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Tommy's Night Out
Tommy's Night Out

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Tommy's Night Out
Tommy's Night Out

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Tommy’s Nite Out

On Sept. 30, approximately 400 members of the community, friends and family gathered together to generously support Tommy Van Zandt for Tommy’s Nite Out at the Arkansas Air Museum. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Sly with Wedding DJ NWA, food catered by TidBits NWA and a live auction that included many great trips. A special thanks was given to Tommy’s caregivers Amber Higgins, April Pittman, Ava Schiederer, Brittany Pittman, Diana Castillo, Julia Vasquez, Lorena Sanchez, Lynne Blaire, Mishell Quintero, Piper Duncan and Zaira Murillo. All funds raised are considered to be a blessing by the Van Zandt family and the proceeds directly benefit the Van Zandt family trust. www.friendsoftommyv.com

Men's Night
Men's Night

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Men's Night
Men's Night

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Men’s Night

On Sept. 30, St. Joseph Catholic School held its 15th annual Men’s Night at Stone Chapel at MattLane Farm in Goshen. Approximately 200 men gathered for both live and silent auctions, a premium steak dinner by the Knights of Columbus, cigars and top-shelf drinks. The event raised more than $47,000 through sponsorships, ticket sales, auction items such as a vacation to Cancun or a LUX Precision Fire Grill, raffles and games to benefit the school — a 2014 and 2020 National Blue Ribbon School — in Fayetteville. www.sjfayschool.com 

The Big Event
The Big Event

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The Big Event
The Big Event

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The Big Event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas hosted its 8th Annual "The Big Event" on Sept. 29 at Osage House in Cave Springs. Hosted by Jennifer Baumhoer and Melody Richard, this annual gala honored Big Brother of the Year, Isaac Weaver, and Little Brother of the Year, Brenden. The program featured guest speakers such as Board Member Joseph Obiri and Committee Member and former Little Sister Rachel McReickel, who shared how the mentoring program has positively impacted her life. Nestle and General Mills were top sponsors for the evening. Unilever served as Legend Maker Sponsor and provided sponsorship for the evening program. Other top sponsors included Conagra and J.M. Smucker Co. There were more than 275 people in attendance to support the cause. All funds stay local to support the 270 active Big and Little relationships and 1,200 individuals that Big Brothers Big Sisters serves at no cost throughout the year. www.bbbsnwa.org.

Rebuilding H.E.R.
Rebuilding H.E.R.

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Rebuilding H.E.R.
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Rebuilding H.E.R.

Magdalene Serenity House presented its inaugural Rebuilding H.E.R. event on Sept. 29 at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville. More than 150 guests gathered to celebrate the organization’s fifth birthday, honor founders, and recognize the achievements of graduates in their healing and recovery journeys. During the event, the program's first graduate and peer recovery support specialist, Sophia Dugwyler, shared her story and how she now uses her experience to help current program participants succeed. Executive Director April Bachrodt presented all graduates with a keepsake gift. To end the evening, Board Chair Lowell Grisham provided special recognition to Bachrodt, who has served the organization since its beginning. www.lovehealsnwa.org

Help the Girls
Help the Girls

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Help the Girls
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Help The Girls

The Chase Family Foundation hosted the 8th annual Help the Girls event on Sept. 22 at the Springdale Country Club. This event supports Peace at Home Family Shelter, Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Magdalene Serenity House, Seven Hills Homeless Center, St. Francis House for the VFW, and Saving Grace by donating new or gently used bras and new panties to help women in need. “In many situations when leaving an abusive situation, individuals leave their home with just the clothes on their back,” said Susan Chase-Bakker. “The comfort of a new piece of underwear could give them the confidence they need to move on with their life.” The event included light hors d’oeuvres and collected 729 bras and 1,085 pairs of new ladies’ underwear. www.chasefamilyfoundation.org

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Champions Party
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Champions Party

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Champions Party

The 2022 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G held its annual Champions Party on Sept. 20 as part of #NWAChampionship Week in Northwest Arkansas. Nearly 750 guests gathered at Topgolf in Rogers for a fun-filled celebration sponsored by Unilever to kick off the week. The event included a live DJ, an interactive photo booth, and a Beat the Chef and LPGA Pro challenge. What began as solely an LPGA tournament has expanded into a week of celebrating the Northwest Arkansas community, with events that extend beyond just golf, including BITE Experience @ the LPGA, the 5k @ the LPGA benefiting Mercy, Yoga on the Green presented by Birds Eye and other community-driven events. The winner of this year’s tournament was Atthaya Thitikul. www.NWAChampionship.com 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dinner

On Sept. 16, the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation presented A Midsummer Night’s Dinner in partnership with Natural State Distributing at Fayetteville Public Library. This culinary fundraising event included a five-course prix fixe menu by Chef Matt Eiler with FPL’s 641.DELI and Aaron Walters of Natural State Disturbing, complemented by expert wine pairings. The first course was a charcuterie of fresh figs, dried fruit, artisanal cheese and meats, followed by a second course of salad with roasted grapes, local asparagus, feta, freeze-dried egg and a walnut lemon honey vinaigrette. Then guests enjoyed chilled soup with champagne melon, Fresno chilis, peekytoe crab, basil oil and melon croutons. The main course was black cod with bell pepper, tomato olive tapenade and Israeli couscous, and then for dessert, forest roll, shaved pandan coconut and freeze-dried berries. Local professional actors and Fayetteville High School students performed scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout the event. The event raised $6,000 to benefit the Fayetteville Public Library Foundation and their efforts to support the library’s programs. www.faylib.org

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Bill Fleeman Gentleman of Distinction Gala
Bill Fleeman Gentleman of Distinction Gala

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Bill Fleeman Gentleman of Distinction Gala

On Sept. 16, Hope Cancer Resources hosted the 19th Annual Bill Fleeman Gentlemen of Distinction Gala at the Rogers Convention Center. Fashion sponsor By Request for Men in Fayetteville outfitted local leaders to model for the annual fashion show. This year’s recipient of the 2022 Gentleman of Distinction Award was Randy Koontz for his leadership in making cancer support available to families in our region. The show’s models included: Larry Balle II, MD, UAMS Health; Tyler Brown, Carpet One NWA; Neal Bundrant, Smithfield Foods; Cody Davis, Signature Bank of Arkansas; Nathan Fridley, Kinder’s Seasonings & Spices; Wes Garner, MD, Highlands Oncology; Zach Hocker, Cushman and Wakefield Sage Partners; Shawn Holloway, Benton County Sheriff’s Department; Jon Kargas, PhiGenics; Omar Kasim, Kasim Ventures; Josh Lock, The Hershey Co.; Jeff Lynch, Hostess Brands; Lehman McNabb, Merrill FSA; Nicolas Mejia, Nestle Coffee Partners; Mike Rains, America’s Car-Mart; Todd Ring, Collier & Associates; and Stan Rodgers, First Security Bank. Presented by Harps Food Stores, the event raised $263,570 for cancer patients during their cancer journey. www.hopecancerresources.org