January 2024

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Sharri Jones


Women & Children First


Hello to healing. Kindness is a gift that each of us is born with. And when we share it, the goodness that’s released is amazing. This human connection is important to our well-being, but it’s essential when we’re sick and hurting. We know from experience that treating every patient with kindness, empathy, and respect is key to their healing. We call this power humankindness. It has driven us for 135 years. It advances the medical excellence we provide to our communities now. And it leads us forward every day.

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publisher/owner Michele Towne mtowne@invitingarkansas.com

editor Kim Meyer-Webb kimw@invitingarkansas.com

art director Heather Buckley hbuckley@invitingarkansas.com

production associate Rebel Flynn Wilson rwilson@invitingarkansas.com

contributors Jason Burt Jeff Fuller-Freeman Sarah Oden KD Reep Lori Sparkman Photography Dero Sanford L. Lamor Williams

website design Matmon Internet, Inc. Wayne Campbell, Kim Meyer-Webb, Rebel Flynn Wilson, Michele Towne, Heather Buckley

“There’s nothing that unites people more or better than laughter.” - Norman Lear Norman Lear left a storied legacy of social commentary infused in situation comedy of the 1970s. Through revolutionary programming – The Jeffersons, Good Times and All in the Family – this legendary creator, writer and producer cultivated characters that explored racism, feminism and sexuality in American culture as it evolved. During tumultuous times, finding the funny in these serious topics brought attention + careful consideration as well as proof that the commonality of laughter can shift perspectives. At Inviting Arkansas, we’re in the happiness business – providing recognition to countless organizations and civic leadership that continues to inspire. Many of the initiatives we showcase are supremely serious … and improving the welfare of fellow Arkansans remains paramount. Adding humor + humility into every project brings together festive fellowship. Preparation for this new year certainly included some good times combined with compassion for mission fulfillment work that transforms lives. Sharri Jones credits her tenure as a Girl Scout for her confidence and courage to make meaningful impact; her joy for the family business, philanthropy and fun is apparent. Personality is everything in the photography and feature for the Derek Lewis Foundation. Derek notes, “We are a connector and influencer” – for wellness and purpose in the world. And a morning at Westwind School for the Performing Arts filled with “creatives” exploring personal expression across a comprehensive curriculum left a lasting impression. I hope we reflect the curious, tenacious and empathetic nature of our collective community. This year, let’s continue to love large + laugh loud.


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Sharri Jones – Women & Children First


Dr. Derek Lewis & Derek Lewis II – Derek Lewis Foundation


Laura Montalvan – Westwind School for Performing Arts


Trailblazers – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center


Big Dill Pickleball Tournament – Arvest Bank


Dr. Cam Patterson – American Heart Association


Hot Springs Heart Ball




Festival of Trees


Gala for Good


Spark! Gala


National Philanthropy Day Luncheon


Opus Ball


Art & Soul


Trailblazers Luncheon


Junior Departmental Club Luncheon


Presbyterian Village Fall Festival


Fashion – Ethereal Beauty


V-Amp Out Alz


Wedding Style Guide


Holiday House Preview Party


Camp Aldersgate Fish Fry


Taste of the Holidays


Angels of Hope Pink Party

Photography by SARAH ODEN


THANKS FOR IGNITING HOPE FOR CANCER PATIENTS AT CARTI Thank you to our generous sponsors, patrons, donors and volunteers who helped make the 47th Annual Festival of Trees a success. On behalf of the cancer patients of Arkansas, thank you for helping CARTI continue to provide leading-edge, patient-centered care.




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FESTIVAL OF TREES COMMITTEES Ashley Bermingham Lauren Brooks Laura Chambers Kim Cook Pam Cox Jennifer Day Kaitlin Elkins Courtney Head Kayla Hilliard Carrie Smalling Leslie Smith Shelia Vaught Macey Wadley Thomas Wadley Allison Stodola Wilson Sonia Worsham

Sarah Wengel, Angela Strauss

Ashley Mosley, Amy Hester

Brian & Jamie Burton, Sarah & Chris Ross

Michaela & Paul Johnson

Xiang Gao, Li Tong, Jenn & Jon Pagan

Jennifer & Glen Day, Christina Day

Laura & Taylor Moore

Abby Croft, Lindsey Rooks, Barron Cheek, Katie Davidson

FESTIVAL OF TREES Festival of Fashion Chairman Ashley Bermingham welcomed guests back to chicest event of Festival of Trees. More than 1,000 women - and men! - enjoyed Little Rock’s best rendition of a New York-style fashion show featuring 14 local boutiques. The Tux ‘n Trees gala served as a grand finale of the two-day extravaganza with inspirational speakers and dinner as well as live and silent auctions. More than 2,700 attendees enjoyed events throughout the festival – proceeds of approximately $830,000 support CARTI and the critical care it provides to cancer patients. Adam & Courtney Head

Kimberly Cyr-Calhoun & Jay Calhoun

Thomas & Morgan Maxwell

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Jennifer Campbell, Meagan Cupan

Jennifer & Michael Selig

Jason & Jenna Muesse, Kendall Corgiat, Derek Middleton, Chery Payne

Annemarie Dillard Jazic, Erin Baskin Coleman

Sherrye McBryde, Shelia Vaught

Stacy Smith-Foley, Chris Foley

Carol Bajorek, Larry Sturdivant, Debbie Madden

Bill & Joan Warren, Michele Towne, Charles Evans, Rick Fleetwood

Alan Byrd, Missy Graham, DeVonda Byrd, Kim & Quentin Markland

Brandon & Caroline Kitchens

Tommy & Cindy VanVeckhoven, Phyllis & Johnny Rogers

Heather Burton, Lilly Kate Philbrick

Grace Fletcher, Deanna Hildebrand, Kendra Williams, Erin Riner

Andrea Rabeneck, Jennifer Owens Buie, Kathy Kinkaid

Julie Tabor, Susan Altrui, Mitsy Tharp, Jen Bailey

Amanda Shue, Mollie Birch, Marybeth Dockery, Sheryl McKelvey, Stacie Corbitt, Myranda Grulke, Emily Young

Ed Willis, Cydney Smith

Brian & Dani Marsh

Sami & Chris Marsh

Lindsey & Brandon Cantin, Katherine & Drew Mentzer

Marissa Owen, Shannon Boshears, Aly Hobson

Michelle & Jim Rossow

Leslie & David Mann, Edie Stewart

Chris & Stephanie HIll, Sean Bass, Rebecca Cronk

GALA FOR GOOD Chairman Cathy Tuggle welcomed friends and patrons to the Venue at Westwind for the inaugural Gala for Good celebration. Presented by Bank OZK - the evening highlighted the achievements of program participants, graduates and community partners as well as the Spirit of Goodwill Award recipient Baptist Health President & CEO Troy Wells. Guests enjoyed dinner and drinks with live entertainment by the Ultimate Prince Tribute Band. Proceeds support the continued mission fulfillment work of Goodwill Industries of Arkansas: providing education, training and employment programs that improve the welfare of Arkansans and the state. Paul & Cathy Tuggle

Rick & Sara Patel

Kristie & John Burgess

Jeremy McAlister, Sylvia Murchison

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Annabelle Rogers, Chrissy Jennings, Yvette Parker

SPARK! GALA Chief Executive Officer Kelley Bass welcomed STEM education advocates to the Museum of Discovery for this celebration. The museum honored Spark! Stars – Arkansans who are leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and/or math. Guests enjoyed live performances and science demonstrations as well as an auction. The event celebrates the museum’s initiative to support STEM programming throughout Arkansas. The festivities support the museum’s statewide educational programs. Yara Robertson, Teressa Coleman

Rachel Furman, Caleb Pierce

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Michael Hansberry, Charlie Kreps

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Devo Sitaram, RJ Martino

Tami Bean, Molly McNulty

Lynn Kilbourne, Laura Grimes

Aaron, Bella & Amber Crowe

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Janelle Mason, Charles & Susie Morgan

Orea Meeks, Wayne Clark, Steve Shults

Joan Shofner, Matt Cleveland

Jennifer Owens Buie, Sherri Jones, Melody Sugg

Tonia Griffin, Greg & Jajuan Archer

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY LUNCHEON In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Arkansas Chapter hosted a luncheon to showcase civic leadership and philanthropy in Arkansas. This year’s honorees included Susie and Charles Morgan as Outstanding Philanthropists, Ryan Miller as Outstanding Fundraising Professional, Melody Sugg as Outstanding Fundraising Professional. Kathy Webb was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Rotary District 6150 received the President’s Award. Laura Johnson, Katherine White

Ryan Miller, Cristy Miller

Mary Pringos, Jamie Green, Tommy May, Shannon Morgan

Gerald D. Thomas, Kaleybra Mitchell

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Stephenie Cooke, Kathy Webb, Tyler Nagle, Lee Bass

Stefanie Vann, Sydney Gilbert, Roger O'Quin


SHARRI JONES CREDITS HER TENURE as a Girl Scout for introducing her to the transformative power of community service. Cultivating courage, confidence and character through this experience - Sharri supports a multitude of organizations that improve the welfare of fellow Arkansans. The family business, Sissy’s Log Cabin, is synonymous with extraordinary civic leadership and Sharri believes it is a personal responsibility. For this commitment, she will be recognized as Woman of the Year by Women & Children First. Woman & Children First breaks the cycle of domestic violence – providing crisis intervention as well as social and legal advocacy that are essential resources for families. Each year, the state’s largest domestic violence shelter garners support for this continued mission fulfillment work through the Woman of the Year Gala. The evening celebrates the continued generosity of constituents and the organization’s most valuable commodity: COURAGE. Capital Campaign Chairman Cathy Browne elaborates, “In an abusive situation, when a woman leaves - she has a high probability of being killed. It takes courage to leave, lots of courage.” Proceeds from the gala comprise a significant portion of the Women & Children First annual operating budget, generating not only necessary revenue but also community awareness. Sharri notes, “The gala brings the organization centerstage and to the forefront of everyone’s mind.” Women & Children First Board of Directors Executive Committee Member Wallace Smith notes that domestic violence and sexual assault are not easy topics to address; the survivor testimonial is always compelling. “Someone who escaped a horrible situation often shocks our guests back into the reality of domestic violence.” Last year, the shelter answered more than 5,600 calls on the 24-hour statewide crisis hotline and provided 14,146 emergency shelter days to more than 400 adults and children. These staggering statistics reflect an undeniable need for what Sharri calls “a safe place” – adding “Women & Children First helps educate and empower families.”

For more than 40 years, this continuum of services has relied on strong community partnerships. Collaboration is evident at the Arkansas Children’s Clark Center for Safe & Healthy Children and with Children’s Advocacy Center throughout Arkansas. Wallace explains, “Women & Children First is a miracle-producing organization. We take families who have lost everything and help rebuild an entire life.” From medical treatment to protection and securing meaningful employment, Women & Children First offers assistance and compassion. A centralized location to address immediate needs is a critical component to increasing efficiency and confidence for clients. Cathy adds, “The Campaign of Courage will build a new shelter with 132 beds for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Our current 115-year-old building has seen better days and has 54 beds that are full every night.” The new facility, called the Family Peace Center, will consolidate the agencies required for families to recover + rebuild. Cathy notes there are 150 Family Peace Centers around the world with proven success. “What now takes women weeks to accomplish, should take a few days at the new center. We are slowly filling our war chest with local, state and federal money; everyone can join this dream – making the Family Peace Center a reality in Arkansas.” Sharri has graciously become a part of the dream team and recognizes the importance of philanthropy. “At Sissy’s Log Cabin, we are servant leaders where family is first. The act of giving back and helping others is so important.” Cathy believes these are attributes of every Woman of the Year, “We have honored 17 exceptional women and four exceptional men to date who exemplify generosity of time, spirit and expertise. Sharri was chosen for these reasons, she understands the mission.” Cathy realizes it’s the shared vision - a brighter future for fellow Arkansans – that makes the work of Women & Children First and Campaign of Courage possible; women, like Sharri, who will continue the Women & Children First legacy of service.

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THE DEREK LEWIS FOUNDATION empowers individuals to live with purpose and wellness. Creating unrealized, but truly accessible opportunities in underserved communities – the foundation offers statewide programs, resources and sponsorships for whom Derek Lewis II considers “less fortunate and disenfranchised.” Through strategic partnerships and a shared vision, Derek continues his father’s legacy of cultivating education, equity and community for all Arkansans. Established by Dr. Derek Lewis, the mission fulfillment work is two-fold. “There is nothing more fulfilling than making a difference in other people’s lives. At the Derek Lewis Foundation, we have been helping make the world a better place, and we invite you to join us on this amazing journey.” Dr. Lewis remembers a childhood in rural Arkansas, that inspired his heart for service. “I grew up extremely poor and needed help; that has humbled me. It’s important to pay it forward and help when and where you can.” Dr. Lewis studied at the University of Central Arkansas and remains an ardent ambassador. “UCA allowed me to pursue education and then medical school at UAMS with a solid curriculum and advice from a true mentor on how to succeed. That’s one reason I support the university with student scholarships.” For three decades, the Derek Lewis Foundation has effectively provided critical awareness to improve community health as well as the tools for Arkansas youth to excel academically. Through a creative collaboration with the Clinton Foundation, students throughout the Capital City receive wellness checkups as part of a back-to-school campaign. This includes

an annual physical as well as hearing, eye and oral exams. “Making sure children are healthy and ready to learn is key,” Dr. Lewis elaborates. The Community Health & Wellness Expo, which is one of the largest in Arkansas, was interrupted by COVID-19, but will reconvene this summer. Derek notes that for several years, local churches and UA Little Rock hosted the expo; this reflects the organization’s pragmatic approach to accessibility. “The foundation programs started at a local church and is a statewide organization with some small work in Texas starting to bloom. We are all God’s children and deserve the grace of good health.” As a family medicine specialist, Dr. Lewis practices this creed - helping patients with care today coupled with research + innovation for continued wellness. A recent addition to the foundation’s portfolio of services is sponsorship of the Philander Smith University Social Justice Institute Fellows Program. Summer camps and cooking classes with the Timmons Arts Foundation bring nutrition and healthy eating choices into finite focus. As chairman of the board of directors, Derek’s leadership includes reflection and reverence for the organization’s rich history. In 1993, the objective of this fledgling foundation was simple: compassionate service makes the world a better place for every human. Dr. Lewis elaborates, “By pouring into our youth, we are leading by example so that they, too, will be compelled to help those that follow behind them.” Derek adds, “We are a connector and influencer. We are here to touch lives regardless of race, gender or social class. This ability to bring people together for a great cause is a joy.”

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Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Derek Lewis ‘78, ‘80 and his son, Derek Lewis II ‘97 have established a family legacy of supporting students who need it most. Supporting the community that supported them is an example they live by as their family has provided scholarships and other support to help UCA students succeed. The impact of the Lewis family can be seen in action through the lives they have touched at UCA.

Tonye & Ken McKeller Adler

Holly-Beth Willis, Mary Katherine Hastings, Emily Kilgroe

Julie & Christian O'Neal

Jan & Randall Hundley, Valery Saul, Karen Thiebes

Christina Littlejohn, Kristen & Carlton Saffa

David Hadidi, Debi Barnes

Joseph Goellner & Elizabeth Andreoli, Susan & Nick Brown

Bryan Sanders & Gov Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Denise Ennett

OPUS BALL Chairmen Kristen and Carlton Saffa welcomed 375 guests to the Capitol Hotel for the Opus Ball XXXIX. The evening celebrated the continued mission + vision of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of the evening included performances by ASO musicans as well as the The Opus Ball Education Challenge – enthusiastically garnering contributions and a generous match by Simmons Bank – and dancing to Americana music by the ASO Big Band. Proceeds of more than $624,000 support the statewide educational programs of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Andrew Irvin, Geoffrey Robson

Rachel Harding, Linda Harding

Susan & Jim Marsh

Sybil Jordan Hampton, Martha Snider

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Hope & Matt Dalton, Jan Shorey & Lindsay Thomas, Lindsay & Justin White

Marqueita & Will Nzeh

Bob & Stacy Roberts

Patricia Blick, Melanie Buchanan

Mary Jane & Mike Rebick, Jim Metzger & Deborah Baldwin

Elizabeth Michael & Dan Roda

Mary-Margaret & Matthew Marks

Marqueita & Will Nzeh

Donna & Kelly Suen, Alisha Curtis, Matt House

Jennifer & Bruce Holland, Rusty Mathis, Randy Bynum

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LAURA MONTALVAN WELCOMED us into her classroom with endless enthusiasm for the work that surrounds her. As the visual arts instructor at Westwind School for Performing Arts, Laura believes that subjects like math and science are not independent of arts – but complementary in our interconnected world. “Just think of all the examples,” she insists. Laura helps young creatives, 6th – 8th grade students, explore personal expression across a comprehensive curriculum. This multidisciplinary model cultivates intrigue and inspiration, in addition to intellectual acumen that combines the transformative power of arts + education.

Westwind School for Performing Arts team provides a unique perspective at the Maumelle campus and Laura was one of the first to join. “Laura’s experience as an educator and her ability to really connect with our creatives make her an invaluable resource to our families, “Theresa elaborates. “She wants every creative to discover the individuality that makes them so special.” Laura remembers mentors that helped shape her life. “They showed me how to reach students where they are, not where we expect them to be. At Westwind School for Performing Arts, this propels me to be the best I can for students and continue to be a life-learner.” She shares this philosophy with young creatives who

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Westwind School for Performing Arts was established by Theresa Timmons with a vision to bring the arts into every aspect of learning. This charter school integrates dance, music, visual arts and filmmaking into core academic classes. She reflects, “The Timmons Arts Foundation allowed me to witness first-hand the improvement in students’ literacy skills, critical thinking skills as well as a sense of community. I was inspired to create a setting that provided more of an impact.” Theresa realized she could be the agent of change that the educational landscape of Central Arkansas needed. Coupled with her network + resources of talent to make it happen, Theresa comprised a dedicated team of educators to equip young Arkansans. Each member of the

will be the next generation of leaders. “It’s a platform to guide and inspire creatives. Middle school can be a tough time for kids, but the arts can be used as an outlet for expression.” It is this kind of community that makes Westwind School for Performing Arts unique. “It’s a safe space for children to thrive and develop.” In addition to visual arts, Laura teaches Spanish and utilizes her own experiences to bring practicality into the classroom. “Just like my journey to teaching here, each creative has a path. We seek to show them how all knowledge overlaps in the world. It fills me with immense pride to think of how much they mature and learn about themselves during the Westwind years.”

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Explore the vibrant world of art at the Windgate Center of Art and Design’s spring exhibits. Expect more as we feature a diverse collection of compelling artworks that promise to engage and inspire. Jan. 17 - Feb. 18 Art That Works

Brad Cushman Gallery Reception: Jan. 25 5-7 p.m.

Jan. 22 - Feb. 23 Mark Wittig: Structures that Transformed Education Focus Gallery Reception: Feb. 8 5-7 p.m.

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Jan. 17 - Mar. 3 Henry Godspeed Collection: Stories, Ann

Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery Reception: Feb. 15 5-7 p.m.

Mar. 4 - Mar. 29 Doyne Dodd: Photographs Focus Gallery Reception: Mar. 7 | 5-7 p.m.

Mar. 18 - Apr. 21 Carly Machen: MA Photography Exhibition

Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery Presentation: Apr. 4 | 6-7 p.m. Reception: Apr. 4 | 7-8 p.m.

Apr. 8 - May 10 artLAUNCH: group exhibition Focus Gallery Reception: Apr.18 | 5-7 p.m.

Mar. 25 - Apr. 19 Annual Student Competitive

Brad Cushman Gallery Reception: Mar. 29 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.

May 1 - May 12 BFA and Professional Practices Exhibition Brad Cushman Gallery & Ann Maners and Alex Pappas Gallery Reception: May 2 | 5-7 p.m.

Scan the QR code to see the list of spring exhibits Gallery hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sundays: 2 – 5 p.m.

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July 9-28


Toes will be tapping, spirits will be soaring FEBRUARY FEATURED ARTIST AT ART GROUP GALLERY

August 6-18


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A homecoming step show tests & strengthens the bonds of fraternity brotherhood


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August 22-24


Put on your Sunday clothes for this lively concert production, in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

September 3-15


A world-premiere dark comedy from Arkansas writer, Joseph Scott Ford

Swan Lake 2/17-2/18 Robinson Center

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45th Anniversary Turning Pointe Gala 3/9 | Robinson Center Ballroom Honoring Gina Gemberling & Karen Trevino


Rick Fleetwood, Charles Evans, Tara & Larry Stebbins

Deanna Lewis, Ron Ekstrand, Elaine Eubank & Alfred Williams


Four Seasons in Art & Song

Friends and patrons of Easterseals Arkansas gathered at the organization’s Center for Training & Wellness for this year’s Art & Soul. The evening showcased an art auction as well as the facility where some the art was created. Proceeds of nearly $98,000 support the mission fulfillment work of Easterseals Arkansas: helping children and adults with disabilities live, learn, work and play in communities with independence.

March 8 - 10


Irish harp, flute, voices & dance for St. Patrick’s Day

June 14 - 16

– BROADWAY: INTO THE SECRET GARDEN – Cabaret Fusion from Sondheim, Bernstein, etc.

Cathy Browne, Kathryn Norton

September 13 - 15

– OPERA CLASSICS MIX: ARIA BATTLE – Best of Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, etc.

December 13 - 15


19th Annual Sacred Classical Christmas Concerts


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Muses The

Creative Artistry Project

Jamie Lynn Jones, Emily Cobb, Susan Tillemans, Ashley Locke

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Kanesha Adams, Chris Jones, Michael Ankton, Zaria Moore, Marcus Eubanks, Bjorn Simmons

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center:

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As an anchor to Little Rock’s historic W. 9th St. Corridor, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center continues its legacy of service with a fully renovated permanent exhibit that brings visitors into the story of historic W. 9th Street, Black History, and the Mosaic Templars of America. Director Quantia “Key” Fletcher recognizes that with the 140-year legacy of the Mosaic Templars of America comes a responsibility to celebrate those who share in this mission. This extraordinary class of Trailblazers represents the outstanding individuals who help preserve the history of the African American experience in Arkansas and carry forward the spirit of the Mosaic Templars Building Preservation Society. “Trailblazers are the ones fulfilling the mission of the museum, who are preserving, interpreting, and celebrating Arkansas African American history and culture.”

Rodney Block, Stacey McAdoo, Vinson Joiner, Terri Hollingsworth, Joyce Warren


Vinson Joiner

Wendell Scales Jr.

Michael L. Ankton

Christopher Jones

Tara Shephard

Rodney Block

Stacey McAdoo

Bjorn Simmons

Marcus Eubanks

Zaria Moore

Theresa Timmons

Terri Hollingsworth

Brittany Moss

Joyce Warren

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Alice & Willie Abson

Nathaniel Noble, Gisele Hudson

Kanesha Adams, Serena Nelson

Leron & Stacey McAdoo

Ebony Kendrick, Sylvia Smith

Renee Hubbard, Pearl Wilkerson

Herb & Deborah Suttlar

William Robinson, Sharon Lanier

TRAILBLAZERS LUNCHEON Friends and colleagues gathered at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for the Trailblazers Luncheon. The afternoon celebrated 15 years of preserving black history and culture. Additionally, the Trailblazers - a group of outstanding individuals who also help preserve and further the African American experience in Arkansas – were presented at the anniversary luncheon. City Director Bruce Moore and Darius Nelson were honored posthumously. The organization continues its legacy of service with a fully-renovated permanent exhibit at the reimagined center. Cynthia Bond Hopson, Kaleybra Mitchell

Shawn Burgess, Jean Nelson

Kristen Hardy, Denver Ford

Korto Momolu, Kiffany Pride, Brenda Hatton Ficklin, Lottie Shackelford, Theresa Timmons, Bruce Brown

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Suzanne Ornelas, Nikki West

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Breaking the cycle: How women can combat UTIs For nearly half of all women, urinary tract infections (commonly referred to as UTIs) become an uncomfortable reality at some point – and for a quarter, they’ll occur recurrently. Inflammation caused by bacteria like E. coli can impact any component of the urinary system – the bladder, ureter, urethra or kidneys – and cause slight to severe discomfort. Women don’t have to just grin and bear it when faced with UTIs, though. Safe, proven medical treatments are available for lasting relief and a better quality of life, and there are proactive measures women can take to reduce their risk of developing UTIs to begin with. You’ve probably heard that supplements like cranberry extracts can help prevent or address UTIs, but both scientific and anecdotal evidence remain mixed. Staying hydrated, fully emptying the bladder, urinating after sexual intercourse and avoiding the use of spermicides are proven to lower women’s risk of contracting a UTI. Women who experience recurrent UTIs – characterized as two culture-proven infections in six months, or three in a year – can benefit from a visit to the urologist. A urologist can perform imaging of the kidneys and bladder to ensure no drainage issues or stones are present and, if a UTI is found to be recurrent, they can prescribe low-dose antibiotics. These are proven to be an efficient and effective way to stop the cycle of frequent UTIs for 90-95% of women who experience them. If you or a loved one are dealing with UTIs regularly, talking to a health care provider can help bring relief and allow you to return to a more comfortable lifestyle. Ask for urology at CARTI or talk to your health care provider about a referral today. John Paul Brizzolara, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a urologist with CARTI, serving patients at the not-for-profit cancer care provider’s flagship campus in Little Rock and in Pine Bluff. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association and American College of Surgeons.


ASK FOR CARTI. Urology can be complicated. But luckily, CARTI makes it easy to get the expert care you need. CARTI’s team of urology experts can treat all kinds of urological conditions – from benign issues like kidney stones and fertility issues to cancer-related conditions of the urological system. For trusted urology care close to home, ask for CARTI.

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Fellow Arkansans – neighbors, colleagues and friends - are sharing a light of peace, kindness and generosity that makes The Natural State a little brighter. Inviting Arkansas and Methodist Family Health celebrate individuals who illuminate our community with goodness. Nominate someone today for a future feature that SHINES. “Community is everything to me. I’m not from Arkansas. My family chose to move here and, truth be told, I fought it at the very beginning. However, my sentiments quickly changed, all because of this warm community that embraced me and what I was trying to accomplish.” Kevin Shalin, renowned for The Mighty Rib blog, believes good food helps build community. “It’s a little cliché, but it’s true. I’ve seen it time and time again.” His devotion to the culinary scene in Central Arkansas is steadfast, and he loves how it brings people together in fellowship. “I’ve lived in two big cities, Houston and Boston, and for its size, Little Rock truly is something special.” For more than a decade, Kevin has collaborated with proprietors to showcase these unique and authentic offerings. “At its core, motivating people to support businesses is why I do what I do.” The heart of The Mighty Rib is true… Kevin is quick to note, “The Mighty Rib is not a business. It has never been monetized and generates no money. It started as a passion project, but it is now a HUGE part of my life.” As popularity for The Mighty Rib continues to impress him, Kevin utilizes the platform as a public service – cultivating opportunities for people to connect through meaningful dining experiences. “Food is the great unifier. People who

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have almost nothing in common can bond over a delicious meal.” For more than a decade, Kevin’s life work – in addition to dad duties – remains unwavering. He is an ardent advocate for the shop + dine local initiative and realizes there’s more to accomplish. Through an innovative partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, The Mighty Rib provides Facebook posts to patrons < restaurants and individuals > who contribute to the organization. “Basically, I ‘sell’ ads and write a post on my page.” This year, the campaign generated 54 percent more proceeds. “I am behind the mission of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Their passion fuels my desire to further their mission.” Any encounter with Kevin reveals an authenticity and devotion for the Natural State that is steadfast. He believes in the power of community and recognizes that food plays an important part in our history, culture and future. And he makes it seem so simple – like a delicious Arkansas praline, but not. “I take what I do very seriously, but if you follow the blog, you also know I enjoy having a good time, cracking jokes, poking fun, even at myself. Mostly at myself. I never, ever take the bond I have with this community for granted. It means everything to me.”

JUNIOR DEPARTMENTAL CLUB ANNUAL LUNCHEON Little Rock Junior Departmental Club hosted its annual luncheon and fundraiser at Chenal Country Club. Established more than 50 years ago, the club’s steadfast purpose supports local charitable organizations across Central Arkansas. Highlights from this luncheon included a performance of Dream Your Dream with Judy Trice, Kathryn Pryor and Bob Bidewell as well as a Cecil’s Fine Jewelry gift certificate offered through a raffle. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Learning Disabilities Association of Arkansas.

Sally Riggs, Brenda Weeks, Sally Goss

Becky Whelan, Anne Pattillo

Judy Harbour, Dianne Phillips, Bucky Thomas, Betsy Meyer

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BIG DILL Pickleball Tournament … A BIG DEAL By L. LAMOR WILLIAMS | Photography by LORI SPARKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY | Shot on Location at BURNS PARK

THE INAUGURAL BIG DILL PICKLEBALL Tournament attracted nearly 200 registrations for matches on the new courts at North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Those registrations generated about $20,000 to support the programs and ministry of Divine Mercy Health Center. They have big plans for serving those in need and sponsor support is a pivotal part of the pathway to having a statewide network of Divine Mercy Health Centers bridging health equity gaps around Arkansas, says Dr. Lee Wilbur, the organization’s executive director. “Putting on a tournament is a big undertaking, and no tournament would be successful without the generous support of sponsors,” Lee explains. “That’s why we were so blessed and honored to have Arvest as the title sponsor of our first event which was also the first to be held on Burns Park’s new pickleball courts.” One of Divine Mercy Health Center’s main ministries is its Mobile Medical Missions where the group takes healthcare services to churches around Central Arkansas so community members can visit with a physician, receive free lab tests and schedule appointments with their Care Connection team of social workers who then guide patients to valuable social services and resources. 34 | J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 4 | invitingarkansas.com

Neal, private banking and mortgage manager for Arvest in Little Rock, points to the bank’s mission statement “People helping people find financial solutions for life,” as the base reason for not only sponsoring the tournament but volunteering with Divine Mercy Health Center. “That’s not just our mission statement, it’s part of our culture, it’s engrained in the DNA of the organization – from the highest-ranking officer to our entry level associates – that we are not just a financial services provider, we’re people who live and work alongside those in the communities we serve to make those communities better.” Lee says Arvest has committed to three years of being the title sponsor and he’s looking forward to watching the tournament increase in size over the next two years. He expects the competition to remain at Burns Park but doesn’t expect Divine Mercy Health Center to remain the same. “We hope to open a brick-and-mortar clinic in 2024. This first clinic would be a sort of incubator, a proving ground from which a statewide network can grow. We wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without the support of volunteers and corporate philanthropy from community focused organizations like Arvest.”

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PRESBYTERIAN VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL Friends and families gathered in the Presbyterian Village courtyard to celebrate the season and generate support for the organization. Guests enjoyed light bites and live entertainment by the Stanley Young Band. Proceeds of more than $10,000 support the critical resources and services that help Presbyterian Village residents maintain quality of life - promoting health + spiritual well being as well as personal dignity and independence.

Todd Yakoubian, Dawn Yakoubian

Tony & Cheri Rogers

Lisa Jackson, Chris Marsh, Sandra Wyatt

Shirley Garlington, Cathy Murphy

Don Maurer, Frances DeLeuil, Sherrie Klugh

Jill Martin, Joyce Savage

Missy McSwain, Ray Wittenberg, Ann McSwain

Derrick & Melody Sugg

Kay Ewart, Charlotte Meredith, Teresa Roseberry

Christy Lund, Annie Zvonecek

Vekeo Dowden, Carolyn Berry, Jasmine McDonald, Marcia Barbee

V-AMP OUT ALZ Friends and patrons of Alzheimer’s Arkansas gathered at the Argenta Community Theater for an evening of rock n’ roll that supports Alzheimer’s Arkansas. The Ditty Meanies took the stage and impressed fans with crowd favorites. Proceeds of $10,000 provide resources for caregivers of the more than 275,000 Arkansans with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Tina Hunter, Glenda Caton

Stephanie Cook, David Rainwater

Julie Robbins, John Pugh, Lucy Pugh, Blaine West

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HOLIDAY HOUSE PREVIEW PARTY Celebrating more than three decades as the shopping event of the season, Junior League of Little Rock hosted its annual Holiday House with merchants from across the country. Friends and patrons attended Preview Party for an exclusive opportunity to shop. Proceeds from Holiday House support JLLR community projects that improve the lives of women and children in Central Arkansas.

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Jane Manca, Joy Dailey

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Channa Barfield, Kim Scallion, Jodie Jolly, Christina McKissack, Kellie Pham, Kelli Hood, Stephanie Henderson, Kim Wood

Mimi Hurst, Sara Beth Leader, Jan Hundley

April Prewitt, Mary McCraw, Maradyth McKenzie

CAMP ALDERSGATE FISH FRY Fried catfish enthusiasts and friends of Camp Aldersgate enjoyed an afternoon of family fun at the organization’s facility. Activities included carousel rides, a petting zoo, yard games, face painting and the iconic fishing derby. Camp family Breanna McMillan and her sons Carter and Will were celebrated for their commitment to the organization. Proceeds support the programs + services of Camp Aldersgate: offering life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs. Jay Mitchell, Sonya Murphy

Lance Toler, Adam Nash

Lee Sing, Cathy Engelkes, Holly Marr, Wendy Wood

Ashley Embry, Hallie Freyaldenhoven

Alex Talley, Allison Ingram, Caleb Byrd

Landon Duff, Jessica Duff

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“A friend’s dad, Big Barney March, was a cardiologist in Alabama, and I saw how kind, caring, professional and smart he was. And I thought if I could be half of what he was, I would be proud and happy.” Dr. Patterson is the chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, CEO of UAMS Health and a renowned cardiologist. It was after idolizing his childhood friend’s father while growing up in Mobile, Alabama, he made matters of the heart his life’s work. Dr. Patterson earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University, his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business. He pursued his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, where in 1980, a team performed the first coronary angioplasty and in 1987, the first coronary stent in the United States. Dr. Patterson became a research fellow at the Cardiovascular Biology Laboratory in the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and a clinical fellow in cardiology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas, where he joined the institution’s faculty in 1998. “I became passionate about diseases of the heart, but I became even more so about trying to do something about them,” Dr. Patterson explains. As an investigator or co-investigator in cardiovascular research, Dr. Patterson received more than $60 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Heart Association. “I pursued the research pathway and got involved with the American Heart Association. It’s the one place where everybody can learn and think about heart disease. It’s not just for physicians or researchers or patients or their family members. What I appreciate about it is it is the one place where all these people can come together to think about impacting the burden of heart disease.” Arkansas is the number one state in our country in the incidences

of heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heart disease is the number one cause of disability and death in our society,” Dr. Patterson elaborates. “For us to become more heart healthy as a state and a nation, we must start with our youngest generation. Did you know that if a child is obese when he or she graduates high school, there is more than a 90 percent chance they will be obese for the remainder of their lives? We must change this, and the first thing we all can do is go to a physician, get our blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and learn how to manage them.” The American Heart Association’s report, Life’s Essential 8, explains that less than 30 percent of children meet high healthy heart standards. Of the youth in Arkansas, nearly 20 percent are obese, based on body mass index. Children are classified as obese if their calculated BMI is in the 95th percentile or above for their age. Of the 334,800 in our state’s population, 66,192 are obese. The American Heart Association is addressing this alarming rate of obesity in Arkansas through educational programs. The Kids Heart Challenge provides lessons, tools and activities to support both mental and physical wellbeing for Arkansas students and families and staff. Last year, 137,362 students in Arkansas participated. Dr. Patterson will be recognized at the 2024 Heart Ball on Saturday, April 6, with the Worthen-Cornett Award for his commitment to addressing heart health. “Engaging in regular physical activity, eating a heart-healthy diet and avoiding tobacco are important to wellness, but so is mental health,” Dr. Patterson adds. “It can positively or negatively affect a child’s health and risk factors for heart disease and stroke. If every child in Arkansas were to do one thing each day to make their hearts healthier, I would be so proud, and I know Big Barney March would be, too.”

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THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION works tirelessly to Congruent with the With Bold Hearts initiative, the Heart Ball improve heart health in Arkansas, and in Hot Springs it’s a lot of will showcase the importance of teaching + knowing hands-only fun for everyone involved. CPR and solicit guests to Each year, the Hot Springs help transform community Heart Ball brings awareness wellness. Proceeds from the and critical support to the Heart Ball support CPR fight against heart disease. education in classrooms, It’s also a celebration for the community, churches and Hot Springs community to businesses. American Heart recognize ways to combat this Association – Central deadly disease and prevent it. Arkansas Executive Director American Heart Association Nikki Smith adds, “And any Regional Marketing other place people are willing Communications Director Cyd and able to learn CPR.” King shares startling statistics Another highlight of and notes the most effective the evening is the formal and timely response can save presentation of the Hot lives. “Each year, more than Springs Sweethearts. This 350,000 people suffer outprogram provides a unique of-hospital cardiac arrest opportunity for high school in the United States. Only sophomores to participate in about 10 percent of those a comprehensive program people survive. This year, the designed to teach heartAmerican Heart Association is healthy initiatives and asking the public to join With cultivate civic responsibility Bold Hearts and help ensure with time devoted to the local that at least one person in hospitals. Nikki notes this every household knows handsoffers a unique opportunity only CPR.” to cultivate an interest in the Heart Ball Chairman medical profession and the and CHI St. Vincent continued mission fulfillment Interventional Cardiologist work of the American Heart Dr. Oyidie Igbeoki and her Association in Arkansas. “We husband Greg realize the have the unique capacity urgency. The couple, along and capability to lead with with National Park Medical instruction and policy change Center Interventional across all 50 states, including Cardiologist Greg St. John and Arkansas,” Nikki explains. his wife Mary will welcome “Our moment is here. Let’s friends and patrons to the meet it and build a nation Heart Ball next month. of lifesavers.” Dr. Greg & Mary St. John, Dr. Oyidie & Greg Igbeoki

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Geoffrey & Susana White

Maurine Miller, Pat Switzer

Eric & Natika Porter, Casie & Nathan Littlejohn

Eli Fahad, Noreen Killeen

Tyler & Shada Tapp

Natalie & Dennis Berry

Vickie Gilliam, Gary Troutman

TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS Friends and supporters gathered at Mid-America Science Museum for this annual celebration of great flavors and gracious giving. Guests enjoyed culinary delights from more than 20 Hot Springs restaurants, bakeries, breweries and distilleries. Proceeds support Mid-America Science Museum’s educational programming: creating an interest in science through interactive exhibits and more.

Suzy & Rob Saettelle

Stuart & Kay Fleischner

Mark & Patti Fleischner

Tejal & Parth Patel

Tina & Chris Ho

Rachel Holmes, Paula Gonzalez, Kari Barbera-Bars, Karen Loyd

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ANGELS OF HOPE PINK PARTY The Angels of Hope gathered at Radiology Associates for the annual Pink Party. The evening showcased the importance of breast cancer prevention + detection through informative videos and games along with ample opportunity to ask questions. Comprised of high school juniors, the Angels of Hope Program promotes an attitude of service above self offering camaraderie to residents of the lodge, encouraging volunteer work and inspiring girls to be leaders in the community. A highlight of the 20th Century Club Hope Ball is the formal presentation of the Angels of Hope – after completing at least 25 hours of volunteer service at the lodge.

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Ashlin Spann, Melisa Smock, Heather Robinson, Morgan Butler Beyer

Haven Eiler, Maggie O’Dea

Jordan Jacuzzi, Chloe Jacuzzi

Derek Lewis, MD, Rose Shaw Bullock, MD,

Ava Schueck, Conley Brock, Holly Wilcox

Jensyn Robertson, Jaylen Hagood

Taylor Stansbery, Ann Maire Nguyen

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A QUICK DRIVE to Pine Bluff is full of excitement at the Saracen Casino. With nearly 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games, it’s a party waiting to happen … just add a bride-to-be and a few girlfriends. Inside the casino, the thrilling dingding-ding of winners across the floor is a sign it’s going to be a good time! The first million dollar-plus jackpot slot machines are operating exclusively at Saracen Casino. The new progressivepot slot machines are connected to casinos in multiple states including the Las Vegas Strip. Wheel of Fortune is definitely one to try with an average payout $1.6 million. That’s what keeps these ladies pulling those slots – hoping to be the next lucky winner before a walk down the aisle + “I do.” From the cheering at the craps tables to the distinctive whirl of the roulette wheel coupled with the strategy and anticipation at the blackjack tables - the sights and sounds created an unparalleled atmosphere. Every group of girlfriends can pick a game to suit the style for the day, the fun and winning continued … The Saracen roulette is renowned for the best odds and the easiest game to play… pick a number, red or black, odd or even… BOOM! The craps table can be too much concentration and strategy for ladies of leisure. A definite MUST is cocktails with Tim at Red Oak Steakhouse. After years at the Capital Hotel & Grill, he’s a beloved beacon in the bar scene of Central Arkansas and even remembers our beverage of choice! Red Oak Steakhouse combines elegance + ease with Southern hospitality – offering the impeccable service and attention to every detail. From light bites to Kobe steak and lobster, it’s an extraordinary experience among familiar faces in the Arkansas culinary scene.

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ALWAND VAHAN JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW Friends and clients of Jones & Son Diamond & Bridal Fine Jewelry enjoyed an intimate Alwand Vahan Jewelry trunk show. Renowned as jewelry for every season, the afternoon featured the newest collection of Alwand Vahan Jewelry. Guests enjoyed libations, light bites and lots of fellowship. Mae Abrams, Darrow Jones

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Have you finally found that special someone that you want to spend forever with? Jones & Son wants to help you find the perfect ring for your future bride. Jones & Son has been Arkansas’ premier jeweler since 1986, and over the years we have helped countless couples find the right engagement ring for the right price. THE LARGEST INVENTORY IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS One of the most unique things about Jones & Son is that we not only have a large selection of engagement rings to choose from. We carry the biggest brands in the jewelry business such as Michael M, Verragio, Henri Daussi, and Tacori. However, the key to our success is our very own Jones & Son collection and exclusive custom collection, we call it our Jones & Son Couture and Jones & Son Custom Collection respectively. All of these rings feature our very own Jones & Son logo on the inside of the ring and are made of the highest quality materials. Also these rings along with our branded collections from the top manufacturers offer a Lifetime Manufacturers Warranty which is very important and key to what we offer. DIRECT DIAMOND IMPORTER OUR DIAMOND PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE Jones & Son is a Direct Diamond Importer, which means we buy our diamonds direct and import them to save you money. We have the lowest margins on GIA Certified Diamonds. Furthermore, whatever you found online ring or diamond we can beat that price, it’s that simple. More often than not just talking the time to show up in our store you’ll be blown away by how much we can save you.

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CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming marriage! We know wedding planning can be complicated: so many details and people to coordinate as well as decisions at every turn. Our goal is to simplify the most important part - the drinks! Whether it’s a quaint party or an extravagant affair, O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor is dedicated to providing the ultimate concierge experience.

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Caitlin Birrell married James Bornhoft at the Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens. James is a native Arkansan and Caitlin is from West Virginia. The couple met in Colorado and returned to Hot Springs after graduating from the University of Denver Law School. The ceremony was officiated by a beloved professor, where the two exchanged personalized vows. Family and friends enjoyed a reception celebration at the Hamp Williams Building in Historic Downtown Hot Springs. After a honeymoon in Mexico, the Caitlin and James continue careers as attorneys.

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September 21, 2023 Family and friends from Arkansas, Alaska, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oregon gathered in Northern Ireland to celebrate the marriage of Vanessa Moody to Dustin Cline. On a cliff overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, the couple wed during a ceremony near Dunluce Castle. A reception at Quays Bar & Gastropub followed; dancing and drinks continued at Springhill Bar. After traveling travelling throughout Ireland, Vanessa and Dustin reside in Little Rock; Dustin continues his career as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska.

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Thank you for helping us improve the quality of lives for adults and children with developmental disabilities served by AEDD

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, patrons, and volunteers for generosity and dedication to the mission of AEDD!

Thank you IN KIND Sponsors!

Serving Central Arkansas since 1971 AEDD (Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled) 105 E. Roosevelt, Little Rock, AR 72206 www.aeddinc.org


changing lives Spence Churchill has had trouble swallowing for most of his life as the result of having polio as a child. He managed his condition without trouble until about three years ago, when doctors discovered an almost baseball-sized tumor on his left thyroid. Surgery to remove the cancerous mass didn’t help with his swallowing, so he was forced to use a feeding tube. After examining Churchill and talking with him about his swallowing issues, UAMS otolaryngologist Dr. James Suen said he could help. Dr. Suen used Botox injections to relax a paralyzed vocal cord, greatly improving Churchill’s ability to swallow and eliminating the need for a feeding tube.

Kathy and Spence Churchill with their daughter, Kristin Trulock

“I’m so glad my wife and daughter convinced me to seek help. I had resigned myself to possibly having a feeding tube the rest of my life, and I’m eternally grateful to Dr. Suen for his experience, expertise and willingness to help. He nailed it for me.” – Spence Churchill, Little Rock

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