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Panther Gala
Panther Gala

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Panther Gala

On May 14, St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Fayetteville, held its annual Panther Gala at the Fayetteville Town Center with presenting sponsor Nabholz Construction. Father Jason Tyler kicked off the evening with a prayer, and approximately 250 guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, dancing, a photo booth, a wine pull and entertainment by DJ Brock. The evening also included both a silent and live auction. In total, the event raised more than $100,000 to support the school and its programs. www.sjfayschool.com

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Gala for Education and Access
Gala for Education and Access

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Gala for Education and Access

TheatreSquared hosted its annual Gala for Education and Access on May 12 at the Fayetteville Public Library. The event featured an outdoor cocktail hour with live music by Funk Factory. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner by Chef Matthew Cooper of The Preacher’s Son and a performance by Tony Award-winner Santino Fontana throughout the evening. More than 450 people were in attendance. Guests honored Esther Silver-Parker with the Arts Advocate Award for her dedication to arts and education, Margaret and Dick Rutherford were presented the Cornerstone Award for their leadership and commitment to theater, and the Arts Educator Award went to Spencer Sutterfield of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School. In total, the event raised more than $200,000. This support will allow T2 to reach 20,000 students and teachers this year and support ticket access programs across Arkansas. www.theatre2.org

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Mini Derby
Mini Derby

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Mini Derby

The 10th Annual Mini Derby hosted by Equestrian Bridges gathered more 400 attendees May 7. The event featured music by Boom Kinetic, live miniature horse racing, mint juleps, open bar, best-dressed contests, raffle drawings, silent auction and a Kentucky Derby watch party on a huge screen. The event raised more than $50,000 for the Rogers-based nonprofit — all proceeds went directly to scholarships to help children and families in Northwest Arkansas through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. The organization is still campaigning to raise funds as they develop the future Wellness & Riding Center in Lowell, minutes off the interstate on more than 100 acres of land that has been donated to the organization by Johnnie and Johnelle Hunt Family. www.equestrianbridges.org

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Pawject Runway
Pawject Runway

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Pawject Runway

On May 6, The Animal League of Washington County hosted its first-ever Pawject Runway at the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center. The event included dinner, drinks, a silent auction and live music by Red Ambition. Approximately 350 guests enjoyed a fashion show by local boutiques with rescue dogs strutting down the runway. The event raised more than $50,000 for animals in need in Washington County, with a portion of the proceeds helping to fund efforts supporting animals in Ukraine. www.animalleagueofwashingtoncounty.org

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UnGala FUNraiser
UnGala FUNraiser

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UnGala FUNraiser

Northwest Arkansas’ most outrageous fundraiser, the Scott Family Amazeum’s UnGala FUNraiser presented by Nabholz Construction, returned to the Amazeum in Bentonville on May 6. The museum welcomed more than 250 ticketholders from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for activities inside and outside the venue. Tom Ward, executive vice president and chief ecommerce officer for Walmart U.S., was this year’s honorary chairperson. The event featured a one-acre Playscape with one-of-a-kind activations, as well as the debut of POP!, a music and dance installation created by Gentilhomme. More than $85,000 was raised to support Amazeum accessibility initiatives. www.amazeum.org

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One Haute Night
One Haute Night

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One Haute Night

On May 5, the annual Beach Bingo Bash and the Haute Trash Couture Fashion Show fundraising events were combined into One Haute Night at the Fayetteville Public Library. Approximately 265 guests attended the event, supporting the Elizabeth Richardson Center and its mission to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, featuring a beach-themed night with live music by the Rachel B Band, a cocktail hour, a silent auction, delicious savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres, bingo games with prizes valued over $150 a piece, and a fashion show to end the evening. The event raised more than $55,000 benefiting the center. www.ercinc.org

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Wine Dinner
Wine Dinner

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Wine Dinner

The Jones Center’s Sassafras Wine Dinner returned in person May 5 at Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery in Springdale. Honorary co-hosts Gene and Cheryl Long, owners of Sassafras, opened up their beautiful venue to 120 donors and guests of The Jones Center. Jon and Melody Richard served as the evening’s event co-chairs.  Spectrum Brands served as this year’s Signature Sponsor. The evening included a special four-course dinner, featuring a braised short rib, presented by Chef Case Dighero of Edible Culture, with Derek Kilpatrick of Sassafras Springs providing wine pairings with each course. The Jones Center CEO Terri Trotter, Scott Jordan of Civitas Inc. and Marlon Blackwell of Marlon Blackwell Architects shared future programming plans and the latest renderings of the 54-acre Jones Campus Vision Plan. Nearly $70,000 was raised to support summer programming for families at The Jones Center.www.thejonescenter.net

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Blue Jean Baby Ball

Compassion House hosted its 2nd annual Blue Jean Baby Ball on April 29 at Barn at the Springs in Springdale. More than 250 guests attended this country-chic event, which included dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment by David Baxter Band and more. Guest speaker Shyanne Romine spoke about her time at Compassion House and her transformation, and guest of honor Arkansas State Rep. Clint Penzo spoke about community involvement. The event raised approximately $50,000 to support pregnant teen moms and babies within the Northwest Arkansas community. www.compassionhouse.us

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Red Shoe Soirée 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkoma celebrated its 8th annual Red Shoe Soirée on April 29 at Osage House in Cave Springs. Approximately 375 guests attended the event, presented by McDonald’s and Tyson. The evening featured a new VIP cocktail hour, a raffle drawing, silent auction, and a live auction including several chef's dinners, one-of-a-kind trips and more, presented by the Bailey and Oliver auction team. Kara Ault was presented the 2022 Taylor Award for her continuous dedication and support, and Allison and Bentley Harrell were the evening’s Featured Alumni Family. The event raised more than $200,000, which will be able to provide over 1800 nights to children and families in Northwest Arkansas. www.rmhcofarkoma.org

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Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon

Saving Grace of Northwest Arkansas hosted the 13th Annual Butterflies & Blooms Luncheon on April 28 at the Rogers Convention Center. This year’s event hosted nearly 1,500 guests who enjoyed lunch and comments from executive director and co-founder Becky Shaffer, and stories of impact from Saving Grace alumni and staff. KLRC’s Morning Show co-host and Saving Grace friend Christy Beth led a lighting ceremony, and Diamonds Worship and the University of Arkansas Inspirational Chorale led in worship. Approximately 630 donors raised more than $340,000 for the organization’s yearly budget, directly benefiting girls who have aged out of foster care or found themselves homeless and lacking critical supports. Saving Grace serves 12 young women at a time in their current location, and the need to expand is great as they receive more than 150 applications a year. www.savinggracenwa.org

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Style of Leadership Show & Luncheon

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Style Show, presented by Arvest Bank, was held on April 26 at the Fayetteville Town Center. More than 200 guests attended the event, which consisted of lunch and a style show put on by local boutiques, Dillard’s and students from the University of Arkansas merchandising apparel and product development program. Dr. Marti Sharkey, a local pediatrician and the city of Fayetteville’s health director, received the Sarah Jessie Young Leadership by Example Award presented by Beaver Water District.

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