THE SOCIAL FRONT
Savor the Flavor
Faith in Action, an outreach program of Washington Regional Medical Foundation, hosted Savor the Flavor along Dickson Street in Fayetteville on Sept. 3 and around downtown Bentonville on Sept. 19. The walking, tasting tours offered over 400 attendees an opportunity to sample delicious small bites and sip on specialty beverages from 20 local restaurants in Fayetteville and Bentonville. The event raised more than $50,000 to support Faith in Action’s mission to provide homebound seniors with non-medical services to help promote their independence, dignity and quality of life at no cost.www.wregional.com/faithinaction
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas held its annual BIG Event on Sept. 12th at Barn at the Springs in Springdale. The event was hosted by Silvia Azrai Kawas and Sean Jackson. The organization honored its two “Bigs of the Year” at the event, chosen from more than 400 volunteers across Northwest Arkansas. Jeff Young was named Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year was Terry Sanford. Legend Maker sponsor for the event was General Mills with other major sponsors including TreeHouse Foods, Nature Nate’s, Riviana and ConAgra. All funds raised from this event stay local to support over 400 active mentoring relationships in Northwest Arkansas. www.bbbsnwa.org
Chefs in the Garden
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks hosted the 12th Annual Chefs in the Garden at its location in Fayetteville on Sept. 10. Chef William McCormick, executive chef at Eleven at Crystal Bridges, served as honorary chef to a record crowd of over 880 people. The event featured samples from 17 local restaurants, catering venues and chefs, as well as entertainment by Hogtown Hot Club. Bonefish Grill with Chef Paul Wright won the “People’s Choice Best Chef” award. Fork & Crust Pie Co. with Chef Lori Rae won the “People's Choice Best Bite” award. The award for "Chef's Choice Most Creative Bite" went to Chef Kurt Plankenhorn of 28 Springs Restaurant, and The Hive's Chef Matt McClure won the "Chef's Choice Best of the Best Chef" award. Students from the hospitality innovation program in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences worked the event for credit and hands-on experience toward their major. The event raised $70,000 that will support the garden’s educational programs and services for children and adults. www.bgozarks.org
On Sept 20, Cobblestone Farms hosted its 6th annual Harvest Party at The Barry Farm in Bentonville, presented by Delano Farms & Four Star Fruit, Inc. The event included a cocktail hour with mixologist Melody Payton and refreshments provided by Falling Rock Distillery, Macon & Carson Apple Brandy, Premium Brands, Liquor World, Guess Who?, Core Brewery, Fossil Cove Brewery, Bike Rack Brewing Co. and JBGB. Approximately 200 guests attended the event and enjoyed a farm-to-table meal prepared by Chef Aria Kagan of Brightwater, a center for the study of food. Live music from Will Gunselman, DJ Swift 720 and DJ Theronius Chunk entertained guests for the evening. This year’s Harvest Party raised over $40,000 to support Cobblestone Farms’ mission to grow fresh food and donate to families and hunger relief agencies in the Northwest Arkansas community.
An Evening to Shine
An Evening to Shine, WelcomeHealth’s annual dental fundraiser, was held at Hilton Garden Inn on Sept. 20. Approximately 100 guests witnessed Dr. Kristen Beavers and Dr. Angela Broomfield as they received the JB Hays Community Needs Award and a special recognition to Darryl Paterson for their volunteerism and financial support. Dana Reynolds was the event emcee, and the Honey Collective entertained the crowd. The fundraiser brought in $18,000, which goes toward the mission of providing low-income area residents with quality, no-cost medical and dental care. www.welcomehealthnwa.org
Help the Girls
The Chase Family Foundation hosted its Help the Girls event Sept. 26 at the Springdale Country Club. Local men and women mingled and enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres at the drop-in gathering that was held in support of local domestic violence shelters. At the event the foundation collected a total of 1,459 bras and panties, which included 766 bras and 693 pairs of ladies underwear to be divided between Peace at Home Family Shelter in Washington County and the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter in Benton County. www.chasefamilyfoundation.org
Gold Crown Gala
On Sept. 27, the Junior Auxiliary of Rogers-Bentonville hosted the Gold Crown Gala and 50th Anniversary celebration at The Reserve of Osage House in Cave Springs. More than 160 people attended the event and helped to raise over $30,000. Cheryl and Michael Dastugue, EVP and CFO of Walmart, US, served as honorary chairs. Marissa Kargas served as the evening's emcee. The night's festivities included a silent auction, complimentary pictures from the Looking Glass, a champagne wall and a raffle for David Yurman earrings, sponsored by Blakeman's Fine Jewelry, and live music by the band Red Ambition. Food and drinks were provided by P.F. Chang's, Bonefish Grill, Magda's Catering, Capriccio Ristorante, Southern Glaciers, Guess Who?, Bike Rack Brewing Co., and Pepsi. All proceeds allow JARB to continue to serve the underprivileged children and youth in Benton County through hands-on projects focused on promoting literacy, mentoring youth and alleviating hunger.
Big Business Brunch
The year’s final Big Business Brunch took place Oct. 2 at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Big Brothers Big Sisters board chairman, Kerry Robinson, served as event host. Megan Crozier shared reflections with the audience, including her new role as chief merchant officer at Sam’s Club, and how mentoring has played an important role in her life, both personally and professionally. The brunch was a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas and brought awareness to the youth mentoring programs and the positive impact it brings to the region. Signature sponsors for the event were General Mills and Pepsi Co, with other major sponsors including Englander dZignpak. This was the highest attended brunch of 2019, with more than 150 attendees present. www.bbbsnwa.org
Hall of Honor
The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation held its annual Hall of Honor induction ceremony Oct. 1 at the Fayetteville Town Center commemorating the educators, alumni and friends who have helped make Fayetteville the thriving community and school district it is today. The 2019 inductees are Conrad Odom, Lolly Greenwood, Mireya Reith and Dr. Carmen Lierly (inducted posthumously). Guests enjoyed the Fayetteville High School Orchestra during the reception, dinner provided by Chef Miles James and served by Fayetteville High School student groups, and a finale performance by the Fayetteville High School Encore Choir. www.fayedfoundation.org
Northwest Arkansas Heart Walk Leadership Luncheon
On Oct. 2, the American Heart Association held the NWA Heart Walk Leadership Luncheon, hosted by CitiScapes Magazine, at Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Rogers. The event served as a kickoff for the 2020 NWA Heart Walk, to be held April 4 in the parking lot of the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's largest event for raising funds to fight the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Nearly 100 guests were in attendance, including 2020 NWA Heart Walk co-chairs Sarah Alderson and Kevin Head; as well as Lisa Bores, inaugural chair of the walk’s citywide executive challenge. Guests also heard from Terri Rose, mom of stroke survivor Ryley Williams. Her story really drove home the need for more research in heart and stroke prevention and care.
Beautiful, Healthy You! Circle of Red Kick Off
On Oct. 3, Paris Presents hosted Beautiful, Healthy You!, the American Heart Association Circle of Red recruitment kick off at Haxton Road Studios in Bentonville. Members and prospective members heard remarks from 2020 Go Red for Women co-chairs Debbie Alsup, Silvia Azai Kawas and Jody Pinson about the association’s mission and how it pertains to women’s health. Guests at the kickoff enjoyed a fall beauty preview by host Paris Presents and the Walmart Beauty buyers. Recruitment is ongoing. For more information about becoming a member, call (479) 439-6800.