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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. 13 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The event hosted 450 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 2019 issue of CitiScapes Magazine. www.community.afpglobal.org/afparnorthwestchapter/home

Jewels of Giving Gala

On Nov. 15, the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank hosted its 11th Annual Jewels of Giving Gala presented by Unilever at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. Sarah Alderson and Mark Huffman served as the honorary chairs of the event. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Event attendees responded very generously to a special appeal to support the Northwest Arkansas School Pantry program. KraftHeinz provided a $35,000 match to donations given at the event. Unilever stepped up to the challenge with an additional $10,000. A total of over $85,000 was donated to fund the School Pantry program. In 2018, the NWA Food Bank distributed over 8.5 million pounds of food within Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties. www.nwafoodbank.org

Gala for Education and Access

TheatreSquared hosted its annual Gala for Education and Access on Nov. 14 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The event featured a wine reception, gourmet dinner by Bordinos, and a cabaret performance by James Taylor Odom (Murder for Two at T2) and Elisabeth Evans (Once on Broadway and at T2). Nearly 450 guests honored Kirk Thompson and Brett Burch with the 2019 Arts Advocate Award and Bentonville Fulbright Junior High teacher Laurie Harrison with the Arts Educator Award. Susan and Orville Hall were presented a special award for hospitality, being recognized for their generosity in hosting scores of T2 artists in their home over the past decade. The Education Challenge was led by Mary Benjamin and raised $52,000 for arts in education outreach. In total, the event raised more than $180,000. This support will allow T2 to reach 20,000 students and teachers this year and support ticket access programs for 8,000 Arkansans. www.theatre2.org

Celebrity Waiter Gala

The 21st Annual Celebrity Waiter Gala, “Divine Renaissance: A Night at the Pink and Green Cotton Club,” hosted by the Phi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Tea Rose Foundation of Northwest Arkansas, was held Nov. 16 at Fayetteville Town Center. Celebrity waiters represented community leaders from historically black Greek-letter organizations. The event included dinner, entertainment and a casino-night theme complete with gaming tables. Honorees of the evening included Katina Semien, attorney, motivational speaker and community advocate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and John Newman, professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas. KNWA reporter Nkiruka Azuka served as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies. SyNRG Band provided entertainment to the 350 guests in attendance. The event raised funds for scholarships, as well as poverty, health and other nonprofit initiatives. www.akapao.com/tea-rose-foundation

Tails of Love Preview Party

On Nov. 16, Humane Society of the Ozarks celebrated the 10th edition of Tails of Love with a preview party at the Springdale Country Club. Approximately 300 guests enjoyed delicious food and desserts from Springdale Country Club, refreshments from McBride Distributing, live and silent auctions, and live music from the Jerry Dowding. This year’s photo book is themed “Celebrating 10 Years” and is filled with photography of pets and people from Northwest Arkansas and beyond. The event and book sales raised more than $40,000 benefiting the organization. www.hsozarks.org

Light of Hope Luncheon 

On Nov. 19, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Northwest Arkansas hosted the Light of Hope breakfast at John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, and, on Nov. 21, a luncheon at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, presented by General Mills. Across the two venues, more than 1,300 individuals attended to learn about and promote the mission of CASA, which is to provide compassionate volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children. More than $459,000 was raised through the support of sponsors and generous guests, which is enough to provide advocates to 340 new children this year. www.nwacasa.org

NWA Boutique Show

On Nov. 22 and 23, thousands of shoppers enjoyed holiday decor and amazing shopping offered at the Northwest Arkansas Boutique Show at John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. Many shoppers got an early start during the VIP shopping experience on Friday morning, in a calm and festive holiday atmosphere, and at the Girls Night Out on Friday night, which featured treats from local restaurants, a cash bar, door prizes and a live DJ. General shopping hours continued on Friday and Saturday, where many shoppers kicked off their holiday shopping, perusing more than 180 merchants with a range of specialties including home décor, gifts, clothing, gourmet food, holiday décor, children’s items and art. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Junior League of NWA, the Fayetteville Junior Civic League and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. www.nwaboutiqueshow.com