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National Philanthropy Day Luncheon


The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosted its annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The event hosted more than 400 guests to celebrate the spirit of philanthropy in Northwest Arkansas by recognizing local individuals, corporations and organizations for their philanthropic work in the community. Proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales support scholarships for local chapter members and professional development opportunities for nonprofit directors, fundraisers, and board members. The honorees were featured in the November 2023 issue of CitiScapes Magazine.

Light of Hope


On Nov. 7, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas hosted its Light of Hope Breakfast at the Rogers Convention Center, which featured keynote speaker Greg Cathey, Walmart senior vice president for transformation and support. Then, on Nov. 14, the organization hosted its Light of Hope luncheon at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. The luncheon featured keynote speaker Adam Deckinger, Tyson Foods general counsel and secretary, as well as a video story about a former foster youth, Violet McCain. Both events were presented by General Mills. Across the two venues, more than 1,000 individuals attended to learn about and promote the mission of CASA, which is to provide compassionate volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. At these events, CASA of Northwest Arkansas raised more than $400,000 through the support of sponsors and generous guests.

Tails of Love Preview Party


On Nov. 17, Humane Society of the Ozarks celebrated the 13th edition of Tails of Love with a preview party at the Springdale Country Club. Approximately 125 guests enjoyed delicious food and desserts from the country club, refreshments from McBride Distributing & Liquor World, a silent auction, and music by a DJ. This year’s photo book is filled with photography showcasing pets — and their people — from Northwest Arkansas and beyond. The event raised more than $15,000 benefiting the organization. All proceeds from the event and book sales support HSO programs, including low-cost spay and neuter assistance, emergency vet care assistance, rescue and adoption, shelter and rescue outreach, feral cat trap-neuter-return, senior citizen pet care, and community education.

Christmas at Peel Museum


The Peel Compton Foundation held its annual Christmas at Peel Museum Gala, presented by Nestlé and The Walmart Museum, on Dec. 1 at the Peel Museum & Botanical Garden in Bentonville. The event welcomed approximately 200 guests for a festive evening, which included a signature cocktail hour and sit-down dinner curated by chef Matthew Cooper of CONIFER with wine pairings from Trinchero Family Estates as well as live and silent auctions. The honorary chairs for the evening were Javier and Meagan Zavala, and the event co-chairs were Melody Richard and Jane Ewing of Walmart. Nearly $125,000 was raised for year-round programing across the foundation’s four properties in Bentonville, including Peel Museum, Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Osage Park and Compton Gardens & Arboretum. The next Christmas at Peel Museum is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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