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By Katrina Dupins | Photos courtesy of Arkansas Children’s

2024 Will Golf 4 Kids and Gala of Hope

Benefiting Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Every year, the generous Northwest Arkansas community comes together to raise money for Arkansas Children’s Northwest during the two-day Will Golf 4 Kids tournament, followed by Gala of Hope. Together, these volunteer-led events have raised more than $22.7 million for children.

 

This year’s event marks the 30th annual golf tournament and the 16th annual gala.

 

The Will Golf 4 Kids tournament was founded by Walmart in 1993. The four-person scramble will be held Aug. 1 and 2 at the Dogwood and Kingswood golf courses in Bella Vista. The tournament will feature morning and afternoon shotgun starts, legendary goody bags, and opportunities to network with other champions for children in the region.

The 2024 golf chairs are Mike Sewell with Market Performance Group, Tony Murphy with Acosta, and honorary co-chairs Silvia Azrai Kawas, executive vice president of consumables at Walmart, and Will McDonald, merchandising vice president of beverages at Walmart.

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Will Golf 4 Kids is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Play Yellow tournament. One winning team will qualify for the Jack and Barbara Nicklaus Play Yellow Invitational.  

 

The black-tie gala is scheduled for Aug. 2 at the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center. The high-stakes evening, hosted by chairs Tareneh and Dr. Lance Manning, will feature games of chance, fine dining, live entertainment, and impressive live and silent auctions.

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2024 Will Golf 4 Kids tournament and Gala of Hope Champion Child Gracelyn with her parents, Lauren and TJ Lee
(Photo by Beth Hall Photography)

Last year, Arkansas Children’s served more than 170,000 children — more children than ever before. In 2023, the state’s only pediatric health care system announced a historic expansion that will increase access to pediatric care, enhance exceptional outcomes for kids and elevate patient experience on both of the system’s hospital campuses. The expansion at ACNW will include: added surgical space; more operating rooms, procedure rooms and hospital beds; and additional clinic space.

 

Arkansas Children’s is growing to improve child health for kids like Gracelyn Lee, the 2024 Will Golf 4 Kids tournament and Gala of Hope Champion Child. This Fayetteville first-grader almost always has a bright, beaming smile on her face. She loves a good dance party, showing cows and talking about her many animals.


Nearly two years ago, Gracelyn was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a kidney cancer that mainly affects children. She received lifesaving treatment at Arkansas Children’s hospitals in Springdale and Little Rock. Lauren and TJ, Gracelyn’s parents, are profoundly grateful for Gracelyn’s resilience and the support of their care team, who became more like family during their challenging journey.

 

“I felt like I was at home,” Lauren said. “Gracelyn got to the point where she would tell them how to access her port and how she wanted her bandages applied. She was very much a part of the decisions that were made.”

 

“Our experience was the best hospital experience we’ve ever had,” TJ said. “Arkansas Children’s turned a horrible situation into something positive.”

 

Gracelyn has been cancer-free since August 2023 and sees her ACNW oncology team regularly for follow-up care.

To learn how you can join in and champion children like Gracelyn, visit www.golfandgala.com.

To learn more about Arkansas Children’s expansion,
visit www.archildrens.org/expansion.

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