy an evening at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, featuring an elegant dinner and wine pairings inspired by artwork selected from the museum’s collection. For more information, visit www.nwacircleoflife.com.

2 - 3 | BAM BAM WEEKEND Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

This weekend includes educational programming and fun activities about all things Ursus (bears) at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Guests will learn about the Refuge's resident bears and participate in other activities during this unique educational offering. For more details, visit www.turpentinecreek.org.

7 | A VERY SPECIAL ART SHOW Sunshine School & Development Center

Enjoy an evening at Record filled with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and live entertainment while viewing and purchasing art from local artists. Guests also will have the opportunity to bid on artwork created by children and adults served by the Sunshine School. For more details, visit www.nwasunshineschool.org.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas Girls on the Run 5K Sadie Holz, Cara Lundy, Paisley Parker and Ava Nzigamasabo


23 | GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K Girls on the Run of Northwest Arkansas 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. For details, visit www.gotrnwa.org.

The Jones Center Big Night Gala Jason Nichol and Corey Bender


AND LUNCHEON Bentonville Garden Club

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 details, contact Janet Hendren at janetsuehendren@gmail.com.



Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

The Turkey Trot for Heroes at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers features the Turkey Trot 5K Charity Run, 1-mile Fun Walk, Wild Gobbler 5K Adventure Run and a virtual 5K. Proceeds go toward toys, clothing and necessities at Christmastime for veteran/first responder families in need. For more information, visit www.sheepdogia.org.


Enjoy an evening of sampling fine cuisine created by local chefs paired with wine, live music and exciting custom-created auction packages. For more details, visit www.marchofdimes.org.



Washington Regional Medical Foundation

The Hospice Autumn Brunch includes delicious food, beverages, entertainment and door prizes. Proceeds benefit Friends of Washington Regional Hospice. For more information, please visit www.wregional.com.



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

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


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

TBD | LIGHT OF HOPE CASA of Northwest Arkansas

CASA of Northwest Arkansas hosts a breakfast and lunch to raise funds, volunteers and awareness for the advocacy of abused and neglected children in Northwest Arkansas. For more information, visit www.nwacasa.org.


Humane Society of the Ozarks

Celebrate the publication of the Tails of Love photo book at this preview party. Enjoy live and silent auctions, food, wine and more. For more details, visit www.hsozarks.org.

NWA Food Bank Jewels of Giving Gala Ryan and Megan Crozier with Sandy and Chris Baumhover



7 | CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TRAIN Children’s Safety Center

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

The Peel Compton Foundation

Kick off the holiday season with a festive journey of food, libations and learning at The Peel Mansion. For more information, please visit www.peelcompton.org.



Junior League of Northwest Arkansas


Get into the holiday spirit by touring beautifully decorated homes in Northwest Arkansas this season. For more information, please visit www.juniorleaguenwa.org.

The Peel Compton Foundation

The Peel Compton Foundation’s Christmas Open House gives the public the opportunity to see The Peel Mansion decorated for Christmas. For more information, visit www.peelcompton.org.


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 www.acozarks.org.


JOG 5K & REINDEER FUN RUN Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas O' Night Divine Charity Ball Serena and Nathan Smith

Walk, run and be merry at this annual event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, elf ears and any attire that sparkles or jingles are highly encouraged. Visit www.bgozarks.org for more information.

7 | O’ NIGHT DIVINE CHARITY BALL Mercy Health Foundation Northwest Arkansas

The annual Charity Ball at the John Q. Hammons Center is a blacktie event featuring a top-notch entertainer and an over-the-top after party. Proceeds support enhanced programs and services at Mercy Northwest Arkansas. Visit www.mercy.net/northwestar/giving for more information. Arts Center of the Ozarks Breakfast with Santa Jack, Jules and Josie Thornton with Santa Claus



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NWACS.ORG 479-795-2417

One meal equals a little over one pound of food (19 ounces) • Individual Food Drives • Company Food Drives • Virtual Food Drives • School Food Drives • Community Food Drives

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DONATE TIME: Volunteer Total number of volunteer hours donated last year is equivalent to 4 full-time employees *1 Volunteer hour = 100 meals For more information, visit


OCTOBEr 4, 2019

The Pat Walker Beacon of Hope,


lighting the way for families like yours to Arkansas Children’s Northwest.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 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. NWACIRCLEOFLIFE.COM 479.872.3327



479-636-3190 3400 Woods Lane Rogers, AR 72756


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Your support helps deliver care close to home at Arkansas Children’s Northwest—with the region’s only pediatric emergency department.

Make your gift to ACNW at give.archildrens.org April 6, 2019 September 7, 2019

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The foundation is proud to support the following Arkansas organizations: AR Advocates for Children and Families ALS Association of Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas Children’s Hospital Arts Center of the Ozarks Arthritis Foundation, Arkansas Bentonville Film Festival Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA Bikes, Blues & BBQ Botanical Garden of the Ozarks The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation Circle of Life Hospice Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Fayette Village Fayetteville Roots Festival Girls on the Run Good Samaritan Clinic Humane Society of the Ozarks The Jones Center M&N Augustine Foundation Miller McNeil Woodruff Foundation Ozark Guidance Pagnozzi Charities Potter’s House Springdale Public Schools Susan G. Komen – Ozark Affiliate Symphony of Northwest Arkansas TheatreSquared University of Arkansas University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Walton Arts Center Washington Regional Medical Foundation Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute P.O. Box 10500 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479.582.2310 info@walkerfoundation.org


HOPE GALA Saturday, May 4, 2019 Horton Farms at 4 p.m.

Springdale Multispecialty Facility


Mercy Hospital Tower




300+ Inpatient Beds 7 Floors Expanded Heart & Vascular Services Women and Children Services (NICU) Additional 1,000 Health Care Jobs Including 100 Providers




The evening then moves on to a sit down dinner, exciting live auction and an opportunity to learn more about life with T1D and how you can help make an impact with our Fund A Cure moment, where we raise funds to help make living with T1D safer and healthier until we find a cure. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Lauren Sivewright at 479-443-9190 or lsivewright@jdrf.org. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.


Vision: A world without type 1 diabetes

AUGUST 24, 2019

Mission: Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications



Please visit us at: mercy.net/openingdoors

The evening kicks off with a wide array of silent auction packages and a cocktail reception featuring various libations, including mint juleps, to sip while guests watch to see which horse will end up with roses around its neck!


AUGUST 17, 2019

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.

The Run for the Roses Hope Gala is one of the most unique nonprofit events in Northwest Arkansas! For the last nine years, Run for the Roses has been held in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May at Horton Farms. The event features unique attire and rewards attendees with prizes for hats and bow ties.




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